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Italian Family tradition

I asked Mae her earliest memories of traveling to Chicago to visit her extended family, she responded: “My great- great grandma moved to the U.S. directly from Italy so obviously they had a really Italian family and they ended up living in south side Chicago. She owned chickens, and every Sunday she would go into… Continue Reading »

Christmas presents & Christmas stockings tradition

My mother has established a very specific way that we do Christmas presents and stockings in our family and it goes as follows: Stockings are opened on Christmas morning only with our immediate family (extended family waiting in another room) and takes place sitting on my parents’ bed in our pajamas. We would then go… Continue Reading »

Friendship Toast

When at a large group dinner with many friends all drinking and eating, Lizzie offers a toast: “There’s good ships and wood ships and ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships so cheers to you and me” After she gave the toast, I ask when she uses that particular toast: “I… Continue Reading »