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by Marialena Rago
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he holidays are all about tradition. Some are big like going to a soup kitchen on Christmas Eve. Others are small, but have a major place in your memory. My family has small traditions. Nevertheless, they are ours and have a special place in my heart. It starts at midnight on Christmas morning. No matter how old I get, I can never sleep. I usually stare at the clock all night long. When it gets to a reasonable time (around seven o’clock in the morning), I go over to my brother’s room to wake him up. Together, we walk downstairs to wake up our parents. Their wake up call is me and my brother jumping up and down on their bed screaming, “WAKE UP! IT IS CHRISTMAS!” When they are finally up and out of bed, we get into our special line. Our line starts with my dad, then me, my brother and lastly, my mom. We slowly walk down the stairs together and once my dad can see the tree, he stops us and says, ‘Well, it looks like Santa missed our house.’ We know he is lying, but we cannot help but to push past him and make a run for our tree. The next hour or so is spent giving and opening presents. After that, my mom and dad usually go back to bed for a little while and leave my brother and me to play with our new presents. Around nine, my Nana Jean comes over. Christmas is her birthday, so we try to make it very special. She and my uncle bring over Stocks pound cake and other morning pastries. We show her what Santa brought us and then she gives us our gifts. They stay for an hour or so and then leave to get ready for Christmas dinner back at our house. Christmas dinner is my favorite. My whole family comes over and my mom sets a tent up in the backyard so we could fit. My family is pretty big, so our house would not hold all of us. Not to mention the amount of food. Christmas is one of the times that my whole family gets together and that is why I love it. The holidays are times for family, love and traditions. No matter how many traditions or the size of them, they are all special. prh Here is one of my favorite family recipes
Arancini (Rice Balls) Ingredients ➜ 2 eggs ➜ 2 cups of freshly made rice ➜ 4 oz. Mozzarella cheese cut in ½ cubes ➜ 1 cup grated cheese ➜ ¼ cup of frozen peas ➜ ¾pankco breadcrumbs ➜ Vegetable oil for frying Directions Beat the eggs lightly with a fork. Add rice, grated cheese and peas and stir gently. Let cool. Scoop up 1 tablespoon of the mixture. Place a cube of Mozzarella cheese in the middle and top with another spoon of rice and peas. Press into ball shape. Roll in pankco and place on wax paper. Shape the other balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes Heat oil in frying pan. Fry balls until golden brown. Transfer to a baking dish. They may be kept warm in oven for 10 minutes. Serve!