Spinnaker Bay’s Holiday Traditions

holiday traditions

The Holidays are a time of year to come together with family and friends, relax, be thankful, and celebrate. But, how we celebrate varies between countries, cultures, and families. We polled our staff here at Spinnaker Bay to see their favorite Holiday traditions. Take a look to see what you have in common:

Tree Time

When asked if they celebrated with a fake or real tree, 66.6% of staffers responded with a fake tree, leaving only 33.3% with real trees. And when asked what color the lights on the tree were, the majority vote went to white. But, perhaps the most debated holiday tradition is when should the tree and other holiday decorations go up? The majority vote was for after Thanksgiving!

Cookies
It can’t be the holiday season without cookies, but which cookie says holidays the most? 44.4% of staffers agreed that the Chocolate Chip Cookie takes the cake—cookie in this case! Tied for second place was the Sugar Cookie and the White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookie.

Last, but not least, was the Imperial Cookie, aka the Empire Cookie. This lesser-known, but equally delicious, cookie was submitted by our Sales & Marketing Associate, Elizabeth Peroutka, and consists of a delicate shortbread cookie with raspberry jam in the middle, sandwiched, and toped with icing and a maraschino cherry. Check out this recipe.

Songs
We were all over the place when it came to favorite holiday songs! From classic carols to newer pop jams, our staffers couldn’t seem to agree on the best song to celebrate the holidays with. Below, you’ll see all of our favorite holiday tunes:

  • Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – N’Sync
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
  • Hark the Herald Angel Sing – Boney M.
  • Little Saint Nick – Beach Boys
  • Winter Wonderland – Johnny Mathis
  • This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
  • Oh Holy Night – Johnny Mathis

Movies
Just like with holiday songs, each of our team members had their own unique favorite holiday movie. Responses included:

  • The Holiday
  • Elf
  • Four Christmases
  • Batman Returns
  • Klaus
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • The Santa Claus

Cards and Calendars
In contrast tothe holiday songs and movies, our staff had mutual feelings on sending cards and using an advent calendar—77.8% don’t do either!

Cocktails
The most popular holiday cocktail was actually beer, but Eggnog, Holiday Mules, Hot Chocolate with RumChata, Old Fasioneds, and Sugar Cane Coconut Rum all have a special place in our hearts (and in our glasses) over the holidays.

Dinner
One thing our staffers definitely have in common is enjoying delicious holiday dinners with their families. Perhaps it’s because we all live in Maryland, but most of our holiday dinners incorporate seafood—from shrimp, to crab cakes, to snow crab legs, to salmon, our staff clearly loves seafood, as well as more traditional items like ham, turkey, and stuffing.

Traditions
Nothing says the holidays like family traditions. These are our favorites:
– Putting fruit at the bottom of stockings
– Staying in pajamas all day
– Wearing ugly sweaters
– Watching Batman Returns with a glass of eggnong

– Elaborate breakfast “like in the movies” after opening gifts

– Watching It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve

– Hanging with family

– Decorating the Christmas Tree

Good Tidings to You
From the Spinnaker Bay family to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season and hope you’re able to celebrate with all of your favorite traditions!