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Thursday: Holiday Traditions!

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 7:47 PM


Happy Thursday, everyone!

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This week, we're sharing our Holiday Traditions!


We all have some sort of tradition that we keep up with every year during the holidays. It might be as simple as drinking eggnog and watching Love Actually with your loved ones, or as hilarious as forcing an uncle to dress up as Santa every year and getting every member of the family sit on his lap while they open their presents. These traditions are part of what makes the holidays so much fun, and this week we get to share them with each other!
  • Share one of your favorite holiday traditions in the comments below. 
  • Ten Premium Members who take part will be randomly selected to win 100 Points each
  • All entries must be in Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM Los Angeles time. 
One of my favorite traditions comes from my Polish grandparents. Every Christmas Eve, my family gets together and we break Oplatek (a type of thin Polish bread) with each other and wish each other well. It's a great time, and I look forward to it every year.

Happy Thursday everyone, and may your holidays be merry and bright!

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MeloDenesa Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Every Christmas I will lament on how I don't celebrate Christmas...
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TheBirthdayMuffin Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My family and I have a huge Christmas party where every year, after we open gifts, we turn on the ceiling fan and put the wrapping paper into balls and throw it at the fan to see where the wrapping paper goes
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icefire8521 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I make a Christmas ornament in dedication of someone who has helped me that year. It usually represents something they like, something we did together or something representing how they helped me.
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Tasha9090 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Our Christmas tradition is Listening to Christmas music, as well as going out to the mountains and cutting down our own Christmas tree and decorating it. As well as making our family recipe of syrup cookies that are truly addicting! And then on Christmas eve night we each open one present each, only one, its a tradition we do every year. :)
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ThePhoenixKing Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
My family's Christmas tradition is to watch the 1951 film Scrooge starring Alistair Sim as the titular character. "I must stand on my head, I must stand on my head..." :) Good times.
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RainbowSparkleBitch Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My Christmas really hasn't been the same since my grandfather passed away, we don't really continue with traditions like we used to, or if we do, it's not every year like it was. My favourite was always eating Strada for breakfast. We all had to sit down and eat breakfast before we could get to presents, it was just the rule. We also had to guess what every gift was before we were allowed to open it xD
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PrinceAcuario Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student
My family and I celebrate "posadas". We eat a bunch of food : )
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Silvanne Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Where I live the tradition is to hit a piece of wood with a stick while singning a song, and then it throws presents to us all!
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IchigoMurasaki Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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This is a drawing for me to explain how my family celebrate Christmas:

Every other year for Christmas me & my family goes out to donate a few gifts for the needy or ",Homeless" who need help during the Holidays.
When I was in School I would give some can of vegetables,meat products,soup cans ect, for School donations to get a "A" in glass.
If we have time on our hands we goto Tennessee to see my cousins to give them our pressents so, we know what to get them the year after. So, that's pretty much it for my family tradition.
"I'm not adding the picture to the contest just, showing it as an example".
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Nahnum Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Traditions? Here in Mexico we have the typical 'posadas' where we pray and proceed to recreate Mary and Joseph's search for a place to stay while singing songs, and finally breaking a piņata! Some people even offer food to everyone who attends! Its done everyday until the 24th, i believe...
However, in my family we usually stay at someone's place until the 25th comes and we celebrate with the biggest dinner possible!!
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ducky-overlord Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
My favorite tradition is making Bunky Salad with my grandmother. It's a layered salad with a special dressing that my great grandmother thought up. It's something that we only make on Christmas so that always made it really special. Besides, there's something really awesome about learning how to make everything from my grandmother and being able to help put it together.
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8-BitQuilter Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:3 One of our traditions is that when we go to my grandma's house, she always makes these bear shaped breads, and all the grandchildren gather 'round the table, where we all hold part of the bear. Everyone looks nice and calm, and someone takes a picture. Then, on the count of three.... 8D We decapitate the bear and rips off its limbs to devour, with much gusto and fanfare.

