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How We Celebrate The Holidays

MANY PEOPLE SAY the holidays are their favorite time of the year! We all know celebrating traditions that bind friends and family together is truly what makes the holidays special.

This year, we want to share with you some of  our favorite holiday traditions and memories.

Our Team’s Favorite Holiday Traditions And Memories

Dr. Sadineni
I remember the year I woke up and Santa Claus had brought me my first bicycle. I was probably five or six. It was beautiful. It had a banana seat, plastic streamers coming out of the handle bars, and a white fake-wicker basket with colored daisies. I loved that bike. I would ride it all over the place and force my cat to sit in the basket as I navigated the yard. The cat eventually ran away. We all celebrated when I got my training wheels off the following year!

My favorite Christmas memory was when I was little. We would go to my Grandparents house every Christmas Eve to have dinner and open gifts. It was nice to get to spend time with all of our family during the Holidays each year. Then on Christmas morning my brothers and I would wake up super early to go downstairs to see what Santa had brought.

I remember waking up on Christmas morning as a child with my younger sister and being surprised at all the gifts under the tree. My favorite gift that year was a little black puppy we named Bow.

Every Christmas we always have the tradition of watching “Christmas Vacation” on Christmas Eve. The whole family can recite it forwards and backwards. We make the same exact meal as we do with Thanksgiving. It’s kind of like having two Thanksgivings a year… I’m okay with that!

Every year my family gets together on Christmas Eve at my grandmother’s. We still incorporate Polish traditions, like breaking a traditional bread and giving thanks. We eat perogies and other homemade dishes. It’s always simple but there’s never a dull moment with my family.

Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends. After all, time is the only real currency we have, so we need to spend it wisely. My family is large, diverse, and dysfunctional. I wouldn’t have it any other way. My favorite memories are from laughing, crying and growing together over the years.

My favorite Christmas memory was when I was younger. I had always asked my parents for a parrot each year but was always sad on Christmas morning when I woke up and realized I didn’t get one. Then one Christmas morning when I was 16, I woke up to a great surprise! I walked downstairs to see my new Parrot and started crying with excitement! I named him Bernard and to this day I still have him.

My favorite Christmas memory as a child was when I was in 8th grade. We were on vacation in Florida and my parents woke us up and told us to pack an overnight bag because we were going to stay with our Great-Aunt and Great-Uncle for the weekend. Reluctantly, I packed my bags and we got into the car and left. After being in the car for about 45 minutes my dad was like, “Look kids at those big cruise ships! They look awesome!” I thought to myself, “Yeah, and were going to our Aunts and Uncles.” My dad then pulled into the cruise docks and said surprise kids were spending Christmas in the Bahamas. From that point on every year at Christmas time our present from our parents was a nice cruise!

One of my favorite memories of Christmas growing up is going to my Grandma’s on Christmas morning every year. All of my Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins would come together and eat breakfast and then spend the day together. Everyone would open gifts and each of us grandkids would get a stocking. It was awesome to see 32 stocking hanging on the porch windows. We still get together every year but no longer on Christmas morning and no longer at my grandma’s. It is a tradition that has continued for many years and a memory I will always cherish!

I remember when I was 6 my parents tucked all seven of us into bed and told us to get to sleep so Santa would come. My older sister gathered us together to tell us Santa wasn’t coming then all the sudden we heard sleigh bell and we all scattered and ran to our beds. To this day my parents still say it wasn’t them jingling the bells!

As a kid my parents made the rule, “Don’t wake them up before 6:00 a.m. to open gifts.” Every year my sister and I would wake up at 5:00 a.m. on the dot and wait for 6:00 a.m. to roll around. If I’m not mistaken it was the year I got the baby alive doll. I ran up to my parent’s room and eagerly tried waking them up. They slowly started to get up but I was too excited to wait. I ran downstairs and told my older sister, “Mom said we can start, they will be right down.” Well… needless to say, we opened our gifts so fast they were all open before my parents made it down.

Here’s a little something to get you into the holiday spirit!

Share Your Holiday Traditions With Us!

Every culture and every family is different. We all celebrate the holidays in our own unique and special way. We’d love to hear about your traditions! Feel free to comment below or reach out to us on Facebook and let us know your holiday traditions!

Happy holidays to our awesome patients!


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