It’s hard to believe Christmas is here! I hope the holidays have found you well and you’ve been able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

Every year, my family and I spend Christmas Eve with my in-laws, aunts and uncles, numerous first cousins and their kids. There is beef on weck, macaroni salad and Aunt Marilynn’s raspberry Jello salad, followed by a piñata, an hour of family photos in front of the tree and if we’re lucky, some caroling that no one takes all that seriously.

Even with two almost-teenage girls in the house, (the older of whom really enjoys sleeping in until all hours!), I anticipate an early morning on Dec. 25,  when months of shopping and wrapping seems to be undone in mere minutes.

From there, we get to work putting the finishing touches on our contributions for dinner, pack up about a million things and head to my parents’ house just down the road, where the holiday cheer continues until well into the night.

Whatever your holiday traditions are, I hope they find you spending time with family and friends, enjoying the little things that go along with the season and making wonderful memories! Merry Christmas!

– Alicia Dziak, Editor, Ellicottville Times