Christmas gets the most ink during December, but it’s not the only winter holiday. There’s Dawali (India’s festival of lights), Kwanzaa (an African-American celebration of ideals), Hanukkah and even Festivus (the Dec. 23 holiday celebrated in an iconic episode of “Seinfeld.” During our Nov. 29 Twitter party, we celebrated those non-Christmas family holiday traditions, long with the foods, the travel and the fun they entail.
Do you celebrate a winter holiday other than Christmas? Would you?
@breaduh: No, we don’t. But yes, we would.
@kimorlando: I would love to celebrate the holidays in Sweden or someplace that calls Santa St. Nick.
@DebMomOf3: Yes, celebrate Hanukah too. My dad’s family is Jewish, so I’ve always celebrated both Xmas & Hanukah.
@kymri: We celebrate New Years – that’s a winter holiday, isn’t it?
@worldshoppe: We celebrate Xmas, Hanukkah and started celebrating Kwanzaa so the kids learn there is more to celebrations than Santa.
@samke23: Of course, Festivus!
Do you travel over the winter holidays? Where? Why?
@lovelimes: Yes, to be with family.
@kimorlando: We do not travel during the winter holidays – too much $$ but would luv to go some place warm!
@gaynycdad: The only traveling we do is from Manhattan to Staten Island, it is like traveling light years away!
@justicecw: Sometimes we drive to Indiana to see family but this year we will be at home
@finntannermom: No we are always out of vacation by now!
@MissingLynxx: Not much traveling in winter – hibernating 😉 Luckily family is close
@worldshoppe: We don’t travel over holidays (much as I’d like 2 + have discussed with hubby). R parents would kill us.
How do you teach your kids about other religious/ethnic celebrations?
@dmorey01: Show them by taking them to see it.
@mellanhead: That everyone is different and deserves respect, if we were all the same what fun would that be?
@finntannermom: I am agnostic but raising my kids as free thinkers we try to read them stories from all the celebrations.
@xstitchschool: They hear about them at school and from their friends.
@justineickes: Incorporate other traditions in ours. We make Diwali lamps w/paper bags + votive candles.
@blandrews13: We answer any questions they have and let them know that not everyone celebrates the same way.
@anneatcsuite: I also have this great book from when I was a kid, Christmas in Many Lands! Love that I have something “old” to share!
@mommyniri: Tree is up and I do Diwali too. Why would anyone want to celebrate less?
What’s your dream cultural holiday vacation?
@lovelimes: I would love to go somewhere tropical and see how they celebrate the holidays.
@mnsixofus: Going to Norway to visit dear friend and partaking in her family traditions.
@justprecious: Explore the small towns of Italy to explore local culture.
@_royalresorts Any new culture to know & explore sounds good to me! I’d love to travel to India
@ramblingstump: I would love to take my kids to a Nouroz celebration in Iran.
@WeekendInParis: Dream Cultural Vacation already happened, went to Israel & hubby bought my diamond engagement ring 21 years ago!
What do you want others to know about your family/religious holiday traditions?
@kimorlando: Not ALL country folks eat oysters on New Year’s Day! But we do like our black eyed peas, cabbage & corned beef.
@mnsixofus: Really just that being with family and friends is important and remembering why we celebrate.
@deniselao: We party on Christmas Eve, and open the presents at midnight.
@lovelimes: That it’s about Jesus, not just presents!
@1Dad1Kid: That not everyone celebrates Christmas so sensitivity to that is greatly appreciated.
@WeekendInParis: That when we say, “Merry Christmas” we mean that we want you to share in our joy for life, even if it’s not yours.
@anneatcsuite: Our tradition is NORAD Tracks Santa. A great way for kids to watch Santa travel the globe and learn about the world!
@ramblingstump: I’d like folks to not think it’s weird that I am a 29yo who still throws carrots out for Santa’s reindeer!
What foods do you prepare for your cultural holiday?
@deniselao: Filipino foods: lumpia, pancit, lechon, and, of course, white rice.
@lovemykeiki: We prepare a huge brunch with Portuguese traditional foods and oven pancakes with fresh fruit.
@judy511: Latkes (potato pancakes) and applesauce.
@anneatcsuite: My mom bakes nighty nights…egg white based cookies with chocolate chips. Put on aking sheet, put in oven and say “nighty night”.
@Indie_Wife: I’ve been starting my own tradition of gorilla bread for Cmas morn. I think culturally it would be the classic turkey.
@mnsixofus: Lots of candies but also pulla. It’s a Finnish sweet bread. So yummy!
@kimorlando: Southern cornbread stuffing, cranberry salad, choc pie and yes, I know I owe some peeps a recipe. Promise.
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And please join us next week when we share lucky and unlucky travel stories in a TMOM Monday Twitter party sponsored by Travel Guard.
Past Twitter Party Fun
Read the sometimes hilarious (don’t miss the ideas for flight attendants uniforms if there were family-only sections on planes or the great ideas for honoring the military) recaps of our previous TravelingMom Monday Twitter parties:
Nov. 22: Eat Pray Love
Nov. 15: Thanksgiving Fun, Food and Travel
Nov. 8: Honoring Veterans
Nov. 1: We Love Our Parks
Oct. 25: Lucky and Unlucky Travels
Oct. 18: Trading Klout for Travel Upgrades
October 11, 2010: Discovering America
October 4, 2010: Karate Kid
September 27, 2010: Electronics on Vacation
September 20, 2010: Uber Fans
September 13, 2010: Packing Tips
September 6, 2010: Family-Only Sections on Planes
August 30, 2010: 3-Day Weekends
August 23, 2010: Back to School
August 16, 2010: Travel Rage
August 2, 2010: Cooking on Vacation