Kids’ Favorite Christmas Traditions Make Holidays Come Alive at Mercy Home

Kids’ Favorite Christmas Traditions Make Holidays Come Alive at Mercy Home

During the holiday season, Mercy Home’s festive spirit shines bright. Above all, we want our boys and girls to embrace the Christmas spirit so they can share their joy with their friends and family. Everyone has their favorite Yuletide customs, and our kids are no different. Here are a few Christmastime traditions that warm their hearts and put a smile on their faces.

“I love when Santa comes around to each youth program at Mercy Home to deliver presents,” said Noah. “It’s fun and exciting to try and guess who Santa is each year. It’s cool to see all the helper elves and the creativity that Mercy Home staff put in to making Christmas special.”

Deandre agrees—nothing compares to that warm, familial atmosphere and the excitement of opening presents.

“I love when we all get into our pajamas and wait for Santa to arrive,” he said. “I’ve never had that experience before.”

Whether it’s the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony, the multiple Christmas trees throughout our Home, or the red bows and garland that line our wrought iron fence, our Christmas events and decorations make things merry and bright.

“I love the decorations,” said Lalo, who got into the holiday spirit by putting up a tree with his peers, while listening to Christmas music, and decorating it with ornaments.

“I love when we all get into our pajamas and wait for Santa to arrive. I’ve never had that experience before.”

While they love celebrating with their Mercy Home family, some of our young people look forward to reconnecting with their parents, elders, and cousins.

“I like to relax with my family. We all go to my grandma’s house, and all my cousins and aunts and uncles are there,” said Taiveon. “My grandma usually cooks a special meal with baked macaroni and cheese.”

Deandre also enjoys visiting family.

“I go to my grandma’s house and she makes a big meal, kind of like a repeat of Thanksgiving. Her dressing is the best,” he said. “I love my grandma.”

For other young people, family Christmas traditions are about doing special activities together around Chicagoland.

“My family and I, we love going to the Museum of Science and Industry and going to the Christmas Around the World exhibit. Then we go to the Walnut Room restaurant at Macy’s. Sometimes we go to a glass-blowing studio where they make icicle ornaments.”

Some kids see Christmas break not only as a time to celebrate the holiday, but an opportunity to take advantage of outdoor activities and embrace winter…even if it’s not their favorite season.

“I love sledding, skiing, and snowboarding, even though I hate the cold and snow,” said Logan, an avid skateboarder during the warmer months. “I also love waking up early and opening presents with my dad.”

We are so thankful for our generous supporters who make Christmas at Mercy Home such a special time of year. What are your favorite Christmas traditions? Feel free to share in the comments below.

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