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What Holiday Traditions Do You Celebrate?

We are Catholic and celebrate Advent and Christmas.  However, my husband’s grandparents were Austrian Jews so there is Jewish culture in his distant background.  We decided a long time ago that we would celebrate whatever we choose to – regardless of religion.  Plus when we started adopted children we knew we would need to be open to other cultural options.

In 2009 my daughter decided she wanted to be Jewish (age 4 at the time).  Far be it from me to be a barrier – so we celebrate Hanukkah along with the other holidays.  I wish I knew more about Jewish celebrations – maybe someday.  But in the meantime – at this time of year we are open to anything/everything.

This is what we have for a Menorah.  With my kids and dogs – real flames are not going to happen.  As it is I use candles for the Advent Wreath and literally have to stand guard over it while it is lit.

And you have already seen this year’s Advent Wreath.  
As for a tree?  We don’t ever get that until after Hanukkah – moving from one set of decorations and traditions to another.  So at this time – still no tree.  I assume we will get it next week but there have been years where we literally picked up a tree on Christmas Eve.  
And this year’s cultural video?
How do you handle the holidays in your house?  Do you follow one set of traditions or multiple?  

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