Christmas Traditions

On Christmas Day families were celebrating throughout the Big Bend.

Family, friends, and lots of lots of gifts; it's the time of the year that brings smiles to many faces, but it's not just wrapped presents bringing smiles this year.

Linda Nucatola celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah and says, "We're very happy to be here. We haven't seen them in a long time; we come from Sarasota, which is also in Florida, and it's just good to be together."

But living miles away from loved ones can make carrying on family tradition a little difficult.

Allicia Franks says, "Normally I would start off going to Christmas service and then followed by family dinner. This year is a little different family is not here, they're all over the county, and I'm here attending Christmas service alone."

Roberta Carney adds, "Pretty much just gathering the gifts together and keeping the calls coming in from the family."

It seems every family has its own custom for the holidays.

Al and Alice Gunderson say, "Being with family and friends, that and Alice really enjoys decorating, so we do a lot of that at home."

Linda Nucatola adds, "We celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, so we have a menorah and a tree, always have."

Allicia Franks adds, "We look forward to the new year and new beginnings, and just a whole lot of new things and to celebrate the end of this year."

No matter what holiday you are celebrating, you only have a few days until it's time to start thinking about those New Year's resolutions.

Christmas wasn't the only holiday Sunday. The first day of Hanukkah started at sundown.