Celebrating the season: Readers share their family traditions

By Alley Morris
Times-News correspondent

   Christmas lights, decorations, ringing bells and singing carols are all traditions of the Christmas season.
Alyssa Norwood, 14, of McLeansville, has a holiday tradition that includes a birthday celebration of her own.
“On Christmas Eve, I get to open one Christmas gift and one birthday gift, because I was born on Dec. 25. On Christmas Day, I wake up and go downstairs at 9:04 a.m., the time I was born, to open my gifts,” she said.
   Christian families celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ through reenactments of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, put up their tree and decorate it and fellowship with friends and family while reading the Bible story of Christmas.
Shana Wall of Graham has similar traditions.
Every year, they put up their Christmas tree, put cookies and milk out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, and travel to six different houses on Christmas Day.
Patty Crew, of Greenville, attends St. Peter’s Catholic Church of Greenville.
“We observe the season of Advent, lighting a candle every week, and as we wait for the baby Jesus, we pray each day. On Christmas Eve and Day, we attend Mass to celebrate Christmas. We have family and friends over to share food and friendship. Christmas lasts until the Epiphany, Jan. 6, when the three kings visit the Holy Family,” she said.
Christina Fisher of Timberlake has several traditions that are unique to her family’s heritage.
“On the French side, we set off firecrackers on Christmas Eve. To celebrate our British ancestors, eggnog is always served in a bowl. When we observe our Irish ancestors, we serve oyster stew,” she said. “Ham was plentiful on our farm and was served with biscuits and homemade jam. On my dad’s side, his father always made ham gravy with coffee in it. Orange pomander is something we always remember and is always the smell of Christmas.”

Alley Morris is an eighth-grade home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer.

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