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New Year Traditions

Thinking back to our New Years celebration as a kid I fondly remember my mom making a special punch of orange sherbet and seven up, a tray of Kielbasa cut up in circles with colorful toothpicks in each one and leftover Christmas cookies for dessert. Right before ten, (kid's midnight) my mom would pull out pots, pans and large serving spoons and give a set to each of us while she nudged us all out to the front porch. She would start the countdown and with each number she called, the louder we got until the highly anticipated "Happy New Year!" We would bang our pots (sometimes each other) and squeal with laughter. This memory got me thinking of New Years eve and New Years day traditions, where

Christmas Crazy

Christmas traditions. Everyone has something they remember from their childhood that really symbolizes the Christmas holidays. It could be a food, a specific decoration, perhaps even a smell. I have several “triggers” of the holiday season and at times my husband and kids believe me to be crazy, but hey, it’s the holiday season. Here’s some holiday history mixed in with some Christmas crazy. The idea of our modern Santa came from a combination of the description in the 1823 poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and the political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Coke commercialized him and that’s how we got the image of Santa today. My image of Santa is a little closer to home. It had to have been 1973 an

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