Ask the Readers: What Do You Enjoy Most About the Holidays?

By Ashley Jacobs on 6 December 2016 62 comments

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The holiday season is a special time for many of us. This is a time to revisit traditions and create new ones, to eat seasonal foods with the people we love, and to spend time with friends and family. It's a time for cozy sweaters and hot cocoa by the fire, and, depending on where you are, afternoon walks in the snow or on the beach.

What do you enjoy most about the holidays? Are there any holiday traditions that you look forward to every year? What is your favorite seasonal food?

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Karen Patterson

I enjoy seeing the holiday lights when I talk a walk at night in our neighborhood.

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Mami2jcn

I enjoy the holiday lights and festive decorations.

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Julie Wood

I love getting together with Family and friends and having a nice Christmas together and eating good food and exchanging gifts.

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Elena

I enjoy spending time with my family

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CYNTHIA

I enjoy spending time with friends and family the most!

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Guest

I love being together with my family. I don't get to see them as much as I'd like, and it's especially fun to see my nieces and how excited they are about presents and Santa and the holidays in general. It makes me remember how lucky I am and to be grateful for all I have. Thank you for giving away the gift cards! Happy Holidays!

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Gina

The thing I love most about the holidays is the food! I like eating ham at Christmas. I also love all the cookies, cakes, breads, and pastries. The holiday tradition we celebrate is baking and giving people gifts of baked goods.

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Trish

Favorite tradition=Christmas tree lighting in the village. Favorite seasonal food=pumpkin spice coffee!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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Trish

Favorite tradition=Christmas tree lighting in the village. Favorite seasonal food=pumpkin spice coffee!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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Guest

For me, I love spending time with my kids!

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Lisa

My favorite thing about the holidays is seeing all the Christmas lights and blow-up lawn decorations. I bike commute to work and the ride home is always very pretty. I even get a little extra riding in as I check out different neighborhoods on my bike.

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Cynthia

I enjoy spending time with family and friends the most!

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Guest

I love holiday decorations. They bring my joy every time I look at them and, because you only see them once a year, you can use them for many years.

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Christie

One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is our town's Open House. The first Friday of December, the streets are blocked off, the stores are open late, the high school steel drum band plays and friends and family come out for a night of shopping, food, and fun. Even better if there are light, fluffy flakes of snow falling when the steel drum band plays "Sleigh Ride"!!

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Kelli

I have to admit, the food is a big part of it for me. I love so many of the baked goods associated with the holidays: peanut butter blossom cookies, buckeyes, spritz cookies, Champagne, etc., etc.

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Jen D

What I enjoy most during the Christmas holidays is spending time with my family. I really enjoy baking cookies with my kids - some are for us and some we give as gifts. I usually make potato soup on Christmas Eve, either with shrimp or ham. We also have homemade bread and tossed salads.

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Jen

I enjoy time off from work!

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Betty

I get to see my brother during the holidays! We have so much fun when we're together.

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Lisa Kreutter

The family, the food, and a few days off work! Also, the presents aren't bad either.

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Mary W

I enjoy visiting with my brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews whom I don't get to see very often. I enjoy the good food and fun times we have together.

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Matthew M.

Egg nog!

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Ernest S.

I enjoy the festivities, the slowdown of work at the office, and the time spent with my friends and family!

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Susan Smith

I like the decorations and spending time with our families.

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Susan P.

I enjoy getting together with the rest of my family since we are all scattered around the country and get together over the holidays.

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Jeff

spending time with family and away from work

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Donna D

Baking cookies with family

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Jessica

Decorating for Christmas, Christmas music, family time, and Christmas baking!

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Jen K.

I enjoy seeing all the holiday decor everywhere and the illuminations.

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Laurajj

What I love most about the holidays is all the fun things to do and see! We love going out and looking at all the beautiful Christmas lights! The displays and parades are so fun to watch.

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Mark C

I love how festive it feels and that its a time to cherish and spend time with family.

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Merlene Ence

We love being with family during the holidays

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Rich

I enjoy having a nice day with my wife and our dogs.

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katherine

Every morning and every night, my toddlers race to turn on and off the Christmas tree. I also love doing the advent calendar with them. I can't wait until, in a year or two, we can talk about how Christmas is about sharing, being kind to one another, and volunteering.

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Guest

Seeing family and giving gifts!

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Matt

I like decorating for the holidays

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Natasha

I enjoy giving gifts. It might take a fair amount of planning, but I enjoying figuring out something special for the few people I give gifts to.

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MelodyJ

I like the food, decorations and food.

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Vimon

I enjoy spending time with my family during the holidays.

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sarah shim

I enjoy being able to see my family and visit with them and do fun things together.

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Rebecca Ross

Seeing family, getting Christmas cards and pictures, and the story and music of Jesus's birth.

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Suz_Glo

I enjoy seeing all the beautiful holiday decorations and lights. I also really look forward to making and/or being given all of the special foods that are usually only prepared at the holidays. Some of my favorites are fruit cake, oreo truffles and sweet potato casserole.

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Kristin Goodson

I enjoy getting to see my whole family! I also love the spirit of the holidays. There are so many goodies and community events to attend.

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Louly

Honestly the only thing I enjoy about the holidays is the joy on the faces of the children all caught up in the holiday magic.

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Lynda

i enjoy most the holiday lights and the get-togethers

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Monique Hubert

I love that most people are in a festive mood and that happy exceptions are often made for this time of year. I also like that my family gets to spend more time together. As far as seasonal food, I love spiced apple cake!

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Guest

I love spending time with family and friends, and feeling gratitude for them!

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Miss Kim

I love spending time with family, eating good food, and holiday music

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Michelle D.

My sister comes and visits every Christmas or i fly to visit her so I look forward to seeing her and her family the most.

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Debbie

I love everything about the season, searching for the exact right gift to wrapping it with the perfect paper with a great big bow! The magic of the Christmas Music, the twinkling lights & beautiful Christmas trees! The fellowship with everyone, the goodwill & cheer! The many good wishes & prayers that last all year they! Merry Christmas to all! Enjoy the reason for the season

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Chris

Lights on trees, on houses, or anywhere festive! Have loved this since I was a kid, and my Dad and I would drive around looking for the best displays. Especially love now driving through rural areas and seeing a beautiful display shining through the night.

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SKB

I enjoy going to a morning Mass and then having brunch at home. Because there are no small children, the day is one of relaxation and visiting with family and friends.

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Catseye

It's hard for me to choose just one thing. The first thing that comes to mind is the music - I love Christmas music and can listen to it thru until Jan. 1st.

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Rina

Love seeing all the family on Christmas!

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amanda sakovitz

I enjoy seeing family

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Elle

I enjoy the extra family time.

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Happy Love

I enjoy the music.

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Liz

Decorating the house!

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Ashley P.

I really love giving gifts to people. It makes me happy to give them something that I think they will love.

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Kristin J

Spending time with family.

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Michael K.

I enjoy all the holiday food and drinks.

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Chris

I love the lights and decorations and holiday songs.

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C Hui

The fact that I get to see my children and grandchildren all under one roof.

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Pam ricks

I love the food!

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Thomas Murphy

I like spending time with family.

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Ana Lee

the food and being with family.