A few of my cousins, uncles, and aunts before eating the Oplatki on Christmas Eve.
My Mom, Dad, sister Maddie, 2 dogs, Lily and Jojo, and I on Christmas in front of our main tree.
Some girl cousins and I at a Polish family party!
2. Another tradition my family has is our Christmas trees. We have three of them, one for each floor of my house. The first tree is very small, but has a large sentimental value because it was my Grandpa's tree before he passed. The one on our main floor is really big! It's fake, but we have a ton of ornaments from many different places we've been to. It's a tradition as a small family to decorate it every year together on Saint Nick's and it's the main kickoff to the holiday season... The last tree is our theme tree in our basement. Every year we have a different theme for its decoration based on things that have come out of the year. For example... a volleyball tree, a school tree, etc.
3. The last main tradition my family has is our Polish parties!! My dad's side of he family is HUGE and 100% Polish. My dad is the youngest of 9 children, so imagine the size of our parties, plus cousins, dogs, etc. We have this party once a year, and even though my family is really close, it's a nice get together to have celebrating our Polish heritige. We all bring different Polish dishes like perogi's, polish sausage, etc and it's a really fun time!
2. Another big value that my family has is doing well in academics and staying involved with other activities like sports. My dad and my mom are both educators so I've always been motivated to do well in school and get good grades. I also stay involved in 3 sports that "keep me out of trouble." They sure keep me busy, but also keep me in shape!
2. We also go on vacations a lot as a family. My small family tries to go on one large trip every summer and they are awesome! We've traveled to places like New York City, Los Angelas, and Washington D.C. My large family also has an annual summer Up North trip in Rhinelander that we go to! It's for all guys except for me, my sister, and 2 other girl cousins. We tube, swim, fish etc and I look forward to it every year!