We had 15 readers share their favorite holiday traditions in our contest to win matinee tickets to the BSO's Cirque de la Symphonie. (Unfortunately, the Facebook plug-in on the contest page isn't showing all the comments/entries—it's an ongoing problem we're working on—but we're able to see all the entries on the administrator page). Also, sorry for posting the winner a day later than promised—I was struck by a vicious cold.
The winner is Ginny MacAnespie, whose tradition seemed to capture the spirit of the season: "One of our family's favorite holiday traditions is to go out to dinner on Christmas Eve (leave a nice tip for the server as a blessing) and then drive around for and hour or two looking at Christmas lights." Ginny, please let us know if you prefer tickets to the Wednesday or Friday matinee.
If you didn't win, never fear: You can buy tickets at really reasonable prices here.
And since readers haven't been able to see all the other great traditions that were submitted, I've copied and pasted them here:
Katherine Levin: Fav tradition is new pjs for all the children on xmas eve.
Heather Weisse Walsh: One of our fav traditions is strolling up 34th Street every year (hot chocolate in hand). We're also looking forward to checking out the BSO's debut of A Christmas Carol in a few weeks. :)
Karen Alexander: My favorite holiday tradition is going to McLean Nurseries in Parkville to buy wreaths and holiday greenery - I grew up near there so I am transported back to my childhood every time I visit!
Ann Williams Duncan: A favorite family tradition is one shared by many -- making christmas cookies. A great excuse for the kids to make a huge mess and get creative!
Amy Highstein-Berman: favorite holiday tradition is hanging with the family!
Cynthia Hill: Waking up Christmas morning with the family all in the holiday PJ's purchased for the family photos while opening gifts around the tree with the fire place blazing in the background.
Christina Drews-Leonard: We have a great neighborhood holiday tradition - a cookie swap and caroling party.
Melia Adams Wilkinson: First and foremost, getting the tree and trimming it. For traditions outside of the house, I love going to the Mt Vernon Tree Lighting. Tis the season!
Kate Sperlein: our families favorite holiday tradition is making gingerbread houses and going to see the lights on 34th street.
Jessica Emrick: Spending Christmas Eve with my family (and eating pizza for those of us who don't eat fish) for our Seven Fish dinner tradition. Then playing board games the rest of the night.
Casi Dow: Ever since moving to Baltimore - I love the lighted boat parade! Can't wait for it this Saturday!
Stephanie Amatucci: The Wednesday showing also happens to be my sisters birthday! What a perfect start to the holiday season for myself and my best friend!
Caroline Oppenheimer: This will be a very good performance for my whole family to see.
Ioana Nicolaescu Fleming: My favorite holiday tradition is caroling. My boy is 2.5 years old can already sing a couple of them. He's so cute pumping his fist and saying "Hey!" at Jingle Bells :)