Sunday, December 11, 2011

Advent Calendar - December 11: Other Traditions

This is the 11th in a series of 24 posts for the 2011 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.

On the 14th Day of Christmas
I tried to share ethnic traditions
but we are plain old Protestant Christians!

1) Did your family or friends also celebrate other traditions during the holidays such as Hanukkah or Kwanzaa?

The short answer is "no." When I was growing up, I knew no people of the Jewish faith and Kwanzaa had not been invented yet.

2) Did your immigrant ancestors have holiday traditions from their native country which they retained or perhaps abandoned?

I don't know, because my latest immigrants were from England in the 1850's. Linda's latest immigrants were from Norway in the 1850's.

The holiday traditions we have observed are pretty much the modern American Protestant Christmas expressions with caroling, gift-giving, prayers and family gatherings. And Santa Claus. And lots of laughter and loving and appreciating and thanking.  And eating!

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