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Sun., Dec. 15, 2013, 7:18 a.m.

Holy-day traditions

“Traditions of Christmas” runs through Dec. 23 at CdA’s Kroc Center.
“Traditions of Christmas” runs through Dec. 23 at CdA’s Kroc Center.

As the ads for “stuff” continue to inundate us with shopping messages, it is easy to be consumed with consumerism. However, we can find our own ways to celebrate the holy holidays.

Yesterday we celebrated “Friends-giving.” We gathered with our friends of 30 years (and endless life events) to share food and memories and laughter and our “what’s next?” hopes for the future. We call ourselves “chosen family.” We have buried loved ones, survived disease, celebrated children’s rites of passage and loved each other through it all.  We like our Friends-giving celebrations.

Traditions link us to our past – people and places and our very selves. What are your traditions that define the holiday season? 

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