This time of year, from the end of November through early January is a time loaded with tradition. In my family we celebrate Christmas, other families celebrate, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and some don’t “celebrate” holidays. Religious connotations aside many of us have family traditions that we practice year after year. That’s what a tradition is, customs, practices, rituals that we repeat over and over.
Traditions can be about what we have for dinner, how we decorate a tree, what songs we sing, what services we attend, what gifts we give, what movies we watch, or what stories or legends we repeat.
Someone told me about a pickle ornament legend I had never heard of , so I started doing some searches.
A subject search of the Jackson District Library Catalog for Holiday Customs brings up 49 items, including Valentines, All Saints day and Cinco de Mayo.
A search for Holiday Traditions list 25 items.
A search for Christmas Legends brings up 14 titles.
In doing and Internet search I found legends and traditions about Spider webs, pickles (find it at Bronner's) , bird’s nests, Robins, Sage Plants, donkeys, and many many more,
Check the World of Christmas.net or Bronners,
At my house we always have bird's nest in our tree. We get two new ornaments every year, one for us and one for my daughter (she'll take those with her when she starts her own tree).
My daughter always asks if she can open her presents on Christmas eve- I always "give in" and let her open one, but it has to be the one I choose. Dad always says let her choose her own- I always insist on my choice and it's always Pajamas. (so she can wear them to bed and look better in the morning for pictures)
Comment and let us know what are some of your traditions are.
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