By Danny Reardon ‘19
Every family has them. Specifically during the holiday season when celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc. Personally, this is my favorite time of the year.
My family has a tradition that we do on Christmas every year for the past forty-five years. It is more than just a tradition to me, however, because it is what shows me the love my family has for one another. Because to me, family is number one.
Each year, as a family, we go to mass at 8:15 p.m., even though we take a whole pew. After mass, we go to my Grandma’s house to watch sports, eat dinner and enjoy everyone being together.
This is the part that people get confused about. My family opens up presents on Christmas Eve, but, before we do, my family and I dress up as Santa and elves and deliver presents to family friends and their kids.
It really warms my heart because I get to witness the true meaning of Christmas through my actions. The faces of the children light up like the lights on the tree. It just makes me feel so happy by doing that I could bring so much joy to so many people.
After rounds as Santa, as a family we open the presents we bought one another. After, we go home just to see each other again in the morning. In the morning, everyone comes over for a huge breakfast.
This may seem like a weird schedule for Christmas, but it brings so much joy to our family. It is something the parents did when they were a kid. The holidays are a time for family, friends, God and, of course, giving.