Classic Holiday Traditions

Valentina Arias, Multimedia Photo Editor

During the month of December, joy fills the air. Holiday classics make it one of the most special times of year. All of the examples of classics below not only bring happiness, but also festive memories that one cherishes.


The comedic film “Home Alone” came out in 1990 and the movie soon became a holiday staple for many. The film brings Christmas cheer as it tells the story of an eight-year-old forgotten by his family as they leave for the holidays. The child, now home alone, seems thrilled in the beginning, since he longed for a small break from his family members. While at home by himself, two men try to rob his house. They decided to rob the house because they thought no one had been left in the residence. The child decides to leave traps and tricks so that the intruders have no possible way to rob the house or for him to get hurt. The scene of the robbers entering the house is one of the more humorous moments of the film. The two men get in all sorts of trouble and are arrested. At the end, the child reunites with his family and can now spend Christmas with them instead of spending it by himself all alone in his home. It reminds people the importance of family during the holiday season.


Mariah Carey began making music in 1990. Her incredible vocal range ensures she stands out from many singers. She has a five octave vocal range, so she can sing extremely high notes. One of her most popular songs, commonly listened to during the holidays, is “All I Want for Christmas is You.” The song, which came out in 1994, has remained a hit, even as time goes on. The song has risen to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the third week of December. Whenever people hear the song, it acts as a reminder of everything good about the holiday season.


Gingerbread cookies are a delicious way for many to express themselves creatively during the holidays. Not only do they have the seasonal flavors of nutmeg and ginger, but there are many ways to decorate and design them. The cookie can be turned into gingerbread people or into a house, which one can decorate with frosting and candy. While decorating them, the possibilities become endless because the decorations can have different themes. Creating the cookies also puts one in the holiday mood. Making them with friends and family makes the experience even better.

These classics make the holidays much more festive and create a fun, spirited and uplifting mood. The experiences one makes while listening, watching or doing the above traditions embody the true meaning of the holidays: togetherness.