Holiday Traditions

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Every family has their own rituals they follow during the holidays. Here are some fun traditions submitted by our readers.

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For Christmas every year my family wears ugly Christmas Sweaters to my mom’s house to open presents.  We usually have photo booth props and take our picture. – Andrea Brune, Substitue Teacher

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Each December, my family gets together to bake cookies. There are usually 40 or so of us that bake them and we make close to 4,000 cookies. It started with my mother and her sisters and we rotate each year between Jefferson City, Ashland, St. Louis and Springfield. Usually it’s just the girls that bake but the men have fun too with a wing cookoff.- Amber Gibler, United Way

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We learned about this while I was stationed in Germany in the USAF. Every year my wife hides a ceramic green pickle ornament that we acquired at a Christmas market in Germany, on the Christmas tree on Christmas eve.
After the kids open all their presents, they know that “Santa” left one more gift for the most observant, well behaved child. They all get to look around the tree but not touch. The first one to find it gets the “Pickle Gift. It’s loads of fun and teaches them to be observant and look with your eyes and not with your hands. – Greg Stephens, Elementary Reading Specialist Teacher

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Amber Arnold, owner of Arnold Photography, and her husband, Jeff, create memorable Christmas cards every year.
“We like to do something funny or a take  off of a movie or show or something in the news.” – Amber Arnold, Arnold Photography

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I make a gingerbread house every Christmas. Each year I try to make a different style/type. My monuments in sugar sometimes stay up until late February because I have a hard time getting rid of them! – Lori Bockting, High School Visual Arts and Gifted Class Teacher

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Our tradition starts with a day full of cookie baking over the weekend. Between us we put together dozens of treats to keep and share with friends, while some are sent overseas to our military. We meet one evening each year for our Christmas light excursion. We grab our cookies and hot chocolate to load into the trolleys. We spend about an hour enjoying all Jefferson City has to offer and end our trip with dinner and letting the kids run off the sugar! – Jana Millard, deVille Properties


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