Holiday Traditions

Try to keep some tradition alive on important days. If you are at a loss to remember them, make your own traditions. Repeat them on those special days and they will be looked forward to and cherished.

Do you pay attention to traditions that go way back in your family?

It seems an important part of my family to keep a hint of what was once our roots, our heritage. It’s what has made us who we are and we cling to just a bit of our past in this ever changing way of life.

One tradition that we keep is one that only began about 50 or so years ago so you can’t really say it began with my Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors. Around that time my sister-in-law shared with me one of her many great recipes, the one for nut bread. It has graced our holiday tables ever since. My daughter and I make 7 or 8 loaves before each holiday and when our families go home they each carry a loaf of the precious bread. That’s part of our tradition, too. I have included the youtube video  of our bread making and my other daughter’s blog with all her yummy food.

There are other traditions, older and more dear that we revere and try to hold on to. In my next blog I will share how my Pennsylvania Dutch ‘freinshchaft,’ family or kin,  made their own special Easter eggs.



A Kindle Book

Have you ever taken a journey into the past? It gives you a new appreciation of where you are today.

My eight books on Kindle include  MILE AND A HALF, a children’s book, but also a book for the young at heart. It is historical in nature, depicting the life on the canals, their purpose, and their colorful past. Being a resident of a ‘canal town,’ I have often walked the towpaths where mules pulled the barges. I have ridden in a replica of these barges, though now remodeled to carry the passengers who are trying to get a glimpse of the past.  It is a serene ride, surrounded only by silence and the click of the mules’ hooves on the stony path as it transports us on the seamless water.

Here is a blurb from the book.

Growing up in a canal lock house was bad enough, but having a school teacher step-Mom was more than he could stand. Josh hatched a plan after reading Mark Twain’s book about a prince who wanted to see what the rest of the world was like. His adventure took him away from his lock house to unfamiliar places. Like the prince in Twain’s story, he began to look at home in a completely different light.