Things People Only Do During the Holidays

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The Holiday Season is a period of time that occurs annually and is recognized in many Western and Western-influenced countries.  From late November to early January, the Holiday Season includes festivals such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year.  What are some things people only do during the holiday?
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Seeing Distant Relatives

You are always welcome to visit your families anytime during the year.  The reason why the holiday season is a great time to see your relatives is because people can travel for longer and further during the break they get from school or work.  Also, who else is better than to spend the holidays with?
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Celebrating Christmas

There are countless Christmas related activities, for example: putting up Christmas trees and ornaments, sending Christmas cards and gifts, taking a picture with Santa in the shopping mall, touring streets of houses decorated with lights, making everything red and green, seeking out as many peppermints flavor food or drinks, going to Churches on Christmas eve, singing Christmas Carols, leaving cookies and milk for Santa, opening gifts in the morning of Christmas day, fighting through the Christmas sales crowd, and etc.  Some are traditions, some are trends that were made by creative human beings.  Which one is your favorite?
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Attending or Throwing an Ugly Sweater Party

Remember that bright green sweater with Rudolph’s face grandma gave you three years ago?  Such a fashion nightmare finally found a place where it fits right in – an ugly sweater party!  According to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On, there was a noticeable uptick in ugly sweater parties around 2001, and the tradition snowballed from there.  The ugly sweater has become a ubiquitous feature of the holiday season.
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Staying Up to Countdown to The New Year

We don’t usually see anyone staying up to countdown on September 30th or any other month, this is one activity that people do only in December.  On this night, people like to countdown with their families and friends and to make New Year resolutions.  In the U.S., one of the most prominent celebrations is the “ball drop” held in the New York City’s Time Square.  The Ball Drop has been held since 1907.  It has also inspired similar “drop” events outside of New York City, such as Atlanta’s “Peach Drop” as Georgia is the “Peach State”.
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Lastly, a small tip for you when greeting others during this time of the year, “Happy Holidays” may be a substitution for “Merry Christmas”, it is also a collective and inclusive wish for the period encompassing Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year.

Happy Holidays!

IEM Team
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