Christmas is all about the traditions

free-christmas-vectors-24By Jan Dean

WE may complain that Christmas is too commercial and the holiday season starts earlier every year — but that doesn’t stop us from wanting the same kind of Christmas experience we had as children.
We especially want to create that special Christmas for our children and grandchildren.
Even those who work in Port Dover’s retail sector feel that way.
Corry Lofchick manages the newly opened Vapour Bar on Main Street. He figures he has the best of two worlds, celebrating Hanukah with his parents a month early before they head for Mexico. Then he celebrates Christmas with his American-born, non-Jewish wife, his children and step-daughter.
He is a Christmas enthusiast.
“I love Christmas,” says Lofchick. “It’s festive and everybody seems to be in a better mood.”
He had his tree up before the end of November and was already looking forward to a Christmas turkey with stuffing and all the trimmings, and maybe a lasagne as well.
Lasagne at Christmas may not sound traditional, but it’s traditional in Lofchick’s family and at Christmas, those are the traditions that count. Especially when they taste good.
“Every year my sister gives me Captain Crunch Crunch Berries cereal from Buffalo,” says Lofchick. “It’s my favourite cereal and they don’t sell it in Canada anymore. My kids know that I don’t share my Crunch Berries with anybody.”
Virginia Mitchell who works at Ty-Kobee Tea & Coffee Company is also a huge fan of Christmas and her family’s traditions.
“We try hard to go to a church service on Christmas Eve,” says Mitchell. “Then we come home and open one present under the tree — it’s always new pajamas and we try to get the same colours and themes so our pajamas match.”
Next morning comes a big breakfast to prepare everyone for the turkey feast to come.
“I’m the grandma so I make the stuffing for the turkey and for dessert we always bake a pumpkin pie because it’s my granddaughter’s favourite,” says Mitchell. “Christmas is always a very relaxing day for us.”
Every year Mitchell’s family ‘adopts’ a family in need, usually through a pastor. They buy food and presents for this family and they are delivered on Dec. 24.
“When my husband was alive we used to dress up as Santa and Mrs. Claus to deliver the baskets,” says Mitchell. “He just loved doing that.”
When Mitchell was growing up her mother would pick a day before Christmas so the kids could wash their old dolls and toys and polish their skates so they could be passed on to children in need. At the same time it cleared the way for the new and shiny toys Santa would bring.
That’s a tradition that Mitchell continued with her own two children. Now she lives with her daughter and her daughter’s three teens in Port Rowan. Times may have changed, but Christmas is all about the traditions.

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