Tag Archives: Holidays

The Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights

Hanukkah is a holiday that holds a special place in my heart. The holiday itself is based on a tale of triumph over adversity, and the celebration of it is steeped in traditions that involve food, song, play and unique symbols. I grew up in an area that had a significantly higher Jewish population than

Fun Fact Friday: Origin of Pumpkin Carving

Did you know that the Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving originated with completely a different vegetable? It’s true? The tradition reportedly began in Ireland, where they would actually carve faces into turnips, to represent spirits or goblins. According to Wikipedia, folklorist Jabez Allies described his recollection of the tradition as follows: “In my juvenile days