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My Favourite Christmas Traditions

As I get older, I recognize the importance of continuing and celebrating traditions. I decided to take this holiday season to reflect on a few of my favourite holiday traditions that I hope to carry on throughout my life.


  1. Christmas Baking

Nothing reminds me more of Christmas than baking Christmas cookies with my family! My mother and I always decide to make at least 6 different kinds of treats that we gift to our neighbours, friends, or other members of my family. This tradition has definitely contributed to my love of baking and is something I look forward to every year!

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  1. Going to Look at the Christmas Lights

My city, the city of Windsor, is known for the very beautiful Christmas lights display in Jackson park. The display is called Bright Lights Windsor. It’s become a tradition to get hot chocolate, dress up in our warmest clothing and take pictures with the lights! It’s especially beautiful to go see the lights during a snowfall!


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  1. Decorating Gingerbread houses

Decorating gingerbread houses is one of the best Christmas traditions! While gingerbread is not necessarily my favourite type of cookie, it’s impossible to deny the immense joy that is brought by decorating an edible house with loved ones. 

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  1. Listening to Christmas Music

Nothing quite puts you in the Christmas mood like listening to Christmas music! Whether you’re in the car on the way to work, working on homework, or helping your family make dinner, there is no bad time to listen to Christmas music! 

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  1. Decorating the Christmas Tree

I have always believed that decorating the Christmas tree should be seen less as a chore and more like a celebration! I always get so excited for the start of the Christmas season because I know it’s when my entire family will come together and put the ornaments we have been saving for years onto our Christmas tree. Nothing can compare to the beautiful sight of a well decorated Christmas tree!

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  1. Watching Christmas Movies

With the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Disney+, it has never been easier to sit as a family and watch Christmas movies! With classics like Elf, A Christmas Story, and The Santa Clause, the choices are endless!

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  1. Take pictures with Santa

Finally, one of our favourite traditions is taking pictures with the local mall Santa. While it might suck to have to wait in line for what feels like hours, it’s undeniable that pictures with Santa are timeless keepsakes that never go out of style!

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Samantha Godden

UWindsor '22

Samantha Godden is a third year student at the University of Windsor in the Concurrent Education/French Studies program. She loves to spend her time travelling, reading and napping. She aspires to be a teacher after graduation.
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