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A Very RAM Holiday

Tilton School
As Tilton School students and faculty head out on break, we wanted to celebrate our diverse community by highlighting what holiday celebrations look like in various homes. Everyone has different traditions, whether it is a part of your culture as a whole or just your family. What do the holidays look like for you?!
“We celebrate family through the Christmas traditions.  What I love most is cooking breakfast for my family on Christmas Eve morning and on Christmas Day.  I'm talking big breakfast -- omelets, bacon, homemade home-fries, toast made from homemade bread, french toast casserole, fresh coffee, mimosas (with and without), music, gifts, conversation and laughs.” - Michael Landroche, Dean of Academics, New Hampshire

“In Catalonia, when there are little kids in the family we celebrate “el caga tio” which basically is a piece of wood with a drawn face. We give him food and on the day of Christmas he is “fat” with plenty of presents under a blanket. To get the presents the kids have to sing a song and hit the piece of wood with a stick!” - Marta Estany-Sanchez ‘20, Catalonia, Spain

“My favorite holiday treat is "Sullivan Bread."  Sullivan is my maiden name and when I was a little girl I made it at each holiday event - the bread is rolled by hand, put all together in a beautiful bundt pan.  Now Mackenzie really likes to make it as she carries on the family tradition of the holiday bread.” - Kate Saunders, Asst. Head of School, Virginia/New Hampshire

“I played Santa Clause in the school play in second grade and did an excellent job according to those in attendance.” - Marcus O’Neil, College Counselor, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

“My family always has a huge seafood feast on Christmas Eve, and we all receive new pajamas on Christmas Eve as well.  Both of these traditions have been in existence as long as I can remember, and I cannot imagine a Christmas without them.” - Lynnette Lawrence, Associate Director of Admissions/Financial Aid Coordinator, Western New York

“Believe it or not, we DO celebrate Christmas as well as Chinese New Year. For Chinese New Year, I enjoyed getting red packets filled with money when I was younger. For Christmas, I go out in the city of Shanghai, get some really good food, get my nails done and exchange gifts with my friend.” - Queena Yuan ‘19, Shanghai, China

“My family celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas. I love lighting the candles. The tradition is to put the menorah in the window, so that you can share the light with your neighbors. It makes my home feel really cozy on the dark winter nights!” - Aisha Simon, French teacher, Boston, Massachusetts

“We get double gifts because the Three Wise Men or Three Kings are the same thing as Santa. We celebrate Christmas and New Years as a family. Everyone joins: cousins, great grandparents...completely everyone. Every celebration continues throughout the next day. Dominicans really like to party.  We eat a lot of Pork, Rice, Telera (humongous bread), Russian Salad, etc. Like Spain we eat the 12 grapes before new years. We dance merengue and every house has a “nacimiento,” a traditional nativity scene.” - Lia Villanueva ‘20, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

“Every year we watch a Muppet Family Christmas all together,. We've been doing it since we were really little. Up until 10 years ago, we still had it on VHS.” - Tara Brisson, Athletic Director, Syracuse, New York

“It's dorky, but I get my dogs and cat Christmas gifts...usually a big bone and some premium catnip.” - Megan Killigrew, English Teacher, Vermont

“My family started this tradition a few years ago. Each Christmas Eve we get together and have a laundry basket or more filled with little gifts we call "ding dings". The gifts are more necessities or joke gifts, but we all have fun chanting "What'd you get? What'd you get?" every time somebody receives a gift.” Kathryn Merola ‘22, Meredith, New Hampshire








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