Readers share their favorite holiday traditions.
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"Just being with my loved ones because tomorrow isn't promised to anyone. Even if it's just eating together!" Dawn Bracy

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"We make a different Christmas ornament every year. I love unwrapping the ornaments that my now-grown son made when he was little. It's a precious tradition that we always look forward to." Rebecca Bolton

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"My favorite, hands down, is watching The Polar Express while eating homemade soup on the living room floor with my hubby and our two girls. We do this on a Saturday night every December." Brenda Stone

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"My husband's family makes homemade pierogi the week before Christmas—everything from homemade dough to homemade filling. We gather as a family and keep the tradition going." Lisa Griffin

"Being a nonpracticing Jew married to a nonpracticing Christian, I love a multicourse, over-the-top Christmas Eve dinner at home with family and friends followed by dinner in Chinatown on Christmas Day. I get the best of both worlds, and our kids get a taste of the important stuff: tradition and family." Peter Shelsky

"For Christmas, my family chooses a name from our town's Giving Tree, which enables us to help make another family's holiday special by anonymously buying gifts for a child in need. Our kids really get into picking out the gifts, and we all experience the joy of giving together." Leah Ritchie

"Stringing popcorn to decorate the Christmas tree while drinking a good glass of wine. And, yes, the popcorn tastes good with the wine!" Mariandl Van Otterloo

"The absolute best part is when everyone is relaxing, eating all the desserts, having coffee, laughing, and telling the same old stories. The best." Maryanne Young