Holiday Heritage
'Tis the season to find out where your family traditions come from—and how to incorporate some new ones.

Every family celebrates the holidays a little differently. Some light candles in the window; others wait for a costumed man bearing gifts in a sack. Between the annual mad rush to the mall, cookie baking and party preparations, have you ever stopped to think about why your family celebrates its special traditions during the winter holiday season? Or about how your forebears celebrated the holidays? You might be surprised what you can learn about your family history from the rituals and routines you carry on year after year.

2016 Holiday Calendar

DEC. 4 St. Barbara's Day; gift markets open in Germany