Holiday Traditions

Happy Monday to you! I am not a huge fan of all the green grass (brown really) I am seeing around Maine these days. I am definitely dreaming of a White Christmas...but I don't think I am going to get one this year. Perhaps I'll go buy a snow maker? Anyway, with Christmas just a few days away (and Haunakkah tomorrow), I decided to share with you a few of my family traditions. The holiday season is a time of sharing, so I thought I'd let you know a few of my favorite things we did growing up. Soooo here we go!

Looking at Christmas Lights

Our family never decorated our house with lights outside. We tried one year but failed pretty miserably. One of the things I used to love about this season was our family trips around town. We'd make a point to cram all six of us (and our dog) into the van and go look at Christmas lights around the Bangor area. We knew all the good spots to hit up, and who would have the best displays each year. The tradition stopped quite a while ago (I think once we all got our licenses), but to this day, it's one of my fondest memories growing up.

Secret Santa

We still carry on this tradition, and it's grown over the years. We used to make all of our gifts for our secret Santas, and I have to say we definitely had some crazy gifts. I think the best was for my brother, Stephen. My brother had a coon skin cap made for him from some dead racoon on the side of the road...waste not? When we were younger, we'd do secret Santa with just the siblings, but now it has expanded to our parents and in-laws as well. We started off with four names in the hat, and now we have ten. It's crazy what happens when people married/engaged!

Christmas Morning Food

I have no idea how the tradition started, but ever year we grab donuts from Dunkin' Donuts on Christmas Eve so we have some tasty and unhealthy food to chow down on when we gather around the tree and open presents. The Boston creams go the fastest. We also started a tradition of making biscuits and gravy with our breakfast as well. Of course, many cups of coffee are consumed that day as well. Clearly, we do not calorie count on December 25th.


I love the fact that this year is home to some of the most fun traditions of lots of families. I'm sure we all have a mix of traditions, and I am curious to hear what yours are. If all goes to plan, I'll be married by next Christmas so I may need some new traditions!

What do you do every year for the holidays?

Seth P.