The Christmas Tree

There is nothing better on a snowy night than to sit by the Christmas tree, all decorated, lit up and twinkling in the night. The reflection from the window of the lights makes it seem like there is another tree out yonder! There is something soothing and comforting about being in the presence of the tree representing rich traditions passed down through the centuries. This started me thinking about the evergreen tree and wondering about its history and how it came to be that we now have it as a main staple in our homes at Christmas.  Throughout history many cultures treasured and worshiped evergreens. It started with the Egyptians, at the arrival of the winter solstice – December 21st. They would bring in green palm leaves into their homes to symbolize life’s...

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Traditions

            Every month is marked by a longstanding customary tradition that owns and defines the month. Retailers rally round and don’t miss the early opportunity to remind us to pay attention and get ready to conform to the norm of traditions defined by our society. From the beginning of January through to the end of December we are reminded when and what to do, according to traditional flare. Just like each month is marked with a signature tradition each season also has routines of passage. Growing up in an Italian family I am no stranger to traditions. he summer was (and still is) tomato season, followed by the fall wine pressing, spring Easter bread baking and then winter salami making. Each season has its’ own focus for our...

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