Holiday traditions: Teens & 20s writers share their favorites

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Holiday traditions vary among friends and family, but it’s a chance to celebrate the season. Teens & 20s writers share their favorite traditions.
   My favorite Christmas tradition is driving around to look at the Christmas lights. Their brightness reminds me of how Jesus Christ came to be the light of the world. — Andrew Pankratz, home-schooled senior
    Every year, my extended family attends a Christmas Eve service at my grandparents’ church. My absolute favorite part of the night’s festivities is when everyone in the church lights their little white candle at the end of the service. We all walk outside while singing "Silent Night.“ I look forward to this moment with my family every year. For me, it epitomizes Christmas. — Emily Clark, senior at Burlington Christian Academy
    Listening to lots of Christmas carols, caroling to shut-ins, Daddy reading us the Christmas story every Christmas morning before we open our presents, driving around at night to see the Christmas lights and Christmas dinner at Grandma’s every year. — Lydia Pankratz is a student at Alamance Community College
   One Christmas tradition our family has is to wrap each item in our stockings individually and take turns opening the presents one by one. This makes the fun last longer as opposed to everyone just dumping out their stocking stuffers all at once. — Hollyann Gardner, high school senior at Alamance Community College
    My family’s Christmas tradition is to always have Christmas lunch at our house with my family, my grandparents, my cousin’s family and their grandparents, and do a Dirty Santa gift exchange. — Alley Morris, home-schooled sophomore
    On Christmas Eve, my dad always makes a giant pot of spaghetti and shellfish. He reads my brother and I "The Night Before Christmas" before we go to bed. — Nancy Drago, senior at Chapel Hill High School
       Some traditions I have with my family are decorating the Christmas tree every year, and watching Christmas movies together as a family. — Kamryn Guye, senior at Williams High School
    When I think back on my family’s favorite Christmas traditions, there is one main event that comes to mind. Our first and longest running tradition is attending a live “Nutcracker” performance during the holidays. In the past we’ve gone to productions by both Walkerdance and the Carolina Ballet, but this year we’re going to see the Moscow Ballet’s production of this holiday classic for the very first time. — Chandler Holland, sophomore at Warren Wilson College
    My favorite holiday tradition is on Christmas Eve, when my older sister and I get matching pajamas. We also watch “The Polar Express” and drink delicious hot chocolate. — Carrington G. White, home-schooled eighth-grader
   My family gets doughnuts every Christmas Eve to eat for breakfast on Christmas Day after we open presents. — Corinna Workman, freshman at Western Alamance High School
   My favorite holiday tradition takes place on the night of Black Friday. We decorate the Christmas tree, eat holiday cookies, drink hot chocolate and watch Christmas movies as a family. — Bret Pierce, senior at Page High School in Greensboro
   My favorite holiday tradition is sitting on the couch, sipping hot cocoa and watching a holiday movie with the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree in the corner of the room. — Gable Pierce, freshman at A&T Stem Early College in Greensboro 
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