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Whether it’s trimming the tree, lighting the
menorah or preparing a holiday feast large enough to feed a small army, the holidays
are that special time each year when we spend time with
friends and family. And all that togetherness makes for great family stories and traditions.
My favorite holiday tradition is opening up
just one gift on Christmas Eve, before the entire family is nestled in their beds.
This tradition started when my sister and I were very young and could barely wait
until 6 a.m. to open our presents on Christmas morning. The gift is usually something
small — like new slippers or pajamas — but we get a sample of what’s to come in the
morning, when we wake up to the bounty of presents from Santa.
Some of my family’s holiday traditions are generations
old. My mother-in-law claims her family has celebrated St.
Nikolaus Day since her grandmother emigrated from Germany. Every year she calls
us on Dec. 5 to remind us to put out our shoes so St. Nickolaus will bring us presents.
And sure enough, on Dec. 6, we receive a package St. Nickolaus filled with goodies.
Does your family have any exciting or unique