Prompt: What is a tradition or communication practice that is significant to your family identity? (This could be a way you celebrate birthdays or a unique way of greeting each other.) Explain its contribution to your family identity.
Since we’re nearing the holidays, I’ll talk about some holiday traditions my family has, that we’ve been doing since as long as I can remember. Usually, during the holidays my immediate family and I will spend Christmas Eve with my father’s side of the family and on Christmas Day we will spend it with my mother’s side of the family. In the last few years, we’ve added some new traditions to our holiday festivities for example, Christmas eve night we go over to our neighbor’s house and have a fun, casual, relaxed dinner with real authentic Italian cannolis because they’re Italian and we reminisce about old stories and enjoy each other’s company. My family also has a family day over the holidays while we’re all out of school, it originally started with my parents having a huge vase for change, and every time we found change around the house, if you didn’t keep it, you would go put it in the vase and once it got to Christmas time, we would go cash in the change and use the cash toward our “family night”, which consisted of bowling, dinner and going to the movies. But first we would all take bets on how much we thought was in the vase, usually, the winner got 20 bucks.
One more unique and fun tradition my family does over the holidays is our “Pajama Olympics,” every Christmas Eve, my parents got all us kids (my two brothers and I) pajamas and we all dispersed to different parts of the house, my parents would blindfold us and we would have to unwrap and dress ourselves in all our new swag without looking and hoping for the best. Once again, the winner usually got a good cash prize. My family is very competitive, we all played sports and still do, so the competition gets pretty heated.
All these small traditions play a big role in bringing my family closer together and always having fun with each other especially over the holidays when we all come back home to Washington and get to see each other.