Holiday traditions and memories: Part II

Traditions are best when they are shared, especially when there are tasty treats involved. See how these families spice it up for the holidays in these memories shared with the Siuslaw News.


A Christmas Gathering

Every other year our family gathers together with all of us that live in different states.

We make tamales on Christmas Eve and we have a cookie decorating table and a craft table for the little ones. Finally, after a big potluck dinner (the tamales are bagged and given to everyone to take home) Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive with gifts for all the children.

I’m so excited that this is the year to gather! And we always have a cake for Jesus’ Birthday.

— Karen Buckmaster (submitted via Facebook)


Making Tamales

Merry Christmas! My sister’s family has tamale making day around Dec. 10 at grandma’s house. The men decorate the outside of grandma’s house with lights and yard decorations while the women make the tamales and the children decorate grandma’s tree. They all have a big potluck with Christmas music and cookies. This year they made 230 tamales!

— Lynette Kristine (submitted via Facebook)


Conversations on Facebook:

Susan Becker McGuire — Donna, the Yule log?

Donna McGuire — Yup, with Santa, of course.


From now through the end of the year, the Siuslaw News is featuring the region’s favorite

holiday memories and traditions. Hilarious or heartfelt, recent or from those famous “days of yore,” share the warmth of the holidays with your friends and neighbors.

Submissions should be around 250 words, and a photo can be included. The Siuslaw News welcomes all submissions, though reserves the right to edit as needed.

Send submissions to [email protected] or message us on Facebook.




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