December 11 – Other Traditions
Did your family or friends also celebrate other traditions during the holidays such as Hanukkah or Kwanzaa? Did your immigrant ancestors have holiday traditions from their native country which they retained or perhaps abandoned?
I grew up in a fundamentalist Christian household, so there were no other traditions. In fact, every year, we read the nativity story from the Bible before we opened gifts. We also went to a church service many years. I'm interested in the Hanukkah tradition out of curiosity, but have no interest in Kwanzaa whatsoever.
As for my ancestors, they left me no information about their traditions and feelings about the Christmas holiday. I have to reply on literature of their times to try to get some idea of how they might have celebrated.
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