My Family Traditions

Olivia Howard

White Elephant

Every year for as long as I can remember, the adults in my family participate in a white elephant gift exchange on Christmas. Everyone brings a gift that anyone would like. Everyone that brings a gift puts their gift in a pile and people draw names out of a hat to see who gets to pick the first gift. Also, you can steal gifts from people if you like their gift better. The white elephant gift exchange would be an example of a norm in my family because we have done it our whole lives, and it would be found normal in my family to not bring a gift for everyone, but a gift for the gift exchange.


My dad is a very big football fan. He has always loved the Illini, no matter how terrible they are. My dad used to get season tickets to Illini games every year. He would take my mom and I up there, along with a couple of his friends and we would tailgate before each game. It was a blast. Unfortunately we don't do this very often anymore because the Illini have not been very good lately.

My Traditions

When I grow up and have a family, I would like to make some traditions for my family to follow. First of all, I would like to make some sort of dessert with my kids during the holidays. Every year, my cousins and I would make nut roll at my great grandma's house. Another tradition I would like to make would be to take my kids to a certain vacation spot every year, such as Florida or Alabama or something.