From our newsroom to your living room, here are a few of our favorite Christmas traditions.

The halls are decked with boughs of holly (fa la la la la, la la la la). It is the season to be jolly (fa la la la la, la la la la). From Christmas lights to presents, each family has traditions passed on from generation to generation. From our newsroom to your living room, here are a few of our favorite Christmas traditions.

 1. Christmas morning fun

I love watching my children unwrap presents, hot chocolate in hand. As the paper fragments fall to the floor, each reaction is priceless. The best part comes next: we all get to play together with cool toys.

—Trevor McDonald, reporter


2. Movies and M&Ms

On Christmas eve, my wife and I wrap presents while munching on M&Ms while an old holiday movie, like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” plays in the background.

—Danny Henley, reporter


3. Christmas story from the Bible

My favorite Christmas tradition is having my entire family gather at my house on Christmas Eve for dinner and opening presents. I read the Christmas story from the Bible before dinner. I have four generations together and take lots of pictures.

—Bev Darr, reporter


4. Stockings and such

Every year for Christmas, I enjoy getting together with family members on Christmas Eve and stuffing stockings. Preparing our Christmas meal is always time well spent, and opening gifts is always the perfect capper to another lovely holiday shared with friends and family.

—Joe Alberico, sports editor


5. Gingerbread houses

Last year, my family for the first time had a gingerbread house making contest. We really went all out, purchasing candies, cereals and other accessories to transform our creations from blasé to bombastic. At the end of the day, extended family members came over for a gathering and voted on the most aesthetically pleasing creation. I came in third, behind my dad and sister. My nephew was too young to help last year, but it’s a tradition we hope he’ll participate in this year.

—Eric Dundon, managing editor