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.