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COUNTDOWN TO WINTER BREAK: Student Holiday Traditions

Cassidy Milewski, Contributor

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On the 10th day until Winter Break, The Fordian gives to you, 10 student traditions that will last for generations.

Traditions make the holiday season feel magical for most families and our students are no exception; let’s hear about some of the ways our Haverford family celebrates.

 


“We do the seven fishes with my cousins and their families! We only eat fish and rice, or things of that nature. My cousins come to my house on Christmas Eve and we go to their house on Christmas day since we have such a small family. We also dress up our puppies!”-Julie Fosco, Grade 11

“We light the candles and my sister and I sit on the couch while we wait for my mom to bring us each a present for Hanukkah. She made us wait there to get us excited as kids, but we still carry on the tradition today!”-Erica Watson, Grade 10

“We do something called a Pass the Parcel game in my family. You wrap one gift over and over to create many layers. Then, each person unwraps a layer until it reaches the last one. The last person to unwrap gets to keep the gift! It’s a fun twist on Pollyanna and it gets the family excited because you never know how many layers there will be.”-Josh Cunningham, Grade 12

 


“On Christmas Eve, my family goes to my uncle’s house and we have a feast! It’s a classic tradition that never gets old in a lot of families.”-Peter Ohnigian, Grade 12


“In my family, there are three kids. So, since my youngest sister is still in elementary school and cannot wait until Christmas morning to unwrap gifts, my parents let us open one gift on Christmas Eve. We always look forward to doing that!”-Nina Spoelker, Grade 12

 


“My family does a Pollyanna exchange where each player brings one gift and gets a number to correspond. Then, we open them in order and everyone ends up with a great gag gift!”-Jasmine Asbury-Johnson, Grade 12

“My family goes to church each Christmas. We get all dressed up and celebrate with the other members of the congregation. Seeing everyone so happy and singing hymns is one of my favorite parts of the holiday.”-Maya Subramanian, Grade 12

“We eat grapes at midnight on Christmas Eve! It’s one of my favorite memories each year!”-Ondina Torres, Grade 12

“My family is Jewish, so we always light the menorah during Hanukkah. We even play spin the dreidel, which makes for some fun family time. That’s what the holidays are all about!”-Allison Garber, Grade 9

“Each year, my family holds a big Christmas Eve party where loved ones can come eat breakfast in their PJs, or get all dressed up for the dinner portion! We like to call it an open house where anyone can show up at anytime. It really makes Christmas special each year.”-Reagan King, Grade 12

 

 

 

 

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