December 11 - Other Traditions Did your family or friends also celebrate other traditions during the holidays such as Hanukkah or Kwanzaa? Did your immigrant ancestors have holiday traditions form their native country which they retained or perhaps abandoned?
We went to a parochial school run by our church, so most of our traditions focused around Christmas. However I had a neighborhood friend who was Jewish and he invited me into their house during their holidays. Although I never celebrated any Jewish traditions with him, he and his family took time to explain many of them to me. His dad always said that “Jesus was Jewish”. He was one of best friends all the way through high school, and a multi-sport teammate of mine.