Every family has holiday traditions and rituals regardless of religious or cultural affiliations. Some of them are based on strict interpretations of religious texts and others are based on quirks of history and family lore. Most are tied to specific celebrations like Christmas, Hanukkah or Diwali and others are connected to life events like birthdays, weddings, funerals, last day/first day of school, and others.
Our family is just like yours in that we have a collection of rituals that we bring out every year like our Christmas boxes full of decorations. Like the decorations, some are hand-me-downs and others are new and created by us. Some traditions are better left behind as our families evolve and change size and shape. [Read more…]