8'D It's just not Christmas Eve if a bready-bear hasn't been drawn and quartered by the grand kiddies.
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My family gather round the table after dinner and are handed little whistles which each all play a different note, then we attempt to play christmas songs. By the end of this endeavour my sister is usually shouting and the rest of us are crying with laughter
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DasGhul Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013   General Artist
I'll be OFFLINE. :)
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Leyfiction Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
me and my grandpa listen to his old Elvis christmas record and dekorate te tree together  QuQ
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Odoms-Spire Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A tradition of my mom's and mine is that we have to watch the same 5 Christmas movies every year:
The Ref
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original)
The Nutcracker (ballet with Mikhail Baryshnikov)
The Snowman
The Nightmare Before Christmas
We have to watch them every year! Its not Christmas if we don't!
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IchigoMurasaki Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to join the next contest that ends December 24!~
Are collabs allowed? If not that's okay. ^_^
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conspir Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist
We go to the beach at my grandmother's to see my cousins, and then take a walk on the beach on Christmas morning. Then we eat a lot.
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WilliWeissfuss Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We play cards with the whole family and everybody tries to cheat all the others :D
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Aerode Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
We buy a bunch of food, stop by random doorsteps and give them out every morning. A little bit of cheer can brighten up a stranger's day. :w00t:
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ElvirasThirst Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome :la: 
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Aerode Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's like an anonymous form of caroling. Without the caroling. :ninja:
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ElvirasThirst Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
IT really is! You and your family are amazing! I wish more people would do that! I went through the cupboards with my parents and we are taking all the doubles and extras we have and going to do that now! I showed them your comment and we all thought we should do it too :) 
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Aerode Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're so kind. I'm glad I could help with something. Happy giving! :la:
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Mommy-of-Ein Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
We unwrap our presents on Christmas Eve, so that on Christmas Day, we can remember the true spirit of Christmas and why its actually around.
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Every Christmas day we listen to the antique radio (that's from the 40's or 50's) and turn on the fireplace channel on tv while we open presents. :D
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MisAnimal Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
On Christmas morning, we all sit down and eat cinnamon rolls and look into our stockings. After we open our presents, we go to our grandmothers house for dinner, where we hang out and talk and laugh. Its a very relaxing day for my family, full of fun and games. (Usually the new video games that are often given) 
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Smiling-Moon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My family doesn't seem to really have any traditions that are crazy or not normal. We cook the day before to have a large Christmas dinner, we open presents in the morning, and my sister and I usually go see our Dad. Other than that, we play it by ear.

I have given myself a tradition though. I watch the Nightmare Before Christmas every year on either the eve or day of Christmas. I'm really the only one that loves that movie, so I watch it by myself, but when I have children, I plan to make this a tradition in our family ^^
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Eitvys200 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have just one simple tradition. My family gets together every year :aww: No matter what we are doing we will be together on the Christmas eve and 1st Christmas day :)
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tk36477 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it's more of a street tradition, but every year since we moved onto our street, our entire street has dressed the trees that line the road in uniform red trunks and white branches. And along with all the other little bits of decorations on each of our lawns, I'd say it's one of the most beautiful streets in our neighborhood, if not our town, just because of the uniformity. 
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IncandescePrincess Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Every year my mum and dad take me out to choose a Christmas tree and we cut it down by hand. When we get home, we take out the ornaments we've collected for the past 15 or so years and put them on the tree, telling stories and asking if we all remember certain times. It's really fun and I love being that close to my parents.
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piercingemeralds2 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
I love decorating and baking holiday cookies with my friends and family. :)
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Silver-the-kid Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

We put out stockings and read the night before Christmas to the children in the family. When we were little we'd leave out the cookies and write Santa Thank You notes. :) My Daughter is too young for that this year, but I can't wait to see her little scribbles to Santa next year! (one year I did my note on a Light Brite Back when they were new. Whoah.)

The adults then stay up and watch Christmas Vacation! :D in the morning we are allowed to open stockings, and we have a pancake breakfast before we open Gifts. 

