Heritage students have many unique ways to celebrate the holidays. As winter break nears, students eagerly await their holiday traditions, from latkes to egg wreaths.
Ellie Fajer ’19 bakes latkes with her family every year. Latkes are fried potato pancakes and also a traditional Jewish food for Hanukkah.
“Normally my mom makes the majority of them and the rest of us help, but it can be awful when you just continuously get burnt by splattering oil. We all eat them a lot though,” says Fajer.
Another student who happens to be a big fan of winter holidays is Owen Haley ’18. He celebrates Christmas Eve with Thai food, and Christmas Day with several varieties of lasagna, including meat, vegetarian and alfredo. The Haley family also participates in a less well-known holiday: The Burns Supper.
“The holiday takes place on January 25 and celebrates the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns. The evening consists of poetry reading, kilt wearing, and eating traditional Scottish foods and whiskey―but not for the kids,” says Haley.
Caitlin Hearty ’18 joins in on quite a few Christmas traditions, with both sides of her family. She spends Christmas Eve at her grandparents and extended family, doing a Secret Santa gift exchange that they call “Kris Kringle.”
“After that, we get our stockings that my grandma knits for everyone. Then, we go home and read an Irish “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.’ On Christmas Day, my other side of the family plays a big football game,” says Hearty.
Bryce Bonner ’19 has a family tradition that originated in the 1930’s, starting with the cookie cutters that his grandmother used ever since she was a little girl.
“When my mother had my brother and me, my grandmother gave these cookie cutters to her. We use them every year to make my wonderful grandmother’s gingerbread cookie recipe,” says Bonner.
Kristen Sholes ’17 and her family celebrate the holiday season with a white elephant gift exchange that has a few added quirks.
“Basically you find the weirdest thing you can for under $5. Some of the weird things have been in the family forever. We always have a wreath made out of eggs that gets passed around,” says Sholes.
Although there are many different traditions and practices, each is unique and meaningful in its own way.