Oral Tradition Essay, Research Paper
My family has many oral traditions. I m not real for sure that there any different
than anybody elses. We celebrate every American Holiday. We have very strong Baptist
religous beliefs. Our religion does not ban us from participating in any holidays. I don t
know what other people do on there holidays but from what I understand and have heard
there pretty much the same.
Every Christmas in our family is a pretty big deal. On Christmas Eve we go to
church to a candle light service. When we get done with that we got to my Grandma s
house. Different people come over there my Grandma fixes a few snacks and goodies for
everybody. My mom usually waits tell my sister is pretty tired so when we get home she
goes right to sleep. When everybody is asleep is when my parents start doing the job of
Santa Clause. But like this year there was a couple of heavy things so I had to stay up to
help carry them in the house. In the mornings my brother usually gets up around 5:30 or
6:00 in the morning. He calls everyone and they come to my house that early. We open
up presents for that whole time usualy untill about 11:00. We then eat breakfast and talk
the rest of the day.
On New Years we really don t have much of a tradition. We usually just go our
seperate ways on New Years eve and have good times. On New Years Day my mom
always boils good shrimp. It s the best I love it. We always celebrate everyones
birthday s. Our family for some reason always celebrates our birthday party s with the
Smiths. That would be Meagans family. during there birthday s we go to there house
and during ours they come to our house. It s pretty weird and I really don t know why we
do it but we have done it ever since we were born.
We celerate Easter just as must family s do I think. we get up in the morning
before church and theres always an Easter basket full of candy. We search through it and
then go to church on Easter Sunday. Halloween is always celebrated at our home. my
mom is a big fan of Halloween. She always had us dressed up in retarded looking outfits
during Halloween. She was always entering us in those Halloween costume contests.
I m through with that and laugh as I see my sister have to go through it. She will know
when she gets older and looks at those stupid baby pictures. She always has her light on
for tricker treaters and all kinds of decorations out.
Valentines Day isn t that big around here. I preferably don t like it much at all.
Here is a reason why I don t like it. Two weeks before Valentines Day on my girlfriends
birthday I bought her a rose and a balloon. It costs me only seven dollars. Then when
valentines Day comes around I roll up there to by the same thing and it costed me
seventeen dollars. That is outrageous. But I guess the flower shoppe people have to do
what the have to do to make some money. There are many holidays that are family
celebrates but there just not real big holidays like St. Patricks Day and April Fools Day
and many many more like that. Holidays are a good thing and they are a lot of fun at
times. You get the opportunity to give and to receive. you get to celebrate the New Year
and have resolutions. The Holidays aren t especially about thing like that. All Holidays
have very special reasons behind them. And I am very glad and fortunate that my family
and religion allows me to celebrate all of them for the many different and wonderful
meanings they have.