Category: Challenges

Italian Family Christmas

Essay finalist in the 2016 ‘Basket of Cheer’ Contest | Grade 10 Christmastime in most families is a time filled with traditions. Some traditions have been practiced for many generations, some only a few years. Some traditions are commonly seen in many households, and some are more unique. In our family, we have a handful of traditions. On the first Sunday of Advent, we like to participate in an Advent wreath making event at our church. My father and I bake cookies and other confections all day on Christmas Eve, which are to be enjoyed later in the evening as...

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A Cheery Christmas Eve Tradition

Essay finalist in the 2016 ‘Basket of Cheer’ Contest | Grade 9 A Christmas tradition that my family and I enjoy celebrating is one of blessing, sweets, and family. Every Christmas Eve, my immediate family gathers and begins the night by following a tradition from my mother’s European heritage. Then, we fill the evening with singing, gifts, and family time. In current years, Christmas Eve has grown even more special to my family, because my two older brothers are away at college most of the year. This tradition is one in which I’d love to see more people participate, and...

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The Yucky Dinner

Annie’s grandfather is full-blooded Italian, and celebrated a special ‘Feast of the 7 Fishes’ on Christmas Eve. But, it changed over time, and the ‘Yucky Dinner’ has given them more to laugh about every year.

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