How did your parents and grandparents celebrate this special time of the year? How do you celebrate Christmas, or Hanukkah, and the Holiday Season today?
Christmas traditions: first memories
My first Christmas memories date back to my grandparents’ apartment in Freiburg. The earliest Christmas picture predates these memories. It was taken in Bad Säckingen where I was born. I combined it with a picture of my son Nicholas taken in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Both little boys are admiring the candles. Yes, real candles on a real tree! For the candles to be placed, the tree had to have its natural shape with the branches offset and not sheared or pruned. Until last year, we reused the oldfashioned tinsel, made in Germany. They still make tinsel, now lead-free, but it is not heavy enough to hang straight.[Read more…] about Christmas Traditions