AREA FAMILIES RING IN HOLIDAY WITH UNIQUE TRADITIONS.Byline: Christopher Noxon Daily News Staff Writer
It's Christmas, the time for stockings, family, gifts . . . and the traditional cheese sandwich from McDonald's.
Kristy Campbell knows that eating a fast-food feast isn't exactly traditional - at least for most people. But her family has been eating their Christmas Eve dinner under the ``Golden Arches'' for so many years, it's a regular part of the holiday for the 20-year-old animal handler A software routine that performs a particular task. It often refers to a routine that "handles" an exception of some kind, such as an error, but it can refer to mainstream processes as well. The term is typically used in operating systems and other system software. from Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. .
Even though she became a vegetarian six years ago - she now orders a cheeseburger, hold the all-beef patty - Campbell keeps the holiday habit alive.
``Pretty much everyone I know thinks it's strange,'' she said. ``But my family has been doing it for more than 20 years.''
Campbell is not alone in following unique family traditions. From playing a round of golf to ladling goulash gou·lash
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Simi Hills is located on the western edge of the San Fernando Valley, United States. They run east-west and they extend 26 miles east-west, and 7 miles north-south. Golf Course today, said assistant golf pro Brian Mahoney Brian Mahoney was producer of Take the High Road from 1981-1990. He now stays in Ballygrant on Islay. . Some players don't celebrate Christmas in the first place, while others play a round of golf as a yuletide tradition. A few hit the links to try out equipment snatched from under the tree.
``It always amazes me that it's so busy on Christmas Day,'' Mahoney said. ``People are so die-hard about this sport that nothing would stop them.''
Similar devotion is on display at the beaches, where lifeguard Steve White said a cadre (company) CADRE - The US software engineering vendor which merged with Bachman Information Systems to form Cayenne Software in July 1996. of surfers turn up every Christmas morning.
``There are groups of surfers who make a special point of coming out on Christmas Day,'' he said. ``They spend the day doing what they like best. And they beat the crowds.''
The Christmas meal is the tradition probably open to the widest variation. A roast may be the norm, but individual tastes run the gamut See color gamut.
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Norma Callero, a volunteer coordinator at the Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. Library, said she and her family like to spend a quiet evening with candlelight, carols and a big Christmas Eve lasagna. The tradition has been passed on to children in Colorado, who now serve lasagna to their children.
Let others roast chestnuts. Callero will stick to pasta.
``Continuity at Christmas is important, especially to kids,'' she said.
Jennifer Winters, who works at Party Land supplies in Thousand Oaks, said her Christmas meal always includes spinach salad. She's not sure why, but she can't imagine a holiday without it.
Winters said another family tradition came from her mother, who makes cinnamon rolls every Christmas Eve to deliver to friends and family around the city.
Having lots of visitors is an important tradition to Joan Carpenter, a publisher from Simi Valley who said her family routinely had 30 visitors over for dinner on Christmas Eve.
``I like to have lots of people around,'' she said. ``It's important to have lots of people you care about around you on Christmas. That's the only tradition I follow.''