What’s on TV?
My favourite family tradition is watching TV shows together. Every night at dinner, we speed through episodes of White Collar, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bull, and lots of Korean shows. I know some of you might be thinking, but shouldn’t dinner be a time when you share what has happened to you during the day? Well, we just save that for before or after we eat.
Ady Lam, 13, Island School
The most wonderful time of the year
One of my favourite family traditions has to be celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. Every year, my family and I gather at my aunt’s house for dinner. I love going to the park to play catch with my cousins, and eating mooncakes.
Hannah Ma, 14, Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School
In the run-up to Christmas, we watch a lot of wintry movies, like The Polar Express. While it’s nice to sit together near a heater to watch something that will get us into the holiday spirit, I’m glad it’s still a while off, and that we don’t have to watch any cheesy flicks any time soon.
Zachary Perez Jones, 13, South Island School
Let’s go fly a kite
When a baby is born into our family, their parents have to fly a kite. I think it makes people happy. I hope I get to do it one day.
Hannah Ho, 12, Maryknoll Fathers’ School
Is it Christmas yet?
It’s definitely decorating the Christmas tree together. The first thing we do is to take out our tree. It’s been around for 15 years, so it’s even older than I am! I’ve got lots of photos of me when I was younger, hanging decorations on the tree.
They bring back very sweet memories. My family and I examine each decoration closely, and we remember the times we have used it before. We joke and laugh, and the atmosphere is always very relaxed and peaceful. I look forward to this day every year, and I always have fun.
Chloe Lau Hong-ching, 12, St Mary’s Canossian College
It’s the simple things
I am super into our family’s tradition of shouting in unison at the beginning of each meal, with a simple “cheers”, “let’s start our meal”, or a wish for “good health”. I love this because it forces us to start the meal together, and everyone gets to joyfully shout wishes
for each other.
Adrian Leung, 21, University of Hong Kong
I like that my family regularly talk together face-to-face. We get to share our feelings and we’re kept updated on what’s happening in each other’s lives.
Kelly Chan Oi-wa, 13, Maryknoll Fathers’ School
I’m thankful for …
Thanksgiving dinner is definitely my favourite family tradition. Most Hongkongers don’t celebrate this holiday, but my family does every year. The turkey is always so delicious!
Tiffany Kwok, 13, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School
Every year, on Christmas Eve, my dad makes a delicious dinner for our family. We have steak, foie gras, roast lamb rack with herbs, and lobster soup. It all tastes fantastic.
Helen Law, 13, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School
Dumplings for days
My favourite family tradition is that we always have Shanghai dumplings for dinner every Sunday night. It’s so fun to make them together, and it has been a tradition for generations!
Belinda Ng, 18, Cambridge University