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Hemisphere’s Favorite Holiday Traditions

The holidays are a time of immense joy, boisterous laughter and heartwarming traditions. Since this special time of year is best shared with friends and family, we at Hemisphere Educational Travel wanted to share our beloved holiday traditions with you.


“Lighting the menorah, then watching our kids tear open one gift each night of Hanukkah. I also love watching my family eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day (for good luck) as everyone complains about how bad they taste!” – Jennifer Rosenbaum, Director of Finance

“Soaking up the sun at the beach on Christmas Eve. I'll take white sands over snow any Christmas.” – Brittany, Account Executive

“One of our family’s holiday traditions is going to pick out our fresh Christmas tree at the local tree farm. We always go the day after Thanksgiving and decorate the tree as a family. It starts our Christmas holiday.” – Jennifer G., Accounting/Customer Service

“Cooking traditional meals for the family, going to church and opening presents … Lots of presents!” – Rocio, Airline Representative/Travel Agent

“Balling up the wrapping paper from opened presents and throwing it at one another. We try to be sneaky and throw it when a person isn't looking.” – Sara, Senior Account Executive

“Every year, I go out with my cousins, aunts and uncles and we order a bunch of appetizers to share, then all take turns buying a round of drinks and making a toast.” – Gloria, Account Executive

“Taking a carriage ride around Chicago with pizza at Gino's East with my family.” – Kristen, Account Executive

“Cutting down our Christmas tree at a tree farm and decorating with my family, having breakfast with Santa and my annual cookie exchange with my book club.” – Emily Michelin, Sales and Operations Supervisor

“Each family member receives the same ornament on Christmas Eve—something that reminds us of a memory that happened that year. Mom and Dad's ornament goes on the tree and the kid's ornament goes in their keepsake box that they will take with them when they move into their own home with their own Christmas tree.” – Gayle, Head of Tour Operations

“Oplatek—a Polish wafer that we share on Christmas Eve and use to wish each other well for the New Year.” – Caroline, Account Executive

Just like travel creates unforgettable memories for students, we hope your holiday season is filled with memories that bring you joy for many years to come.

Written by Hemisphere Educational Travel