Home for the Holidays?
Christmas is a holiday marked with a plethora of traditions. From opening all of your presents on Christmas eve to eating Christmas brunch instead of having a large dinner, the holiday is celebrated with customs unique to each family and individual. To get a taste of this variety, we asked a couple of our staff what their plans were this holiday season, along with a tradition.
Heading home for the holidays, Camie Abernathy of Paso Robles, CA, shares, “I am looking forward to being home and sitting by the fire. My immediate family meets up with the community of friends I grew up with (about 5 families in total) and we get ridiculous hats and musical instruments and have a party. Each family gets little gifts for the other families, like socks or ridiculous gifts, and we all bring deserts and just hang out. It is one of my favorite traditions.”
Flying to the east coast is Becky Harm of Titusville, Florida, where the humidity and tropical weather is similar to Hawaii’s. “My family has a tradition of watching a different Christmas movie every night in December. My life in Hawaii is so different, so the only tradition I have kept is keeping December festive. Growing up in the tropics I learned that the feeling of Christmas is not about the weather, but rather how much you put into it.” states.
Not everyone on staff is heading to their stomping grounds this year. Although remaining on Oahu this Christmas, Aquila David will be incorporating some old and new traditions this year. “This holiday season I am looking forward to singing classic Christmas music with a warm cup of chai in my hand.” He shared, “When I was growing up on the Island of Kauai, Christmas was a time for family outings. We would head to the beach early in the morning to watch the sunrise and drink Hot Cocoa together. This Christmas, it would be fitting for us who are here to watch the sunset together in the water surfing, doing something we all love.”
Merry Christmas from your Surfing The Nations ohana!