Articles Tagged - christmas

12 Days of Traditions - Day 5: Ruth Raftery

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

First, the entire day was a strict fast day. That meant no meat or dairy was allowed.  The Supper consisted of 12 foods (no meat or dairy), symbolic of the 12 Apostles.  Foods included Kesalicha (a thick soup made with oats – that my cousin and I referred to as wallpaper paste), pierogi some with cabbage inside, some with prunes, sauerkraut, potatoes, lima beans in a brown gravy, peas in a brown gravy, Lenten bread, mushroom soup, fish, garlic cloves and salt. As a kid, it was the worst... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 3: Chrissy Giamanco

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

One of my favorite holiday traditions is one that our family looks forward to each year. It is not my personal family (Giamanco) tradition, but rather one that developed when my brother married his wife in 1982. My brother was in the Navy stationed in Virginia Beach and spent several weeks and months out to sea. During that time, funds were limited, so my sister-in-law started making Christmas ornaments to gift to our entire family. It started the first year, became her family tradition, and she has be... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 2: Taylor Kolbeck

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

Let me preface this by saying I love the holidays. Everything from the tree, music, lights, food, and most of all family. I even love Christmas movies. Not just any Christmas movies, but the B-rated ones with bad acting that they play on the Hallmark channel on the weekends. I think my love for this time of year comes from my grandma who I will reference as Nana from here on out, as she is way too cool to be just a grandma. While our tradition may not be unique, it is one that I hold dear in my memories. M... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 1: Andrea Saenz

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

My personal traditions include kicking off the holiday season as early as Thanksgiving. I join my church in collecting items that would make for a great Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, even including a Turkey! We put it all together and deliver each basket to families in need. Below is a picture of some of the baskets we were able to put together. DUring the month of December, I gather with my church to put on our Santa Hats and hit the streets! We set up a stand and give out hot chocolate, coo... read more.