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Just like our approach to marketing, the team at Savoir Faire incorporates sparks of the traditional as well as bytes of digital into the holiday season – hence this post (and our recent social media photos of Manchester, New Hampshire’s infamous “demented Santa.”)

As the holiday season is crazy-busy – one of us has an infant and another a brand-new puppy – we look to 2020 to celebrate in person together. Then, we’ll share our holiday adventures from 2019. In the meantime, we reflect on holiday traditions past and present:

Amy: “We have two Christmas trees – one that is ours and one that features all of my mother’s ornaments. I inherited them after she passed away. We celebrate Christmas morning under her tree and that’s where Santa leaves his gifts. It’s how we keep  her spirit alive on Christmas day.”

Amy's mom's Christmas Tree

Ben: “I’ve traditionally always had Christmas at my parents’ house. As a child, our tradition was a family Christmas Eve party with games and food. Then, Christmas morning was stockings, breakfast and then presents under the tree. Later in the day, there was a family dinner, typically with turkey but sometimes we would switch it up. That was the tradition for my entire childhood. Now that I have a son, we will start a new tradition with him.”

Janna: “For Christmas eve, we celebrate with my mom’s side of the family, and they are Sicilian. We observe the tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Italian-Americans on Christmas Eve observe a fasting day, abstaining from meat until the feast on Christmas Day, hence the seafood. We serve something from the sea in seven different ways. For example: Shrimp cocktail; anchovies, sardines and herring as part of an appetizer plate or bruschetta; crab dip; calamari in the pasta sauce; main dishes of baked haddock and breaded/baked jumbo shrimp;  calamari salad, etc.”

Kristen: “The one thing that we always make sure of since we have had kids is that we are at our house Christmas eve for the boys to sleep, so that they wake up in their own beds on Christmas morning. The morning is always full of opening presents, followed by a big breakfast and then we go on our merry way throughout the rest of the day. We have the battle every year: white or colored lights on the tree? I tend to win on that one. White always!”

Amy's mom's Christmas Tree

Stephanie: “One of my new traditions, since 2016, is making ornaments for the tree from pictures of me and my husband’s travels together. We’ve got ornaments from the wedding, our honeymoon, Iceland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and now Seattle!”

Corey: “On my Mom’s side of the family, the adults drew names on Thanksgiving to determine which family member they would get a gift for on Christmas. Once you turn 16, you’re an adult. My generation is all above 16, and a few years ago, it seemed like everyone was just exchanging gift cards, so my cousins said, “Let’s do something different.” A Yankee Swap or Rob Your Neighbor game ensued. I happened to be home (St. Louis) that Christmas, and I got to participate in person. It was hysterical and created a lot more family togetherness than opening a gift card from Amazon. My sister received an odd gift from her (soon-to-be) ex-husband – pair of garish, gold heels with four-inch gold spikes on the front. She scoffed at these “hooker shoes,” but decided they would become his Yankee Swap gift. Our uncle’s girlfriend was the unlucky picker of those shoes that no one stole. She was miffed but it generated hundreds of laughs around the room . I’ve lived away from home for 11 Christmas’ now, but my partner and I still participate in Rob Your Neighbor whether we’re there or not. The narcissist in me coupled with the high demand for a personalized calendar of photos of me helped me decide that all Rob Your Neighbor gifts from me would feature my face on them. They’ve ranged from glass cutting boards to a life-size standee of me and my partner. This year, it’s throw pillows for the couch. You’re welcome, family.”

Savoir Faire has some traditional and non-traditional surprises already set for the new decade – so stay tuned for exciting things!