Neighbors share their special, memorable holiday traditions

With this feature, we seek to capture a glimpse of what you and your neighbors have to say about a variety of topics, issues, events – and just plain fun questions.

You might see us anywhere around town, with notepad and camera, randomly seeking out folks who are willing to participate. If we find you, we hope you will want to respond.

At the annual Town of Hilton Head Island Tree Lighting, held at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, we asked: “What holiday tradition, current or past, is most special to you?”

Caroline McVitty, Hilton Head Island: “The most special was hanging Christmas stockings on the doorknobs of my children’s rooms to we could get another 30 minutes of rest in the morning.”













Amiri Farris, Bluffton: “Having sticky buns on Christmas. My mom always made them, and we put her tangerine preserves on them.”












Andrea Gannon, Hilton Head Island: “On Christmas morning, we make a kringle (Danish pastry) and eat it with coffee, and open presents really slowly. Oh, and we dress the dog in her Santa costume.”













Jenny Brasington, Hilton Head Island: “Starting Dec. 1, we watch one Christmas movie a day through Christmas Day. We always start with ‘Christmas in Connecticut’ from 1948 and end with ‘Christmas Vacation.’”













Chris Garniewicz, Hilton Head Island: “Christmas Eve chili. The whole family gets together, whoever is in town, and we make chili. We serve it in special Christmas Chili bowls.”