Holiday Traditions

Winter brings with it a slew of holidays, and most of us have holiday traditions—for holidays we celebrate and, in many cases, for those we don’t. (I am Jewish and do not celebrate Christmas, but woe betide any who come between me and my Christmas Eve French Onion Soup, a tradition my family inherited from a French exchange student). Our authors and illustrators have shared their holiday traditions and memories, and now it’s your turn!

As always, tell us more in comments.



  1. Hannah
    Posted December 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Also, It’s a Wonderful Life. I have a soft spot for Jimmy Stewart.

  2. Emily
    Posted December 15, 2009 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Advent. Candlelight. Smelling Christmas trees. Hanging stockings (still). I grew up in New England, so a green Christmas just doesn’t feel right to me… I love watching snow falling outside. And watching LITTLE WOMEN with my sister in Brooklyn — even though it’s not necessarily a Christmas movie, it is because we say it is.

  3. Chris Jordan-Squire
    Posted December 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    As much of my extended family as possible gets together on Christmas eve and exchanges presents between families. (Then each individual family exchanges presents amongst themselves on Christmas day.)

  4. JFox
    Posted December 16, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Permalink


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