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What's Your Family's Most Unusual Holiday Tradition?

What's Your Family's Most Unusual Holiday Tradition?

Growing up, the Christmas traditions at our home revolved a lot around food — especially food that I didn't want to eat, including lutefisk, fruit soup, and other Scandinavian traditional dishes that left a lot to be desired, at least according to a 10-year-old's palate.

Luckily, as adults, there are more traditions that my siblings have established that are more pleasing to me. Yes, we still sometimes serve lutefisk, but every year, we host a much more entertaining tradition at my brother's farm in Wisconsin. On Christmas Eve day, we clear out a section of the pond by the farmhouse and play a spirited (and brutal) game of broomball. For those of you who aren't familiar with the sport, broomball is similar to hockey, played without skates, and using brooms wrapped in duct tape for sticks and a half-inflated soccer ball instead of a puck. Yes, there are bruises involved, but there's a lot of fun, too. Afterward, we all unbundle in the kitchen around the woodstove and warm up with mugs of coffee and hot chocolate, with a generous helping of Christmas cookies.

While contact sports may not be part of your family tradition every holiday, I bet there are some unusual activities that are unique to your family. Is there a Star Wars marathon on Christmas day? A backyard bonfire in the snow? A sledding party in the moonlight? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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