Everyone celebrates the holidays differently. My family has some traditions that are unique. Before Christmas, my family goes to Macy’s SantaLand and we tell Santa what we want for Christmas. (We have to wait on a CRAZY long line but it’s totally worth it.) After that, we look for the perfect dress for our New Year’s celebration. Another tradition is that my sister, mom, and I bake sugar cookies. My sister and I cut them out with the cookie cutter of our choice and our mom puts it in the oven. Later, when the cookies are cooled off, my mom makes frosting in different colors and my sister and I frost them however we want. Then on Christmas Eve my mom, dad, sister, grandma and I go to church. After that, we bring the cookies to our bisabuela’s (great-grandma’s) house for the whole family to share! ( We save a few for ourselves and for Santa, of course. ) We eat foods such as rice and beans, corn, pernil (a traditional Puerto Rican pork dish), turkey, lasagna, corn casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, and bread. We also play games, talk, dance, and open presents from our family that live far away and cannot come and watch us open our gifts on Christmas morning.
Before the Holidays, our school has a Holiday Boutique and I buy something nice for my aunts, uncles, sister, grandparents, and parents.
Every year before Christmas, my aunt always buys all the cousins matching pajamas! This year she got us red and black flannel nightgowns for the girls and a matching onesie for the boys.
On Christmas morning, my sister and I usually wake up early and just watch television while we wait for our parents to wake up. When they FINALLY wake up, they watch as my sister and I open our presents from them and from each other. Then we give our parents the presents we bought for them and watch as they open them. After that we go to my grandparents’ house and eat breakfast. We usually eat potatoes, chocolate chip pancakes (or just normal pancakes), eggs, bacon, biscuits with jam, and fruit. Always excited to open presents, the kids in my family usually finish breakfast first. We beg the grown-ups to finish eating quickly so we can open our presents, but they take their time, enjoying every bite!
Finally, when the adults finish eating we take a picture of all the cousins in our matching pajams, then we tear open the presents!
After Christmas, New Year’s is not far behind! We go to my bisabuela’s house and PARTY!! We also celebrate my sister’s birthday (which is on January 2nd)! The whole family comes; aunts, uncles, cousins, EVERYONE! We usually bring board games and basically eat the same food that we eat for Christmas Eve.
Then we put on the TV and Count down! TEN, NINE, EIGHT, SEVEN, SIX, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Those are my family’s fun traditions! Happy Holidays Everyone!