For many people, one of the best things about the holiday season is its predictability. Considering the pace of change in modern life, it can be reassuring to pull out the same decorations, cook up the same treats and visit the same people as you did last year. That is, to immerse yourself in holiday tradition.
But, what exactly constitutes a tradition? Turkey for Thanksgiving, menorahs for Hanukkah, trees for Christmas—what else? Holiday celebrations vary widely across the country. What seems ordinary in one place may seem unusual, or even a little odd, in another. For example: