Tag: traditions

Yule: The Winter Solstice

Like most Americans, I grew up with Christmas traditions including a decorated tree with presents underneath, stockings stuffed with goodies hung on the mantelpiece, wreaths hung on doors, a yule log, and of course, Santa Claus sneaking down the chimney on Christmas Eve. And, like most Americans, I never questioned where these traditions……


On the outside looking in

Looking back on my life, I realize that I have lived as an outsider for a large portion of it. I have spent many years living among people of different cultures, who speak different languages and have different customs and traditions from myself. I used to think this somehow made me more worldly……