All about my Family

By: Anica Gebhard

Customs / Traditions

In my family, it is a tradition that we go to my Grandma Celine’s house on Christmas Eve. We always go to Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00 pm. After Mass, we go to Grandma Celine’s house and have our traditional spaghetti and meatballs, and homemade cookies. After eating the delicious dinner, all my cousins, and aunts and uncle gather together in my Grandma’s living room to open presents. My parents always exchange wine and gift cards with my aunts and uncles. Depending on our age, we either get sports equipment, money, or a small toy . By the time we are done enjoying our presents, it is late, and it is time to clean up and go home. Before going to bed, we put out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots and reindeer food for the reindeer.

In my family, it is a tradition that we go to my Grandma Celine’s house on Christmas Eve. We always go to Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00 pm. After Mass, we go to Grandma Celine’s house and have our traditional spaghetti and meatballs, and homemade cookies. After eating the delicious dinner, all my cousins, and aunts and uncle gather together in my Grandma’s living room to open presents. My parents always exchange wine and gift cards with my aunts and uncles. Depending on our age, we either get sports equipment, money, or a small toy . By the time we are done enjoying our presents, it is late, and it is time to clean up and go home. Before going to bed, we put out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots and reindeer food for the reindeer.



Values

My family has a lot of values but the main value is education. My parent value education a lot ,and they try to make sure that my brothers and I get good grades and get all of our homework done.


Another value that my family has is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. My parents both workout for a least an hour each day, and my brothers and I exercise at least four days a week for two hours. My family loves to eat right and have fun playing different kinds of sports.


My parents are both big on family. We do many things together as a family. We go to museums, theaters, play games of strategy together, and enjoy watching movies. We also enjoy outdoor activities such as golf, biking, swimming, and sand volleyball.




Religion

Our religion plays a very important role in my family, especially during Easter. Every Easter on Holy Saturday, my family and I help out at church. There we help serve breakfast with the Easter Bunny ,and help set up the Easter egg hunt for the kids. While the guests are eating breakfast, we help lead them up to see the Easter Bunny. We then lead the kids to help them decorate bags for the Easter egg hunt. While the children are decorating their bags my family helps to hide the eggs. The kids have the best time.


Our Family is really dedicated to our religion. We are Catholic, and every Sunday, as a family we go to mass. Besides going to Church every week to celebrate the word of God, my brothers and I go to Saint Charles Religion Classes every Monday. The Religion Class or CYF is run by volunteers who give up their Monday Evening to teach and show us the word of God, and try lead us into the right direction in of Faith. Every time we go to CYF we learn a new lesson and something new about God.

Arts / Music / Literature

I don’t think our family does a lot with Art and Music, and literature. My mom enjoys reading and encourages us to read often. My mom also enjoys scrapbooking, and has two scrapbooks for each of us already done. My mother and grandmother also sew and do quilting. They have both taught me things about sewing.

Recreation

There are a lot of leisure and relaxation activities that we do as a family. One of those is playing board games with each other. Almost every Friday night we have either a game night or a movie night with the family. We like to watch humorous movies together and get a good laugh. Another activity we do together with my Aunt and Uncle is make homemade pizza and either watch football or play a card game together. t My family always has something going on. We are always busy, but we always try to make time to get together as a family.