What kind of traditions hold your family close during the long Maine winters? What has come to be known as the “holiday season,” corresponds with North America’s winter time. Perhaps you have introduced your children to the rituals, practices and foods of the cultural and religious heritage of your family through celebration of Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa. That turning of autumn to winter marked by the Solstice may be an important time to find stillness, togetherness or merriment for your loved ones. Or perhaps, simply celebrating the winter weather is dear to you and yours. Do you have a custom to accompany the first snow? The first trip to a sledding hill or ski center? If you are looking for some new ideas, check out these resources and community events:

Some ideas for December traditions at home:

Family-friendly community events at Allen Ave UU Church:

Family-friendly Portland area events to explore:

Hanukkah:

Please be in touch to share your traditions, celebrations and suggestions of community events.

As we enter December, the topic of worship and religious education for grades 1-5 will turn to Hope. Wishing you love and hope as the nights grow longer and the weather colder and sharing the gift of a favorite quote, “Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.” – Martin Luther

Carolyn Barschow, Director of Religious Education