December 20, 2010

Wacky Holiday Traditions Writing Prompt

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Writingprompt_holiday According to the dictionary, a tradition is "an inherited, established or customary pattern." In other words, it's something that you do the same way every year. The holidays are full of traditions. Some people put up their Christmas tree on the same day every year. Some people eat the same foods for Hannukah every year. You get the picture.

Most traditions are normal and well. . . traditional. But for today's Writing Prompt, I want to hear about some of your wacky traditions. You know, the strange stuff that nobody else does, but for some reason, you always HAVE to do at the holiday time.

I don't remember when I started this, but every year, I do all my wrapping on the same day. I gather up all the presents that I've bought for people. I pull out all my gift wrap, ribbon, scissors and tape. . . and then I put on the Pride and Prejudice movie. Not the short one with Keira Knightley, but the 5-hour version and I watch the whole thing while I wrap. Don't ask me why. I couldn't tell you. But it just doesn't feel like Christmas for me until I'm sitting on the floor surrounded by boxes and gift wrap, watching a really long Jane Austen movie that has nothing to do with Christmas!

What about you? What are your unusual holiday rituals that you do every year? Tell us in the Comments. Maybe I'll get some good ideas for a new tradition!

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  1. artemishunting119

    We all get up at 5 am and dump out our stockings, then we help mom make Christmas fruit crepes, and then after breakfast, we open our presents. Then we have a huge Polynesian feast, and invite tons of people over! We learn Christmas songs on our violins, and have heaps of fun,

  2. Ally

    My dad commutes really far to work a lot, so on Christmas, while all of the kids (me included) are up at 6 o’clock in the morning, he’s sawing wood until 10. Once my brother snuck down and sorted the presents into piles.

  3. winterartimis9

    from my Canadian family:
    me and my dad listen to my grand mother read the Christmas story from the bible then I go to my moms

  4. werewolfcat5

    Well,I think this is unusual but every Halloween we go to the mall to trick or treat.We always wear costumes.

  5. anonymous

    on new year’s eve i made up a tradition that says on the stroke of midnight everyone throws paper planes for good luck

  6. Felecity

    On christmas eve I go to the Cheese Cake Factory and get cheese cake then my mom and I eat half and eat the rest in the morning

  7. ninjabb1017

    On christmas eve i go to my aunts house with ll of my itlian cousins. we sing th 12 days of christmas and have the feast of the 7 fishes and you HAVE to try all of the fish ALL 7!!!!

  8. owlo360pop

    every year we have a private joke in my family of what happened at christmas a few yrs ago.
    ” wake up its christmas!!!”
    (we walk out and theres a giant stuffed horse under the tree, we scream and get dad)
    “daddy daddy there’s a horse under the tree!”
    no theres not go back to sleep.”
    ( we drag the horse in the room)
    look dady!
    hahha so funny

  9. weirdo/hearts/weirdo

    every year on christmas all the kids in the family go outside and run around like a bunch of wild people