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Uncommon Christmas Traditions

Students celebrates Christmas in a variety of ways.
Elio Grieson
Bow scooping away to victory, sophomore Jack Cantwell beats Tate Wilson-Bries as Jack Smith watches with amusement.

West Delaware students celebrate Christmas in both traditional and nontraditional ways.

Sophomore Alexis Bunting enjoys surprising unsuspecting families in town with anonymous gifts. 

She and her family pack a van with big bags filled with presents and ding-dong ditch various families in town. They ring their doorbell, drop off one of the bags by the door, and run back to the van. 

“Ding-dong ditching people with gifts just lets me give back to the world and make other people happy,” Bunting said. 

Junior Kendra Lux enjoys a tasty family tradition. When Lux’s grandma was a little girl, her mom made a delicious treat called “bubble bread.” 

“It’s Monkey Bread but with a little Lux twist,” Lux said. The twist is not anything special—just made with extra love.

Sophomore Madylin Gramer celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas with her family in one night. Gramer and her family start their fun-filled day with a Thanksgiving dinner and then transition into playing Christmas-themed games and opening gifts. 

“I love being with my family and doing fun stuff with them,” Gramer said.

After gifts, Gramer’s whole family drives around to look at Christmas lights and then watches a Christmas movie. 

Last, but not least, is the tradition of the White Elephant. Junior Jade Pohlmann has her White Elephant tradition where everyone in her family brings one gift each and piles them into the middle of a table. They take turns drawing numbers to determine when they grab a gift. 

“I always get the highest number so I have to wait the longest, but waiting longer is better so I can scope out the presents and pick my favorite,” Pohlmann said.

Common or rare, it doesn’t matter what you do, just who you are with and the memories you make. 

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Livvy Petlon, Staff
Hey! My name is Livvy Petlon, and I am a sophomore at West Delaware. I am involved in girls wrestling, musical, choir, and journalism. When I am not in school, I enjoy baking, being with my mom, reading a good book, and being with my dogs. After school, I plan to go to a college in California. 
Elio Grieson, Staff
Hello! My name is Elio Grieson. I’m a senior at West Delaware High School. I'm involved in Journalism and choir. Outside of school, I enjoy music, movies, reading, baking, and hanging out with my family. I plan to go to college in North Dakota and hopefully find a career in writing, history, or cinema.

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