Staff Picks

My favorite Christmas tradition is… singing loud for all to hear.

Keri Thomas:
My favorite Christmas tradition is being with my family and making our chocolate mint Christmas cookies. We’ve made this recipe every Christmas my entire life, and it quickly became my sisters and I’s favorite. We would beg our mother to make them every year. These cookies require a lot of time and effort so, my sister and I decided to learn how to make our favorite cookies ourselves, which are known to my family as “the Christmas cookies”. This tradition has continued every year, no matter what. Even though they are delicious, my favorite part about making these cookies isn’t eating them, It’s making them with my sister. It’s always been a great way for us to bond. Now that she is gone most of the year in college, I don’t get to see or talk to her as often. That makes this special time during the holidays even more valuable to me. My favorite aspect of Christmas traditions are how they bring family together and bring back good memories.

Leighton Bullock:
My absolute favorite Christmas tradition is when everyone is home for the holidays. My mom makes this amazing Norwegian Christmas cake called ‘Julekaka’. Its a traditional Norwegian sweet bread that is topped with some homemade flavored frosting that my mom makes. It’s a recipe/tradition that has been passed down my mom’s side for generations. Every year our family can’t ever get enough of it. As soon as it’s in the oven, we can’t wait for it to finish cooking so we can devour it. Sometimes she’ll spend the entire afternoon making different kinds of it only for it to be gone so fast because the rest of the family can never get enough. My mom normally experiments with the recipe too, sometimes she will add dried cranberries, raisins, or almonds, and extra sugar on top. But, what makes the Julekaka so special, is that it’s something we only get to savor during the Christmas holidays. It’s a holiday staple for our family every year, and I don’t think it will ever get old, But, I know that every year when Christmas is over the whole family is gonna miss it.

Grace Clark:
I don’t celebrate Christmas, but if I did my favorite part would be gathering around a super toasty fire in my living room, and watching a super funny holiday themed movie with my family. I used to celebrate Christmas when I was little, since then, my family’s religion has changed. Although I don’t celebrate it at home, I really enjoy going to Kyle’s house and spending time with his family because they are so welcoming.

Arick Mattson:
I love when my family and I circle around the hospital and say a prayer after singing Silent Night. I love how the community comes together and is able to be of one voice, and of one purpose. I live in a household centered around Jesus Christ, and the prayer around the hospital is a time for me to be at peace with myself, and feel good about my choices in life. In my family, Christmas is a time to give and to serve. What better way is there to serve, than to spend your time singing and praying for the sick and injured? With the additions made to the hospital, and the previous success that the hospital prayer has had, I have no doubts that this year will have more people than ever. I hope that everyone will be able to come so that we can all have a fun experience, and be able to give some of our time in the name of the Christmas spirit.

Kaitlyn Smith:
Every Christmas Eve, my Mom buys these ridiculous Christmas pajamas that we have to wear Christmas Eve night, and on Christmas morning. She purposely buys really bright colored, and kind of embarrassing ones, and it’s a tradition we’ve been doing since I was a little kid.
Jaret Warstler:
My favorite tradition is on Christmas day when our family gets together at my house in the morning for a Christmas breakfast and to open presents around the tree. We normally get together at around 8:30 a.m. in our pajamas and have a breakfast feast. Then we all go down in the living room and bump Christmas music and make a mess with unwrapping presents. After the presents, we open our stockings which is really my favorite part. Later in the day, we all get together again at a relatives house and we have a roast beef dinner. After we eat we then also open a few more smaller presents.


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