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Northern Neck holiday traditions

Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 9:05 am

Everyone has stories about family traditions that they look back on fondly, especially at Christmas. It’s the perfect time of year to add something meaningful and magical to the holiday season. We asked some locals about their own Christmas traditions, hoping you find something new to add to your own celebrations.

Casey Newsome, Burgess

For the Newsomes the holidays are about faith, family, food, and fun. Every year, the sisters and kids get together to make gingerbread houses “just for the fun of getting together.” There’s a lot of additional baking for family, neighbors and customers (the family run a restaurant aptly named “Newsome’s” in Burgess) “who may not have family.” There’s also a lot of family fun when they all participate in the Christmas decoration scavenger hunt. They split up into teams, hunting for specific decorations in downtown Kilmarnock. Once they find one, they take a picture. “We race to get all of them first. There’s no prize, it’s just for fun.” A particularly meaningful activity is to travel to the Church of the Latter Day Saints Temple in Washington, DC to see the live nativity scene and hear the musical performances.

Ashley Hundley

Hundley’s family gets together to cook a Christmas Eve breakfast like many other families do, but this one has a twist. They prepare wild game: venison sausage, squirrel, quail, and frog legs are all on the menu.

Shannon Wilkens, Glebe Point

The spirit of the season takes on a different meaning for Wilkens. Christmas Eve is a time for him to visit with his father and share a drink or two, “usually a bourbon or some other cocktail.”

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