Victoria’s holiday traditions

I love traditions. I was close to all 4 of my grandparents and spent many hours at their homes learning how to cook their signature meals, listening to stories and preparing for holidays. What I did not realize at the time was the traditions of my parents’ home (our nucleus’ traditions) were a hybrid of the traditions from their respective childhoods. Now that I have my own family Jim and I are taking a little from this and a little from that and making traditions for our kids.

Our kids and I are Jewish. Jim is not religious but as close as he gets to a “religion” (besides the Yankees) is Christmas. About 3 years ago, when I took my daughter on our traditional mom/daughter weekend away, Jim and our son decided they would surprise us with a Christmas tree. Now when the girls leave they buy a small “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree, deck our halls and wait for us to come home. It is a wonderful treat and one we now call the celebration of seasonal lights.