Holiday Traditions

Putting up the tree, seeing the lights, waiting for Santa, spending time with loved ones and sending Christmas cards are winter traditions. According to BuzzFeed, the U.S. Postal Service have answered children’s letters to Santa for over 100 years.

“I wrote letters to Santa about what I wanted for Christmas and why I deserved it, and why my brothers didn’t deserve it as much as I did. Santa never responded to me. He just ate the cookies I baked for him, left some of the things I asked for and sometimes put hearts on the notes I left for him,” junior Lydia Connell said.

Spending time with family and loved ones is a holiday tradition during the holiday season.

“I enjoy the holiday season because I get to spend time with my family and I like winter break. We celebrate by trading favors and making promises like New Years. We try not to spend money and we don’t buy presents,” senior Tarun Jeevan said.

“I like the holiday season because we get together with our family and get to spend time with them,” junior Logan Schrameyer said.

According to Mental Floss, in 1895 President Grover Cleveland requested the First Family’s tree was decked out in hundreds of multi-colored bulbs. He is credited for warming the public up to having electric Christmas lights.

“Every year my family puts colored lights on our Christmas tree in memory of my grandpa who died of cancer,” freshman Ellie Panke said.

During the holiday season, some traditions are only experienced when it snows.

“My family and I all go sledding at Howell Middle when it snows. The hill we sled down is in the back of the school by the track,” freshman Jade Fletcher said.