WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 168 family matters on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Or maybe you made rugelach with your bubbe or gathered with your relatives to light the Kwanzaa candles. In most cases, when people get married, they bring together two different ways of celebrating the holidays, and those should be shared. One mother of three compares her childhood to that of her chil- dren. "When I was growing up we either made or bought gifts for each other from a very early age. But my boys don't view presents as the highlight of the holiday season. They like all the events: our Traditions vs. Gifts But the holidays are about more than gift giving. Goodman meets with her elementary students during the season to discuss what's hap- pening at home. "We talk about family traditions and I try to under- score that everyone is different. When one child is looking forward to getting an iPad and another is hoping for a new pair of sneakers, the conversation can get difficult," she explains. "So I try to steer my stu- dents away from talking about what they want to how they celebrate, since families tend to have special holiday rituals." Creating family traditions — whether it's going to the Prudential Tree lighting, making latkes on the first night of Hanukkah, or having a family feast on the last night of Kwanzaa — is where the real magic lies. You might remember one or two special holiday gifts you've gotten over the years, but you're more likely to remember what you did as a family. Maybe you watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year, or went Traditions You Can Start n PARTICIPATE in Luminary Night (a non-denominatonal holiday celebration in Wellesley) n OPEN advent calendars in December n ADOPT the Elf on the Shelf n ATTEND the Prudential Tree Lighting n CHRISTMAS carol in your neighborhood n ATTEND Christmas Eve mass n MAKE a gingerbread house n BAKE holiday cookies for your neighbors n ATTEND the Holiday Pops n ATTEND a production of the Nutcracker n DECORATE your house (inside and out) with garlands, wreaths, and lights n DECORATE a Christmas tree n LIGHT a Menorah n MAKE latkes n PARTICIPATE and/or attend a Nativity play n ATTEND the candlelight services at Trinity Church in Boston n ATTEND a Messiah sing-in n MAKE homemade wreaths n WATCH holiday movies n MAKE homemade eggnog n START an ornament collection from different places you've traveled n MAKE homemade ornaments with school photos n HOST Yankee swap on Christmas Eve instead of buying for everyone n CREATE Secret Santas in your family n LEAVE milk and cookies for Santa n LEAVE carrots for his reindeer n CELEBRATE the holidays the way your ancestors did "family and tradition" D A R R E N B O V I E

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