Enquirer reporter Haadiza Ogwude during her second Christmas in 1997.

Often referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year,” the holiday season is the period of time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, which includes festive occasions such as Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The annually reoccurring time period also includes personal and national traditions aimed at getting individuals in the spirit of the season.

For most families, this may include matching pajama sets, a screening of the classic film “A Christmas Story,” yuletide carols, ugly sweaters, gingerbread house competitions and more. But in my family, we do things a bit differently.

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Although I am an only child, I have an extended family, including 18 biological aunts and uncles spanning three countries and a host of family friends from all parts of the world. This, combined with my parents’ unconventional nature, makes the holidays a unique experience in my household.

Here are some of my family’s weirdest holiday traditions, including a Christmas tree that may or may not get bought and decorated in a rush on Christmas Eve.

Last-minute Christmas tree

Enquirer reporter Haadiza Ogwude shares her wackiest holiday traditions with readers, including the last-minute Christmas tree.

The most unusual of the holiday traditions is the last-minute Christmas tree. When I say last minute, I don’t mean one or two weeks before Dec. 25.

In my West Virginia household, our tree is purchased and decorated one day (two if we’re lucky) before Christmas. Why, may you ask? There is no rhyme or reason behind this other than it’s what we’ve always done.


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