All posts tagged: holidays at home

Keeping Memories Alive with Tradition

Growing up my grandmother was very guarded about her life. In fact, it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I even realized that my grandmother had grown up in the Jewish faith. That’s kind of on me, too, because she had a big curio cabinet with all kinds of trinkets and had a mixture of Christmas and Hanukkah pieces in there. She also had this hand-stitched piece hanging in her kitchen, which is now waiting to go up in my own in her memory. But yeah, my grandmother never spoke to us about growing up in her faith. Ever. My parents were both brought up in different Christian sects and chose not to bring us up in any — which I’m sure I’m not an anomaly here. When I got older, my sister and I would ask my grandmother if we could celebrate traditional Jewish holidays with her. She would usually just say maybe and leave it there. I realize that was probably a big ask and a lot to carry for one person, …