Christmas

Myles Hopper

There are still a few candles yet to be lit for Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. And even when the last menorah candle is out for the season, there will be plenty of Christmas trees and Christmas lights to illuminate the darkness.  Both lighting traditions add up to a bigger picture for writer and Lake Effect essayist Myles Hopper.  He offers his “Five-Step Guide to Surviving December.”

Step I. Complain.

flickr, spacejulien

I went to France for Christmas this year. My son and his petite amie (girlfriend in French) live in Normandy. I had been taking French lessons at L'Alliance Francaise of Milwaukee, but I was terrified to actually speak to a French person in France.

5 Christmas Traditions with Centuries-Old Origins

Dec 6, 2013
Steve Wilson, flickr

We take for granted that Santa Claus and Christmas trees are symbols of the Christmas season, but there are other traditions with lesser known origins.

What exactly is a sugar plum? How, in fact, do you go "a-wassailing?"