It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Learn about these unique yet fascinating holiday traditions.

Anna Valls, staff writer

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Whether it’s Christmas Eve dinner at Granny’s or making your own hideous Christmas cookies with cousin Susie, every family has some sort of tradition during the holidays.

“My family likes to set up a fake tree and wear tacky sweaters all day while drinking hot chocolate. We also watch Christmas movie marathons 2 weeks before Christmas.” Said Harleton Junior, Kaitlynn Trejo.

Traditions aren’t just limited to the US. Other countries just so happen to spread the holiday spirit, too.

In the Philippines, they have a giant lantern festival each year. The Giant Lantern Festival (Ligligan Parul Sampernandu) is held every year on the Saturday before Christmas Eve in the city of San Fernando – the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.” The festival attracts spectators from all over the country and across the globe.

“We always go to the Christmas tree barn the day after Thanksgiving and decorate the house. We open presents in order of youngest to oldest, every year. As long as I can remember our Christmas dinner has always been Spaghetti and Meatballs.” Stated Harleton Sophomore, Brody Kriegel.

In some cases, your family can participate in little things every year that you may not even realize has become a tradition.

“We truly don’t have any family traditions around the holidays. We just do the basics.” Replied Harleton Sophomore, Cole Ring.

But… Ring’s little brother would love to testify against that statement.

“My family bakes homemade pizza every year together. Just to spend time with one another.” Argued Harleton Freshman, Van Ring.

Meanwhile, while the Ring family is devouring their savory Christmas entree, the children of Austria are being followed by a different kind of “holiday spirit”.

  A beast-like demon creature roams city streets frightening kids and punishing the bad ones – nope, this isn’t Halloween, but St. Nicholas’ evil accomplice, Krampus. In Austrian tradition, St. Nicholas rewards nice little boys and girls, while Krampus is said to capture the naughtiest children and whisk them away in his sack. In the first week of December, young men dress up as the Krampus (especially on the eve of St. Nicholas Day) frightening children with clattering chains and bells.


Well kids, all I can safely say is… better watch out! And be good this miraculous holiday season.