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Family Traditions

Christmas Eve Chili Dinner

A few years ago, my mom invited everyone over for a chili dinner before the church service on Christmas Eve. Because my mom's chili isn't my favorite, I volunteered to make my own. I've been…

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Christmas Family Traditions

EACH YEAR, my mom hides small framed pictures of each of her grandchildren on her Christmas tree. On Christmas Day, the kids have such a good time searching for their picture-perfect gift. And we…

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Christmas Traditions

WHEN I was growing up in Minnesota, Mom would open our home to many friends and family on Christmas Eve. After having our fill of her steaming Chicken Wild Rice Soup, crusty bakery rolls and a…

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Easter Family Traditions

Grandma Gert introduced our family to Swieconka (sh-vee-en-soon-kah), the Polish tradition of blessing Easter food. On Holy Saturday, Grandma, Mom and I would head to church, our picnic baskets…

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Easter Traditions

EVERY EASTER, Grandma would bake and decorate big Italian cookies in the shape of eggs, bunnies and baskets. She and Grandpa would tuck them into baskets for all of us kids to find at their house…

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Fall Family Traditions

I don't let autumn come and go without a trip to a local apple orchard with my two nieces and sister-in-law. We take a hay ride into the orchard, pick until our baskets are overflowing, then stop…

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Family Birthday Traditions

I purchased a plate with "Happy Birthday" painted on it. On each of my son's birthdays, they get to eat off of this special plate for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I've even toted it to…

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Family Christmas Traditions

ON CHRISTMAS DAY, my siblings and I and our families gather at our parents' house and take part in the Polish custom of sharing "oplatki", a thin bread wafer much like the unleavened host at Mass.…

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Family Easter Tradition

WHEN our kids were younger, we took them to our city's annual egg hunt the weekend before Easter. The Chamber of Commerce would disperse decorated eggs and assorted candy throughout the city park.…

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Family Easter Traditions

When I was a youngster, we celebrated Easter by "eppering". These were contests to see who had the hardest egg. To play, you cupped your egg in your fist so that only a small portion of each end…

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