What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Is there one thing that you do every year during the holiday season? Maybe it is an annual tree trimming party or spending Christmas in the mountains. Or perhaps you always go to see the lights on 34th street in Hampden. As the holidays are quickly approaching, we invite you to share your favorite tradition with your JHM colleagues. Comment below with a story and / or a photo.

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Cathy December 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Growing up, we would set up a Bethlehem scene missing baby Jesus. (He would "magically" appear on Christmas Eve after we had gone to bed.) My mom would tack dark blue fabric to the wall behind the nativity scene and we would put gold stars up each time we did a good deed. We were trying to light up the sky for Jesus. 🙂

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Bonnie C December 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Lights, lights, and more lights!! We love going to see different light displays each year. So far, we've seen the lights at Bull Run State Park, Sandy Point, Ocean City, and Longwood Gardens. I think we're going to Columbia Symphony of Lights this year. (And, of course, the Hampden lights on 34th street are always a must-see.)

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Windee December 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I absolutely love the lights at Christmas!! I have never been to Bull Run or Sandy Point but now that I know they have them I will be heading there this weekend. Lights are my favorite part of this holiday.

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Kimberly Harris-Coates December 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

This is a new tradition for Thanksgiving - 3 of my uncles passed in 2013 between Feb and June, needless to say the Thanksgiving table had a few empty seats. My cousin thought of a very nice way to remember them. Each person wrote down a memory of each uncle and placed it in a bag with their name and picture on it. Some were so funny we laughed until tears rolled down, some were so sentimental that there was silence. I can't tell you how much that healed the heavy hearts this year - we needed that!

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VAS January 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I like this idea! My family lost 3 people within the past 18 months. I might suggest this next Thanksgiving.

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Laura Hagan December 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

Our family exchanges christmas ornaments every year on Christmas Eve. The kids give each other one and my husband and I exchange family themed ornaments. When our children grow up and move out they will have a great headstart on their own tree trimming and continue the family tradition!

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Wendy Batchelor December 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I have 2 children and love this idea

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Bonnie C December 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I started this with my children when they were very young, and thought buying the Hallmark "Son" or "Daughter" ornaments were cute. I also bought them a unique ornament each year, as did their godmother, which was more pertinent to their interests at the time. Now that my kids are grown, and are decorating their own trees, the more unique ornaments they received are what they prefer to hang.

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Emiy McGuffin December 5, 2013 at 8:28 am

I love picking the Christmas tree out the day after Thanksgiving and decorating the house for Christmas and turning on the House and Tree lights for the first time while listening to Christmas music.

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LESLIE KENNEDY December 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

I LIKE TO LEAVE JUST ONE THING TO GO TO THE MALL OR THE STORES TO GET , SO WE HAVE TO GO CHRISTMAS EVE TO GET AND WATCH EVERY ONE SHOP AND THE ALL THE MALL FESTIVIES . JUST TO SIT IN THE MALL CHRISTMAS EVE IS AMAZING . WE DO IT EVERY YEAR . .AND AFTER THE STORES CLOSE YOU CAN HEAR A PIN DROP IN THE WHOLE CITY . THE KIDS LOVE IT . ITS SO MUCH FUN

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