For Christmas, my family has certain traditions that we have followed since I was born. Our Christmas traditions start on December 1st when my family goes to the local Christmas tree store to select a tree. In our family, we all take turns selecting which tree we will buy. For example this year it was my turn to select our family Christmas tree, but in the selection process of the choosing a tree, I have to make sure that the tree I select meets certain standards such as it being at least 5ft and filled with puffy branches. When we bring our tree home, we start decorating as a family, adding different types of ornaments. However the thing that always stays the same is the angel that goes on top of the tree which my grandma brought from Mexico when she came to visit us.
Every Saturday after the 1st of December, my family gets together to watch Christmas movies starting with the Grinch. On Christmas Eve, my family always stays up till 12 to wait for Santa, which is usually my older brother or uncle who dress up, and we open gifts that Santa brought us. The food that we eat changes every year but something that stays the same is mommy making arroz con leche, ponche (a hot Mexican Fruit Punch), and tamales.
Our Christmas tradition is part of my families heritage and it has brought us closer. Other heritages have similar traditions like the ones my family practices but the tangible connections and practices make them unique and different. Our heritage may not be as unique as other families, however the memories we make last forever.