Holiday traditions found at Cabrini

By Katie McNulty
December 3, 2004

As the holiday season quickly approaches, many students look forward to going home and spending time with their families. Growing up many people over the holidays have celebrated certain traditions throughout their lives. They look forward to continuing these traditions to remind them of the great memories.

Students at Cabrini college reminisce about their traditions with their families and express their excitement about Christmas break.

Jackie Creighton, a sophomore education major, looks forward to continuing her family’s tradition of picking out their Christmas tree.

“Every year my mom’s side of the family and I go up to the mountains and chop down the perfect Christmas tree. This is something that we have been doing since I was a little girl and I will probably continue doing this in the future when I have my own family,” Creighton said.

Victoria Nicodemo, an English and communication major, celebrates the seven fishes, an Italian tradition that has been going on for many years.

My dad goes out on Christmas eve and buys seven different kinds of fish and cooks them seven different ways. The seven different fishes represent seven different Gods,” Nicodemo said.

Many religious traditions are common during the holidays. Dr. Lillian Sigal, a religious professor at Cabrini college, reflects on her Jewish traditions. “I celebrate Hanukkah every year. It begins when we light the Menorah. This symbolizes the struggle the Jewish had to overcome for religious freedom. We eat potato pancakes fried in oil. The oil represent the oil to like the candles,” Sigal said.

Tradition is what makes the holidays. If it was not for the famous tradition of Santa Clause, children on Christmas morning would not wake up early in the morning and run to the Christmas tree to see what gifts they received for Christmas.

Continuing tradition is very important because it makes the world diverse and demonstrates the different cultures and heritages throughout the world.

Posted to the web by Shawn Rice

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