In the spirit of Christmas, we thought it would be a fun idea to ask some of our faculty and staff what their favorite Christmas tradition is. You will enjoy reading about memorable traditions and funny family stories. So enjoy the second rendition of the SCS Faculty and Staff: Favorite Christmas Traditions.
A favorite Christmas tradition that my husband and I started together is turning out to be a beloved yearly event. We enjoy spending the day after Thanksgiving together buying our tree, decorating it as well as our apartment, while Christmas music plays in the background, and taking all of our hard work in as we eat dinner with all of the Christmas lights on! ~Amber DiNozzi, MS Teacher
Growing up, we did not have a lot of money as a family, so buying gifts for each other was very difficult. I have 6 brothers and sisters, so it was our task to make the other siblings a gift for Christmas. We are all older now, but we have kept the tradition with our kids, only with a twist. It is between the cousins. After Thanksgiving, each cousin chooses a name, and they set totask to create a gift for that cousin. Because of the size of my family, there are 25 cousins all together. We are also spread out all over the United States, so watching my children thoughtfully create and then mail a gift and a card to their cousin has been so touching. Also, every year my husband and I buy an ornament for each of our children that represents the year for them. It could be a big event, a sport, a vacation, or whatever. They have their own box, and one day, when they leave, they will take that box of memories/ornaments with them to their new lives. ~Jenn Coggin, Assistant Financial Administrator
My favorite Christmas tradition is baking the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend while my husband who is much more the decorator than I, decorates the tree and asks, “Should the angels go here or here?” He’s just looking for the first batch of dark chocolate and hazelnut cookies! ~Nancy Bambino, HS Social Studies Teacher
We do not have a “favorite” Christmas tradition, but I do have an unfortunate one. Since I am always running behind in everything, our tradition turned into seeing how long I can procrastinate in my Christmas decorating and shopping. It is now December 17th and I’m embarrassed to say, I haven’t decorated yet and I only bought a few gifts. Thank the Lord that we were given off two extra days!! That is when my race will begin! 🙂 ~Kim Kozicki, Development Office Assistant
Every Christmas was spent with our siblings, but now that they have grandchildren of their own, their Christmas is spent with their growing family. So since my husband and I don’t have grandchildren just yet, we started a Christmas tradition with our three boys. On Christmas day, I cook a slew of appetizers and a delicious dinner. We eat our appetizers, then we go out to see a fun movie. This year we will see Night in the Museum. Then after the movie we come home and eat dinner. I guess this will be our tradition until we have our own grandchildren…..and then we get to spoil them! ~Anna Fenimore, Director of Development and Marketing