Thursday, June 7, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy: Family Traditions

The prompt for Week 23 of 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, from Amy Coffin at We Tree, and hosted by Geneabloggers, is:

Family Traditions: For which family tradition are you most thankful? How did the tradition start? Which family members have been responsible for keeping the tradition alive and how has it shaped your own family history?

A family tradition that was started by my parents, Paul and Joyce (Parker) Orshoski, is that the Paul Orshoski family would have their main family Christmas celebration at lunchtime on Christmas Day. This allowed for everyone to be able to attend the festivities on the "other" side of the extended family on Christmas Eve. We used to have our own quiet dinner early on Christmas Eve, and then get our best church clothes on and attend Christmas Eve church services, where all the school age children in the family had to say a "piece." I can recall memorizing verses, and repeating them just as fast as I could, so I wouldn't forget a word!

Another tradition in the Paul Orshoski family was the annual Christmas photo card, sent to family and friends both far and near. Through the years, our loved ones could see the children grow and change, and those old family photo cards are still a treasure to our family.

Today, some of us now send out digital photo cards via email or Facebook, and not all the members of our multi-generational family can make it to the big Orshoski family gathering at lunch time on Christmas Day. The tradition still stands, and I can honestly say that except for a couple times when illness kept me home, I have been with members of my Orshoski family every year. The memories are bittersweet, as now our parents are gone, but there is always a spot at the family table on Christmas Day for our ever-growing family!

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