We are slowing marching our way into a season that is rich in tradition and celebration. In a few days we will be handing out candy to all of the scary “trick or treaters,” and not a bit envious of parents who will try to curtail their children’s “sugar highs” before bed. Once Halloween has come and gone we look forward to Thanksgiving with all of the turkey trimmings, family, football and of course naps. Then of course let us not forget “Black Friday!” This yearly retail extravaganza begins the Christmas shopping season. There are many holiday traditions such as children’s programs, caroling, decorating, gift-wrapping, as well as sitting on the lap of the man dressed in red that we enjoy during this festive season. While giving gifts has become popular regardless of any faith tradition, Christians, in particular look forward to celebrating the birth of the baby Jesus in a manger. Both Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are celebrated during this time too and each has their own rich traditions that commemorate their heritage. And last but not least, we end the year by watching the ball drop ringing in the New Year and fresh starts. Each of these traditional events differs according to who we are, where we live and our family heritage.