Holiday Traditions

“The Christmas memories you make this year will be the ones you remember in the years to come.”
― Toni Sorenson

For eight days each November or December, Jews light a special candleholder called a menorah. They do it to remember an ancient miracle in which one day’s worth of oil burned for eight days in their temple. On Hanukkah, many Jews also eat special potato pancakes called latkes, sing songs, and spin a top called a dreidel to win chocolate coins, nuts, or raisins.

St. Lucia Day
To honor this third-century saint on December 13, many girls in Sweden dress up as “Lucia brides” in long white gowns with red sashes, and a wreath of burning candles on their heads. They wake up their families by singing songs and bringing them coffee and twisted saffron buns called “Lucia cats”.

People celebrate this Christian holiday by going to church, giving gifts, and sharing the day with their families. In some parts of Europe, “star singers” go caroling — singing special Christmas songs — as they walk behind a huge star on a pole.

Kwanzaa, which means “First Fruits,” is based on ancient African harvest festivals and celebrates ideals such as family life and unity. During this spiritual holiday, celebrated from December 26 to January 1, millions of African Americans dress in special clothes, decorate their homes with fruits and vegetables, and light a candleholder called a kinara.


These are just a few Holiday Traditions from around the world.  Everyone has their own way of keeping memories alive.  Family dinners to light the Menorah, opening presents wrapped under the Christmas tree, the arrival of Santa Claus, dressing in special clothes, singing and dancing.   So this year, step back, take a look at your surroundings, and be grateful.  Think of your senses and ask yourself these questions.  What is that smell?  Pine, logs burning in the fireplace, turkey in the oven.  What is that sound? Laughter, the clinking of wine glasses, the dreidel spinning, children singing.  What is that feeling?  Happiness, excitement, warmth.  What do you see?  Traditions.  Good old family holiday traditions.

Please make your Holiday safe and warm for your family and friends!