Superstitions! Whether my parents really believed in the superstitions they passed down to us or not, I’ll never know. But what I DO know is that they still stick with me today – more than sixty years later.
To this day I can still hear my Mom saying: “Nancy, if you put your shoes on the table they will pinch your feet.” So, the other day, after returning from DSW Shoe Warehouse, my husband didn’t understand my yelp as he placed that box of shoes on our dining room table. Yes, some superstitions from my childhood still follow me today even though I am well aware they can’t possibly be true.
Along with that comes the traditions I grew up with. You see, I am 100% Polish and was raised in a VERY ethnic neighborhood. Polish customs were part of my everyday life, especially at this time of year. One of the traditions I remember very clearly is the oplatek. It’s a Christmas wafer with a religious scene imprinted on it. Every Christmas Eve we would sit at the table, break off a small piece, hand it to the person next to us and offer them health, good luck and great fortune for the upcoming year. It was a sweet gesture filled with smiles and friendship and love.
Do you have any customs that have been passed down from generation to generation? Are you creating new ones of your own? What do you hope your family and friends will remember in the years to come? Now that I’ve asked you those questions, I need to take a look at my own holiday celebrations. What can I create so that sixty years from now my friends and family will remember me – just like I remember my family sharing the oplatek. Thanks Mom and Dad.