Podlena Tradition

By: Shayla Podlena

What is the Podlena Tradition?

  • Our family plus my mom's parents and my mom's brother and family (my cousins) go to church on Christmas Eve for an hour.
  • After the service, we go to my grandparents house and have a family dinner.
  • After we eat, we open presents we all gave each other (not including the presents our parents or "Santa" gave us, we save that for Christmas Day)
  • We leave around 10-11 at night.

What do I like about it?

  • I like how we all get together because my older cousins live in Texas, so I get to see them every year.

Would it be something I would do with my family someday?

  • Yes, I would love to do it with my family someday. It brings all of the cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, etc. together to have a good family meal and enjoy Christmas.
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My Future Tradition

What is the tradition?

  • To start a white elephant party with just the immediate family

Why do I want to start this tradition?

  • It is something we can joke around with, because we all know our strengths and weaknesses and what we like and don't like.

What would it include?

  • All you need is imagination, and the knowledge of what your family doesn't like.
  • You pick out of a hat who your giving your gift to.
  • The present has to be less than twenty dollars.
  • We all meet two days before Christmas and exchange our gifts to one another.