Holiday Traditions






Name: Alixis Lupien
Living: currently living in California, but grew up in Texas


Holiday tradition: I grew up and was taught the traditions of Christmas, as practiced by a traditional Christian church. As I became older and realized that I no longer believed in that system, I began to adopt a more pagan view of the holiday, while keeping my most favorite traditions, such as the Christmas tree, presents, and the acts of giving. 


Why it is special: this time of year is my absolute favorite. It's so special to me, because we have more time to spend with our loved ones. The house is permeated with smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves, sweets are plentiful, and comfort is key. This is the time when the skies are overcast, temperatures are cool, and hearts are warm. It's the time of rebirth. That's probably why the Catholic Church decided to use this time to celebrate the birth of their Christ, instead of the actual birth date. 

Christmas, for me, is a time to be connected to the energies around me and to give back to them however I can.

Holiday Traditions





Name: Lauren R.

On Thanksgiving day, after the parade, my sister and I watch Miracle on 34th St and White Christmas, every year.  This began when we were children, watching it with our grandparents and has continued together, even now that we are adults. (Some years via FaceTime or Skype.)

However, now we spend more time in the kitchen with my mom, as well, but we still set up an iPad and watch our favorites and break out into song and dance.  Especially for the "sisters" number with Rosemary Clooney.




Our family structure may have changed several times over the years, adding my children, losing our grandparents, welcoming our "adopted" brother (a very dear friend of my sister since childhood, and when he came out to his family, the disowned him), but the movie tradition continues and singing sisters has always stayed.


Holiday Traditions


I have seriously always like October-December.  I like celebrating traditions, even though I don't look like a "traditional" person.  To me, a tradition is something you hold near and dear, and is part of what the Holiday Season means to you.


Here are some "traditions" from some of my friends and family.







Name: Travis F. (he is my cousin, so I bet you will spy me in some of these photos)
From: Missouri

 My Thanksgiving tradition is watching the original Star Wars trilogy.


This came about due to my loathing of football, and sports in general.


The full story behind this comes from spending Thanksgivings at my grandpa Dishman's house. There were two TVs, the one in the living room and the one in his bedroom and on Thanksgiving there were ALWAYS both of these taken over by the sports ball. After I turned 14 or 15 I got the trilogy on VHS and started taking over one of the TVs before the sports ball could start and all three movies were long enough to be able to effectively camp the back TV for most of the duration of the time spent there.


I've just turned 38 and I've never skipped a year on this tradition of mine, so I've been doing this for over twenty years. I don't even care where I spend my Thanksgivings, I take over a TV.


It is special to me to since I've been able to keep this going, taking over a TV, and still getting to show my disdain for the sports ball.


Hmm... Of course, these are MY opinions - likely to be as flawed as anyone elses. Um, really, I guess you should assume that eveyones speaking out of some external influence, believe in whatever makes sense to you. - Nny JTHM #3