Arts and Culture

Holiday Traditions




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Holidays including Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are upon us, and many families have traditions around this festive time of year.

 For my family, this includes baking pumpkin seeds. We dedicate a full day to carving pumpkins and engaging with the spooky, fall spirit.

Another common tradition is the white elephant gift exchange that junior Ainsley Carpenter does with her extended family.

“It’s been a tradition in my mom’s family since before I was born so it’s been a very special thing for our family. People get really creative with gifts. One year, someone got an Obama bobble head,” junior Carpenter said.

Junior Ethan Walsey has a more unusual tradition.

“Every year on my dog’s birthday, my family throws him a ‘Bark’ Mitzvah, and we also cook latkes, hamantash and other foods,” Walsey said.

This holiday season, be sure to spend quality time with your family, and if you do not currently have any traditions, it is never too late to start one now.