The Sounds of Christmas Traditions

by Leslie Morgan

Do you hear it? The familiar buzzing of holiday excitement permeates the air as time-old Christmas songs bounce out of our children, bells from Salvation Army Santas jingle outside our grocery stores and the clangs and beeps from our kitchens increase as our cookie-count goes up.

CMDS 1st Grade Teacher Leslie Morgan

Every year, the thin veil separating our modern world from years past lifts slightly, allowing us to hear echoes from former Christmases clearly over our ringing cell phones, Netflix and hectic traffic.

What do you hear every year that reminds you of this special season? For me, like many of us, Christmas acts as a time of joyful remembrance and tradition. We not only remember the greatest gift we could ever receive while we celebrate the birth of our Savior, but also the holiday traditions that make our family unique.

Traditions provide our families with shared memories year-in and year-out that only grow more meaningful as time passes.

Traditions can be any combination of stories, rituals and customs that your family passes on from one year to the next, generation-to-generation. Reading “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg together, making ornaments and decorating the Christmas Tree or volunteering to practice giving as a family are a few examples of holiday traditions that come to mind.

My family enjoys the same Christmas feast every year. We especially love eating our special sweet rolls, a recipe passed on to me from my mom. We look forward to watching the same holiday movies: “Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and “The Bishop’s Wife.” We also support Theatre Memphis’ annual production of “A Christmas Carol.”

This year, give your family the wonderful gift of tradition. It’s a gift that will unify your family with a sense of identity and roots to pass on to future generations. They will look forward to making these memories together during the season and will hear the sounds of Christmas softly inside their hearts throughout the year.

Meryl & Mary Elizabeth Share Christmas Traditions

CMDS 6th Graders Mary Elizabeth and Meryl are our student bloggers for the 2018-19 school year. They recently interviewed a group of CMDS students to ask them about their favorite Christmas traditions. They also shared their own. 

We interviewed a few 2nd Grade girls at recess, and they were very eager to talk about their favorite Christmas traditions and their favorite things about the season. Claire said that her family always starts hanging ornaments on the tree the day after Thanksgiving. She really likes watching “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and listening to the song.

Carlisle travels to Chattanooga each year to spend time with her grandparents. She enjoys giving to others and baking cookies around Christmas time. Her favorite Christmas song is “Jingle Bells.”

We also talked to some JK students during their recess and they were full of information! Anna Caroline said that she had a Christmas tree, and she liked decorating it. She also said that she keeps forgetting to put out cookies for Santa Claus!

Brayla had many things to say, too! She said she wants a skateboard for Christmas. One of her family’s traditions is making cookies on Christmas morning. Brayla seems to adore Christmas.

We visited with a few 3rd Graders, too. Hayes always watches a Christmas movie on Christmas day. Rebecca’s family opens presents, in youngest-to-oldest order, which is a great tradition that they came up with.

We also got to learn about some of the 5th Graders’ traditions. Madeline sings in the choir for the Christmas Eve service at her church. Sallie Kate always makes instant snow. Taylor goes to the Peabody to look at the gingerbread houses. Miller’s family gets together and lights the advent candles, and then they eat chili dogs!

Meryl: Each year, my family and I decorate our house with a small Christmas village made out of glass. The special thing about it is that it was my great grandmother’s. It has churches, shops and a playground. My favorite part of the village is the playground. It includes an ice-skating rink, a swing and kids to put on the equipment. When we are done setting it up, it looks spectacular.

Mary Elizabeth: Each year my family and I decorate our Christmas tree together. I unwrap all of the ornaments, and my mom usually puts on the ribbon. We also get out our nativity scenes and I set them up for the family to see. My favorite thing we do happens on Christmas morning. My grandparents come over for a Christmas brunch. They also get to watch me open presents, and I give my parents their presents.

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