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What are your holiday traditions?

Filed by KOSU News in Feature, Public Insight Network.
November 28, 2012

The holiday season means different things to almost every different family. It could be a chance to welcome family into your own home for a busy Christmas Day, or it might mean traveling across the country to visit other relatives.

It could be a day long celebration, or week long. It could stretch over a couple weekends, when you count visits to in-laws and others.

Whatever the case, we want to hear your holiday traditions. What makes them unique? What might change this year? And why? Better yet, do you come from an interfaith family?

And in this holiday season, we become more aware of those who have less than us. What do you do to give back? Is it  a day at a nonprofit? Or one big donation? Or have you been forced to cut back?

It wouldn’t be the holidays without shopping. What’s changed for you this year?  Why? Are you a crammer, waiting until the last minute, or do you like to plan things out? What’s your strategy?

Any responses will only get reviewed by the KOSU newsroom. If we’re interested, we’ll be in touch. And Happy Holidays!

One Response to “What are your holiday traditions?”

  1. Bruce says:

    Christmas 1998

    This was the weekend to get a Christmas tree. Lanie and John like the larger trees. They borrowed the neighborís pick-up, so the van would not be a limiting factor. Since the tree farm prices are all the same for trees over ten feet, price is not a limiting factor either. Well, the owner said we really got a Christmas tree this year and helped us wrestle it into the truck. We wrestled it out of the truck and to the door too. It seemed larger than usual. Our tree stand was too small, by about an inch or two in diameter. Lanie had to search out a larger tree stand. She found one that would fit, but the label warned that trees should not exceed nine feet. Clearly this tree was larger. We forced the tree through the door. I had the base all the way across the room and into the dining room before John was in the door. "Oh, dear," Lanie said trying not to laugh. Fortunately, John is big and strong. He pushed it upright while I pushed the base back into the living room. It fit up between the blades on the ceiling fan and not at all near the lower part of the ceiling where we wanted it. To solve these problems we slowly maneuvered it over by the upstairs loft, where I could cut off the top branch, dangle on an upper story of lights and crown it with the angel. Carefully, we slid this marginally stable symbol of Christmas cheer to the desired location. The angel did battle with the ceiling fan. But finally we could stand back and admire the tree. John and I burst into laughter. The angel was straddling a tree branch, looking like a viagra victim. "Gabriel," I asked? The dog and cat best stay far, far away.

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