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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Holiday Traditions – What are Yours?

Unless you live under a rock, it’s hard to not realize that the holiday season is here. Every year, it seems that the retail world pushes the holiday season up just a little more. This year I started seeing Christmas commercials on November 1. I was shocked to also see Santa at the mall this past weekend. Wasn’t he supposed to arrive after Thanksgiving?

Seeing Santa and all the holiday ads in early November got me thinking about traditions. According to dictionary.com the definition of a tradition is: “the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice.” Traditionally speaking, Santa in my mind, arrived during the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and then stopped at malls across the countries. Guess the retailers see this tradition differently.

The holidays are filled with traditions. One may argue that the idea of eating turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie is a tradition in and of itself. For many, watching football is a holiday tradition. Sometimes traditions are started not as traditions but as something fun to do, but then are looked forward to year after year, so much so that they become tradition.

A few of the more unique traditions I’ve heard about for Thanksgiving include:

  • Participating in a local walk/run before the big meal
  • Making gingerbread houses the morning before indulging

What traditions do you observe during the Thanksgiving?  Or do you do nontraditional things? Share your thoughts here and have a great traditional or nontraditional Thanksgiving holiday.

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