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I just love the holidays! I am a fanatic for instrumental Christmas music! Spending time with my family and friends back home during the holidays is dear to my heart. I love going home to Kansas and spending time with everyone, even when it’s snowy and cold. The smell of the fresh christmas tree in the front living room, the smell of cooking Christmas Eve dinner with my mom and seeing my dad and brothers is the best. These are some of my holiday traditions that I wanted to share with you:
Every Christmas Eve when I was little, my parents would read us Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. My brothers and I would cuddle up on the couch with our blankets, in our new pajamas that my mom would let us open on Christmas Eve and listen to my parents read this book to us. It never gets old…it is a great Christmas time read.
My family and I always go to the 4:00 pm Mass on Christmas Eve. This is my favorite Mass of the year! Father Mike Baldwin always sings a song called “Love is the Greatest Gift of All”. This Mass is also fun because families bring bells or jingle their car keys during the chorus of the song “Gloria”. These two songs make me more excited for the holiday season than any other Christmas songs.
Oh my, this tradition is probably my favorite! I look forward to this every single year and it only gets more delicious. When we visit my grandparents, my grandma always makes at least four different pies. My favorite is the chocolate one. My mouth is watering just writing this. She also always makes a coconut creme one and I seriously think my dad eats the entire thing except one piece. I think he leaves a little so someone else can enjoy a piece as much as he enjoyed the entire pie. I am looking forward to seeing my grandparents and eating some delicious pie this holiday season.
The Kansas City Plaza is one of my favorite places to visit. There are amazing shops, beautiful water fountains, great food and astounding architecture. My family and I used to go to Kansas City each year to watch the lighting of the entire plaza. This lighting event has been going on in Kansas City since 1930! It’s a tradition that not only I enjoyed, but many Kansans enjoy during the holidays.