Mi Familia

Family traditions are what really matter

In most cultures, food is a big part of gathering. Around the holidays, food is often involved but family traditions are what really matter

I grew up in Queens, New York, and one of my fondest memories is going to Manhattan to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, waiting in line with excitement to look at the window displays in the big department stores and simply being in the midst of all that Christmas excitement. I can’t even remember that we ate anywhere specific, ice-skated or shopped for toys. It was the sheer excitement of heading into the heart of the city as a family and walking the bustling streets.

This has become our tradition that we’ve tried to continue with our kids over the years. There have been years missed and changes made, but we still enjoy these visits to the Big Apple.

This past December, it was a simple trip. We visited with my 81-year-old aunt and 94-year-old uncle, who had prepared a traditional Spanish stew, “sancocho.” Did I mention food is a big part of traditions? We talked for hours, listening to them reminisce about how they met and relate their 55-year love story.

We then headed to Manhattan, where my son, Kai, enjoyed riding the train and walking through the city, watching light shows, visiting The Tree and buying trinkets of his own, as well as snacks from food carts.

It’s easy to get sidetracked during the holiday season, but it inspires me to know that although times change, families are still getting together and creating memories that will last through the generations.

Looking back over the 2016 holiday season, are there traditions you have and ways you come together with family and friends? I hope this new year is off to a great start for you! From my family to yours, here’s to a blessing-filled 2017! 

Denise Wayman, Credit Union Regional Operations Manager, leads the banking services team. She provides leadership for coordinating the banking services provided through the Everence Federal Credit Union offices in the Lancaster area. She and her husband, Marty, have three children. They reside in Lancaster City and are active members of In the Light Ministries. Denise enjoys supporting her sons in their musical activities and Cub Scouts. She volunteers in a number of ways throughout Lancaster but particularly enjoys providing meals to those in need. Contact Denise at denise.wayman@everence.com or call (717) 653-6662.