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Q: What are your spe­cial Christ­mas tra­di­tions?

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Each year I take a sim­i­lar photo of my three lit­tle boys around the Christ­mas tree. It’s been so fun to see them grow and change each year. And the glow from our tree al­ways looks so mag­i­cal to me.

MELISSA DEVOE WAKE FOR­EST, NORTH CAROLINA

We be­gin Christ­mas Eve with take­out from a lo­cal Mex­i­can res­tau­rant. We put Christ­mas mu­sic on and have been known to play a few tunes our­selves. We have a vi­o­list, two cel­lists and a flutist in the fam­ily, and my hus­band plays gui­tar, so there is no short­age of in­stru­ments.

HEATHER ECKMAN MA­RI­ETTA, PENN­SYL­VA­NIA

The fam­ily gets to­gether and we en­joy dishes from each gen­er­a­tion’s hol­i­day recipe book. We share stories of past gen­er­a­tions and re­mem­ber the real rea­son for the hol­i­day.

CYN­THIA STEVENS HOOPESTON, ILLI­NOIS

My son, Travis, is a truck driver and spends all week away from home. About 10 years ago, he started a tra­di­tion where we gather on Christ­mas Eve and fill goody bags with cook­ies or candy for the truck­ers who can’t be home for the hol­i­days. Travis buys all the sup­plies. Then on Christ­mas morn­ing, he and his girls head to the truck stop and dis­trib­ute the bags.

ROX­ANNE SWARTZ STOCKETT, MON­TANA

What is your fa­vorite hol­i­day or­na­ment— and why? Maybe you’ve had it since you were small, or it re­minds you of some­one spe­cial. Visit coun­try­wom­an­magazine.com/sub­mit to share.

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