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Holiday Traditions

One of my favorite things about the winter holidays is the traditions my family has. I also like hearing about other people's traditions so here we go....

Santa exists. Well, for at least 24 hours.

  • We track Santa on the NORAD website and as I write this he is dropping present in Japan.
  • Everyone in the house gets a stocking of small presents
  • Christmas morning the kids (that includes me) get the stockings and glasses of orange juice and bring them up to my parents' bedroom where we proceed to open the stockings while sitting on their bed. And, really, it's like Santa exists for that small amount of time
Christmas lights. On December 23 or 24 we drive over to Quinientos Street to the most awful/wonderful display of Christmas lights in town. The guy covers his house, his garage, the surrounding land and even has bits going on to his neighbor's house. It involves lights, blow up stuff, singing/dancing Santas and more. I love it!

Beach walk. No matter what the weather has been like in Santa Barbara building up to Christmas day, the 25th is always clear, sunny and beautiful so we walk down to Butterfly Beach (less than a mile down my street) and go for a beach walk. The tide is usually low so this includes checking out the tide pools.

Food matters. For breakfast we used to get chocolate croissants from a local bakery, but they burned down 18 months ago and we switched to homemade Belgian waffles. YUMMY! We eat roast chicken (used to be turkey when there were more of us at home), my mom's mashed potatoes (the best in the world), broccoli, carrots and green beans.

How about you, what is your favorite holiday tradition?

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