Many Alaskans and other Americans regard the winter holiday season as beginning with Christmas Eve and ending on New Year’s Day. In reality, the season here in Alaska is rich with diversity and lasts longer, starting with Hanukkah, beginning this year on the evening of November 28, and ending with Russian Christmas on January 7. There are traditional celebrations during this period, some include religious observances, and some are festivals, national days, or food days.
Food plays a major role in celebrating, and often the first thing we learn about are the foods that make these winter events so memorable and special. As families gather to observe traditional practices related to religious beliefs or as they get together for fun and light-hearted activities, the main thing is being together and making memories. And remember, especially in Alaska, “family” is what you decide it is.
We hope you enjoy this winter’s holidays however your family celebrates, and our very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2022 with lots of reading!
In fact, you can get a jump start on your new year reading by joining us for a fun “Read Every Day” challenge beginning in January. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details.