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Roots Day

December 23 is Roots Day! Roots Day is all about celebrating your heritage and learning about your ancestors. With the holidays in full swing and many returning to their homes to spend time with their families, it’s the perfect time to find out more about your genealogy.

Ironically, the origins of this holiday are unknown, but that doesn’t mean yours have to be! Delving into your family’s lineage can be a long and interesting journey. You may find out things you never knew before or piece together what you already knew. You may discover that you have relatives from distant and exciting places, or even that you are related to famous historical figures. Often your family tree may branch out several times before coming to a dead end. You may even find that someone else in your family has done the same research you have.

Though a family tree may seem like a clean-cut way to look at your genealogy, it misses some connections your relatives may have and the complex and various ways your family is connected. Your roots, just like the roots of a tree, are tangled and reach deeper than you may ever know. This holiday season, ask your older relatives questions about your family’s past. Stories that are glossed over or untold could come out and you may end up learning more about your family than you would ever know just by connecting the lines in your family tree.

Today, celebrate the underlying connections – your roots – and the history that made your family what it has become!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Punchbowl, Sister Disco

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Festivus Pole

Frank Costanza: Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.

Cosmo Kramer: What happened to the doll?

Costanza: It was destroyed. But out of that, a new holiday was born…a Festivus for the rest of us!

- “The Strike” episode, Seinfeld

And that is how Festivus was born…Actually, it started with Dan O’Keefe’s, a writer on Seinfeld, father, who found the holiday in a book that was published in 1966. The O’Keefes celebrated Festivus from then on, and the holiday ended up on Seinfeld when O’Keefe shared the holiday with the other writers.

The Festivus celebration  includes a feast consisting of any food other than standard holiday dishes. Rather than decorating a tree, those who celebrate Festivus set up an unadorned aluminum pole. Then there’s the pre-dinner Airing of Grievances (when you tell everyone all the ways they’ve disappointed you that year) and the post-dinner Feats of Strength (which is basically a wrestling match of sorts.)

Learn more about Festivus celebrations and traditions by clicking here.

Sources: festivusweb.com, whatisfestivus.com
Photo Source: Matthew Keefe CC-BY-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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