It is official: winter is now upon us. Here in Boston we just had the first snow of the season. As winter starts, people of many different faith traditions gather to celebrate various holidays. Starting in early December and lasting into January, these holidays are surrounded with light, which becomes quite scarce at this time of year.
The Society’s Newbury Street home has been decorated for the holidays. Our friends at the American Jewish Historical Society who share our space have included menorahs, dreidels, and Hanukkah gelt to add to the festive atmosphere.
The Museum of Science and Industry has an interesting website that explores different traditions from around the world, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and even Chinese New Year. Christmas traditions from a variety of different countries are presented in great detail. You can read more on their website.
As you gather with family and friends to celebrate your holiday traditions, remember to work on your genealogy at the same time. Talk to family members and ask about ancestors now gone. Discuss the holidays as they were celebrated in earlier generations. And take lots and lots of pictures (which you will, of course, quickly label with the full names of everyone appearing in the image).
No matter your faith tradition, I wish you a wonderful holiday season.