Decking the halls with a cowboy hat?

December 4, 2018

Deck the tables with bowls of chili! Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Trim the tree in country western! Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

These are just a few traditions! Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.

That my family does each year! Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

What does everyone think of when someone mentions the word Christmas? Most people think of Santa Claus, Christ’s birth, presents, family, and maybe even traveling. No matter what comes to mind, we can all agree that it means different things for different people. Every family has traditions of their own, including my own.

Every year in December, my family attends two Christmas parties. For at least one of them, chili will inevitably be on the menu. This tradition has been in my family forever, and my mom has kept it going. My great grandma, who just passed away this year, made chili every year when she hosted Christmas. Ever since I can remember, we have made her chili recipe to keep her tradition alive.

Also, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without our country western tree set up at home. Each year, we put up two trees in our house — one upstairs, and one downstairs. One of these trees is always packed and decorated with western decorations. This includes horse lights, rope, horse ornaments, and a cowboy hat for a star to top it all off.

Lastly, at every Christmas party, we open presents for children from youngest to oldest. This means that whoever is the youngest goes very first and whoever is the oldest goes last. Sadly, I am not the youngest, but rather the oldest child this year, but I am OK with this!

Without these Christmas traditions that my family takes part in each year, Christmas wouldn’t be the same. In fact, when Christmas gets closer each year, I find myself most looking forward to the chili, to the country western tree, and to the present opening tradition because of the memories they evoke.

I enjoy these traditions because, for me, they make Christmas, Christmas.

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