Enjoying the traditions of the holidays

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Enjoying the traditions of the holidays

Raven Ramirez, staff writer

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The holidays are a time when families get together and celebrate old traditions and make some new ones.

“On Christmas Eve, we would have all of our family over for clam chowder soup in bread bowls and flapjacks,” said Teresa Hall, a physics teacher. 

A popular tradition during Christmas is to decorate. This can include a Christmas tree, the yard, and house. Families will put up lights and scenes with snowmen and other winter decor.  

“We start decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving,” said Madison Wamboldt, a sophomore. 

Other traditions on Christmas are caroling, making gingerbread houses, making Christmas cards for family and friends, hanging up stockings, and many more.

 For those of the Jewish faith, Hanukkah is a holiday that lasts for eight days and nights. This holiday lasts for eight nights because, during a war, the people taking refuge in a temple thought the oil burning would only last one night, but it actually lasted for eight. The holiday normally falls some time in December.

‘It’s always different, but sometimes it starts toward Christmas, but this year it’s really early,” said Alex Schwartz, a senior. 

This holiday is also called the Festival of Lights, because it is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah at sunset every night during the eight nights. They also celebrate with traditional food, games, and much more. 

 There are also many traditional foods that are made on the days of Hanukkah, such as latkes, which is a fried potato pancake. They also enjoy sufganiyot, which are jam-filled donuts. These are particularly popular in a Jewish household. 

“My favorite part about Hanukkah is the food, because there is a lot of good food that my family makes only that time of year,” said Adam Schwartz, a freshman.

Many families play games together. They play with four sided spinning tops called dreidels, and exchange gifts with one another. There is usually one gift given every evening during the eight nights of this holiday. 

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