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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What's Your Festivus?

What started as a joke on the hit TV sitcom Seinfeld in 1997 has now become an actual way for people to celebrate the holiday season apart from tradition.  For some, the winter holiday season is rooted in religious significance.  For others, it’s simply a time to come together with family and friends.

From ugly sweater parties to fruitcake bake-offs, everyone has their own traditions and quirky ways to celebrate the season.  We were curious to find out how Community Financial team members enjoy the holidays.
We asked and here’s what they said:

“We hide a pickle ornament on our tree.  Whoever finds it gets a special present.”

“We bury money outside on New Year’s Eve saying ‘I bury my poverty’.  On New Year’s Day, we dig it up saying ‘I uncover my wealth’.  You can’t spend it.  It’s bad luck.”

“Every Christmas Eve the family comes over and we make fondue.”

“We dance around the living room to Snoopy vs. the Red Baron by the Royal Guardsmen.”

“We invite friends over and have an ugly Christmas sweater contest.”

“We attend the annual Candlelight service at our church.”

“We have a manger and the baby Jesus is in box 24 of our advent calendar, signifying the greatest gift of all.”

 “My dad makes the “Secret Potion” (hot chocolate) for all of the kids to ensure they fall asleep before Santa arrives.”

“Each year, no matter how old the kids may get, we get them matching Christmas pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve. The teenagers claim they hate it, but they wear them all year!”

“Everyone from age 1 to 92 gets a coloring book and crayons in their stocking.”

“I enjoy going to Christmas Eve Mass with my Dad and Step-Mom that come in from Fremont (north of Grand Rapids) and having a Polish Feast at my sister’s house.  Then, it’s off to my house to watch the children open their PJ’s and a Christmas Eve gift with Grandma and Grandpa.”

However you choose to celebrate the holiday, may it be filled with good tidings, peace and joy.  Happy Holidays from all of us at Community Financial!

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