Times-Tribune staff share holiday traditions | Local news

We all have these special holiday traditions that we cherish, things we do every year with our families and friends that really make the holiday season.

At the Times-Tribune and Sentinel-Echo office, we have a lot of special memories and traditions that we participate in every year, for example sports reporter Les Dixon said he and his family enjoyed looking at the Christmas lights and watching their favorite Christmas movie.

“Ours are pretty straightforward,” he said. “My daughters and I always take a late night trip to London to check out all the Christmas lights in random houses and downtown. We always make sure to sit down as a family and watch ‘A Christmas Story’ and for a good laugh we watch the Beavis & Butthead Christmas special where I got my 15 minutes of fame by asking Santa Butthead to laugh at my name.

Much like Dixon, Jessie Eldridge of the advertising department also has a tradition of looking at Christmas lights and watching classic Christmas movies.

“We love spending time with our friends and family,” Eldridge said. “One of our favorite things to do is look at all the Christmas lights. We also love setting up our Christmas tree and watching Christmas classics such as “A Year Without Santa Claus”, “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”.

Maggie Asher, of the broadcast department, said she had fond memories as a child making popcorn with her family, which she and her family still do to this day.

“I remember when I was young I would make popcorn and wrap it around the tree,” she said. “We would make all kinds of different ornaments from what we could find and we would even fashion Play-Doh and then let it dry and make ornaments from them. These were the best moments of my childhood life.

For journalist Jarrod Mills, he just enjoys spending time with his family for the holidays.

“Like most people, my favorite tradition is being able to get together with extended family members that I don’t see very often,” he said. “I feel like the pandemic and the lockdowns have opened the eyes of many people to the value of the time we share together. I also look forward to the relief that will come on Boxing Day.

Letisha Williams, an office worker at Southeast Kentucky Publishing, said that, like many, her family’s traditions have changed as she and her family members age.

“Now that we’re all grown up, my mom makes a pancake breakfast and then exchanges gifts,” she said. “When I was a kid my favorite part was getting up and waiting on the stairs until my dad said ‘OK’ and my sister and I would then run to the tree to see what Santa Claus was doing. had brought. It made the excitement so much better. Afterwards, my grandmother gave us her homemade cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon wraps always remind me of Christmas, no matter the time of year.

Editor-in-chief Erin Cox said she too has changed her traditions, especially after moving from her home state to Kentucky.

“In the last few years since I moved to Kentucky and my marriage, my traditions must have changed dramatically, which has been difficult for me as I no longer see my parents or my sister at Christmas,” he said. she declared. “However, one of my favorite traditions growing up was decorating Christmas cookies with my mom and sister. It’s a tradition that I have now started with my stepson Caison and one that is close to my heart. I helped him bake the cookies and the frosting and we put on Christmas music to listen to as we decorate. This year he ate a bite of every cookie he decorated despite I telling him every times these cookies also went to others (don’t worry, I only shared the ones I made) .And sure enough, we made a plate of cookies for Santa and carrots for them. reindeer on Christmas Eve, another tradition I practiced at home growing up. ”

As for this reporter, my family always try to keep our traditions alive, we just adjusted them over the years to make sense for our growing family. One thing my family has always done every year is to open our “Christmas tradition” on Christmas Eve, which is new pajamas. We wear them to bed on Christmas Eve and wake up and open our presents in our matching pajamas as a family. Now that I have my own family, it’s a tradition that we as a family have carried on and something that we plan to do for years to come.

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