English Beginnings

Traditional Beginnings

In spite of the hardships that we endured growing up in those times, my immediate family as well as my extended family was a very close group of people. My ancestors, for as many generations back as anyone could remember, had lived either in Liverpool or in the surrounding counties. Because of these deep ancestral roots, so many traditions were passed down from one generation to the next. Growing up during the war years, I was keenly aware of the importance of family and the importance of learning the traditions of so many generations that came before me. It was very important to my parents for me to learn and appreciate the traditions that they held dear.

Since leaving England in my twenties, I have lived in Japan and now in the United States since 1970. Sometimes it is difficult to pass on and show the importance of the traditions that I hold so dear. However, I am lucky enough to have three children who enjoy many of the nuances that I learned in England and they want these traditions to live on in our family even though we now live in the United States. My youngest son now has friends who visit with him at certain special times of the year. They always seem so fascinated at some of our family’s way of having a cuppa tea in the afternoon or other things that in their word are so “typically English.” In England, Christmastime is a very special holiday. When friends visit our home for Christmas they often have so many questions about the traditions that they see our family enjoying. I first started jotting down the reasons behind out customs a few years ago to help explain our traditions. My notes quickly turned into a small book and that book has now grown into this website and an audio CD. I have worked hard to design a program that will help you add a bit of English tradition to your Christmas season.

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