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Ketochi Christmas Traditions

Members of the Ketochi staff share their families' Christmas traditions.

Members of the Ketochi staff share their families' Christmas traditions.

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Members of the Ketochi staff share their families' Christmas traditions.

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Members of the Ketochi staff share their families' Christmas traditions.

Kayleen McKamey, Staff Writer

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When people think of Christmas now they might think of fancy wrapping, candy canes, Christmas trees, lights, stockings, and gifts. All of these are Christmas traditions that we know and love. However, many people have made new family Christmas traditions such as opening presents on Christmas Eve and eating the same foods every year. Others include a family-wide Secret Santa gift exchange and cutting down their own tree.

One very popular Christmas tradition that many people do is opening one Christmas present on Christmas Eve.  Eighth-grader Preslee Carroll said, “On the night before Christmas, we open one present. It always contains the pajamas that we will wear that night.”

Fellow eighth-grader Wyatt Seely also says that he too participates in the same Christmas tradition with his family.

One of the other Christmas traditions that is not usually celebrated is one that Sara Gottlob and her family do every year. Sara said, “Every year, before we open presents, we gather around the tree and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Then we eat birthday cake and open presents.”

Another Christmas tradition that some people perform each year is hunting for a Christmas tree. Harlie Jackson and her family go up to the mountains each year to find a Christmas tree. Afterward, they go to their grandma’s house which is nearby.

Another fun example of a Christmas tradition is one that the Carrolls do every year. Each year, they gather together with their cousins and go sledding for a few hours. This is a very popular Christmas tradition that most people enjoy and love.

One less known Christmas tradition is watching The Polar Express on the first day of December. Zoe Mazaira, who participates in this tradition with her family, also says that they enjoy participating in numerous other traditions.

One of these traditions is that they each make an ornament that relates to something that reflects their personalities.

“We have fun being surprised every Christmas Eve by the new ornaments,” said Zoe.

Christmas isn’t a one-size-fits-all holiday, and the traditions of our Ketochi staff certainly prove that.

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Kayleen McKamey, Staff Writer

Another new year in Ketochi brings new staff with it. One new staff member is Kayleen McKamey, who is one of the 15 8th graders on the Ketochi staff this...

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