My Christmas Tradtion
If you don’t know by now, I am Jewish and my husband is Catholic. Neither of us are very religious but the traditions of my religion are ones that I am very proud of. We agreed that when we married we would celebrate both sets of holidays and raise any children we had as Jewish.
I can throw a killer Hanukah party and fill the eight nights with some great family traditions and stories, but when it comes to Christmas, I really have nothing to bring to the table.
What you may or may not know is that my son is adopted. It’s a really great story and I will write about that one in January. I bring it up now though because it explains the one Christmas tradition that I started 9 Christmases ago and still follow.
Christopher Radko and The Dave Thomas Foundation issue an annual Adoption Ornament. Christopher Radko ornaments are just so beautiful to me. Old fashioned, detailed glass in the tradition of pre-war glass decorations. In fact many of his ornaments are from original pre-war molds. Somewhere along the way I’ve even picked up a Radko Dreidel ornament. With each purhcase of the Adoption ornament, 10% goes back to the Dave Thomas Foundation.
If you’re not familiar with Christophre Radko, take a few minutes and read about the company’s history.
So this, the Adoption Ornament is the one tradtion I’ve been able to contribute to my husband’s holiday. lame though it may be. Our tree will now wear 10 of these beautiful ornaments. And it’s one that I can pass down to my son in whatever way he chooses to use it.