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Celebrating the Season

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Celebrating the Season
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The holiday spirit is in the air. And with Christmas upon us, Tamara Lindstrom asked revelers what brings them the joy of the season.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The sanctuary at Saint Patrick's in Syracuse resonated with the sounds of holiday worshipers. Hundreds gathered on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Christ.

"We have a great big celebration after church, and we really enjoy Christmas," said Kim Dipaola, who was attending services with her family. "It's a very nice time of the year. We get together with friends and open presents, and all the great cookies and treats that we have."

"I like presents and spending time with my family," said her Daughter, Erin Dipaola. "I like to make cookies with my mom and dad and my brothers."

Meanwhile, at the Clinton Square ice rink, families celebrated by spending time together.

"It's become a family tradition for us to come down and skate in front of the tree, and then go home and have a nice meal with our family and relax for the rest of the evening," said Skater Bob Kuzdzal.

"We get to come down and skate and just being happy about presents and just being with family," said Mia Kuzdzal.

Still others were out for a different reason.

"The solstice is the first day of winter, and it's also the day we have the least amount of daylight. So we're kind of celebrating that every day after that we get a little but more sunlight every day," said Brekke Holub, whose family was skating. "It's a time to be with your family and just spend some time together and eat good food and exchange gifts. So it's very similar to what people celebrate for Christmas."

And for those still bustling with holiday preparations.

"Just take deep breaths," Kim Dipaola said. "I have all my family help me get ready. It's a big process, all the wrapping and cooking and baking and cleaning. And when it's all done we just enjoy the time from Christmas and New Year's, and that's just what we like to do."

Taking time to remember what's important this holiday season.

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