2018 December Newsletter

The Season of Traditions

When I was a younger, my grandmother and I started the tradition of baking for the holidays. This originally meant that I would assist her in the many Norwegian cookie recipes that was handed down from her grandmother. My Grammy, as I called her, saw the importance of handing down a holiday baking tradition that continued for more than 25 years. Grammy and I became closer and as the years went on, our roles started to change, as did the recipes and the additional family members that participated, but one thing has stayed the same, lefsa!

As this year comes to an end, it’s truly a time for celebration and feasting. This is the time of year when many people gather around family and friends to enjoy fellowship. For many people, it’s also a time to appreciate what blessings they experienced throughout the course of the year. It’s important to reflect on the significance of holiday traditions. According to Our Family Tradition, traditions allow us to “create our own unique human experience, allow us something to look forward to, and give us peace of mind and make us happy.”

Author Dixie Somers explains the importance of holiday traditions: “Traditions foster unity in a family. Maintaining a sense of tradition is good because it encourages unity. When people feel like they’re a part of a unit, they’re more likely to feel cared for and that they have people they can turn to. Traditions are a great source of bonding.

Traditions bring people closer together. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of work and various responsibilities. But if you maintain a yearly tradition, such as Christmas Eve brunch or roasting marshmallows and chestnuts over an open fire, it encourages people to come together and get close.

Traditions provide good memories. It’s important to seize these opportunities to get together and spread the love. Happy memories are sweet to look back on, and these memories are also wonderful to cherish when you’re facing a rough patch in life. Think back to a fun time you had in holidays past and try to recreate it. You’ll become inspired to make important traditions that will last for generations. You might even find that you’ll want to continue fun traditions throughout the year!”

In following SME holiday tradition, I would like to invite you and your significant other to the SME Holiday Gala, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at The Country Club of Sioux Falls, starting with a social hour at 6:00pm. The SME Holiday Gala is one of our most popular annual social events.  Members are encouraged to invite their significant other or a guest at no charge to share the holiday festivities with tantalizing food, fellowship and entertainment!  It is an evening that guarantees a festive start to the Holiday Season.

I wish you the happiest of holiday seasons, full of tradition!

Roxanna McKenna, MBA

“I love everything about the holidays: the decorations, the parties, and spending time with friends and family. What I love most is that feeling of giving back. Every bit counts.”

Brad Goreski, American Designer