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Ryan Bellinghausen

I Won’t Be Home for Christmas: Making My Own Holiday Traditions

An illustration of Christmas trees for the holidays.

I have never celebrated Christmas on December 25. When I was younger, if you had asked me when Christmas was, I would have told you the 21st or 22nd, depending on the year. My sister and I never had the luxury of waking up to a relaxing Christmas morning, running downstairs to our awaiting gifts, and reveling in the rest of our Christmas breaks. Our Christmas was always a productionβ€”a whirlwind of bows, baking, and busting our asses to make…

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