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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student General Artist
One of my favorites has to be our unique Christmas dinner. Every year since we moved into our "new" house (10 years now) my family has had a BBQ for dinner that night. Rain or shine. I look forward to having burgers and hotdogs with all the dressings. It is so special to me because it is something we can all enjoy and do together. When it rains it makes everybody annoyed but we end up laughing about it later and we always end up with stories to tell for the next few months. Oh! I almost forgot to mention why I didn't include snow with the rain and shine, this is because where I live we don't get snow.
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LittleWolfDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Writer
My favorite tradition has to do with baking. Every year my mom and my two sisters bake cookies together. It's one of the few times during the year that all three sisters can be in the same room without fighting. It's a very precious moment for me. Plus, the cookies come out great!
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student General Artist
That's a beautiful reason for it to be your favorite. lol yeah good tasting cookies are always a plus. ;)
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WynterPhoenyx Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My favorite thing about Christmas is sitting around the table eating good food (especially the green jello) and just having a good time with my family :D Opening presents is also fun too ;P
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WindsCaller Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
My family doesn't really have a holiday tradition XD
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just bury myself in blankets, eat my bodyweight in chocolate & watch a certain special about a grandma & some reindeer XD
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student General Artist
That sounds like fun :D
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's kinda lonely to be honest (& I'm lactose intolerant so my love of milk chocolate does not work out so well despite the low milk content. XD)
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Ugh that sounds pretty annoying. My friend is the same way with lactose and I can't have hot chocolate because it gives me a headache:(  Well I hope you enjoy your holiday anyway and if you feel like it you could always comment/note me and I'll get to it when I'm able :)
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It totally is since it limits the things I can eat (T.T I hate not being able to eat nachos without feeling an icky sensation in my throat-does that happen to you to?)

No worries but thank you for the offer :huggle:
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Nope, just hot chocolate is my issue, I'm not sure about my friend though. And not a problem at all. :hug:
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure whether to consider that a blessing or a curse. XD

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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student General Artist

Hmm I'd say a curse because when it's cold out and like 7pm I'd like to have something warm to drink and coffee keeps me up if I drink it at that time of night.

Well hope you have a good holiday. :)

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Coccis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Candles. That's one tradition I love very much. Every year just before the Christmas sauna we go to the graveyard to place candles on the graves of our relatives. It is quite lovely sight to see the whole place filled with light and if it happens to be snowy, the effect is even more beautiful. It's a small way to remember those, who are not here with us anymore. 
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Creativeness Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013   General Artist
We all pile up the presents we bring up under the tree, have a huge Christmas eve dinner and then :santa: Santa comes in the evening and gives the presents to all. When there are kids around someone dresses up as :santa:Santa and puts all the presents in a big yellow bag and comes in and asks if there are any nice children there. Otherwise, if only adults are present, we just start giving eachother the gifts from under the tree. And opening them. :D Exciting and fun either way :D And shaking and guessing what is in them and urging people to open them so all can see what they got. :D I love to give presents! It's even more fun than getting them. :D I'm like :santa:Santa at :heart:heart. :)
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VioletDanka Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm from Poland so in my family we also break Oplatek with each other :D But my favorite tradition we keep since me and my siblings were little children is waiting for angels. That's right in my family there wasn't a story about Santa Claus, because we used to live in a high building, sixth from seven floors. So there was no way Santa could come to us via chimney. Instead of it when the traditional Christmas dinner is over everyone is coming out to the next room and we all stare into the window, trying to notice angels and leaving open the door of balcony. I didn't notice it before, but every year one person of family was going out of the room (toilet or anything) and then they put presents under Christmas Tree. So when we all came back to the living room there were presents already and we, as children were absolutely sure that some angels came into our home and put them there :meow:
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Lil-Hawk Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
We'd gather at my grandparents' place for a big holiday dinner and then after dinner we'd start singing holiday songs, then promptly stop singing and start complaining about how horrible a singer my aunt is and throw napkins/leftovers at her and start a food fight. LOL =p
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