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Linda Hesthag  Ellwein

Communications, Change, and Photography, Oikonomia, Inc.

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How do you celebrate this season? What are your rituals, traditions and foods? Tell us about yours from around the globe or around the block

Our TED community spans the globe, with a myriad of religions, traditions, rituals, foods and ceremonies. Many of us celebrate holidays this time of year. How do you and your culture celebrate...and what do you most appreciate about your family or community traditions. What is the story behind your culture's traditions?

As online communities deepen, I'm sometimes at a loss for how to meaningfully share the spirit of holidays and other significant events with those I experience connection with here. Perhaps hearing how we celebrate, and what matters, will allow us to see and understand more about each other in our online community.

Or, if you're inclined, share a personal favorite memory or story of the holidays.

Happy Holidays, One and All!

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    Dec 19 2011: It's a bit of an odd tradition, but on Christmas Eve (December 24) my family eats waffles by our Christmas tree. (Which has to be a real tree - mom's insistence. No fake trees in our house!) I came up with the idea when I was going through my American Girl Doll phase around age 9 or 10.

    My siblings and I also still abide by the "Santa Rules" I oh-so-wisely created as the older sister around the same age. On Christmas day, we all go downstairs at the same time and check out what 'Santa' left us in our stockings, then move on to the presents under the tree. No one's allowed to look at the tree until after the stockings have been emptied.

    A lot of our traditions are based on having fun and creating an aura of excitement around the holiday. My parents raised us with a lack of religious influences, so even holidays like Christmas are more about family, friends, and fun memories. Some may not approve, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.
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      Dec 19 2011: I love it, Cassidy! I have goosebumps running up and down! It made me smile to hear about your American Girl Doll phase and its influence. Sounds to me like you are a very 'oh-so-wise' older sister :D I love that you cannot look at the tree...and I'm laughing imagining you ALL going down the stairs together. How sweet that is!

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