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Fasting and Abstaining Before the Christmas Feast

Essay finalist in the 2016 ‘Basket of Cheer’ Contest | Grade 10 Many traditions are still alive today because people who value them have passed them on to others. Christmas Eve Traditions One such tradition, largely forgotten in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, is the practice of abstaining from meat on the vigil of an important feast day. Christmas is one such important feast day. For instance, Italians cook the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Though my family is not Italian, we observe this tradition in our own way. My family incorporates several recipes from...

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A Cheery Christmas Eve Tradition

Essay finalist in the 2016 ‘Basket of Cheer’ Contest | Grade 9 A Christmas tradition that my family and I enjoy celebrating is one of blessing, sweets, and family. Every Christmas Eve, my immediate family gathers and begins the night by following a tradition from my mother’s European heritage. Then, we fill the evening with singing, gifts, and family time. In current years, Christmas Eve has grown even more special to my family, because my two older brothers are away at college most of the year. This tradition is one in which I’d love to see more people participate, and...

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