08 December 2014

Cultural Artifacts ... as you celebrate this winter, do you know the origin of your family traditions?

There is a neat infographic about Irish Artifacts created by Murphy of Ireland (a clothing seller). You can access the infographic here.

This got me wondering, if you had to create something similar for another country and/or ethnic group – what might you include?

I was curious about Finland heritage – where ¼ of my ancestors come from.  There is a Wikipedia page Culture of Finland which has a section List of iconic cultural aspects which lists several items such as a Puukko – traditional Finnish style woodcraft belt-knife, Kantele – traditional musical instrument, and more. Another ¼ of my ancestry is Polish and so I found Polish Culture and Traditions a neat read.

Often, when we gather as family for the holidays, including the winter ones, some of our traditions are the same as those of our ancestors.  As you celebrate, think about the roots of “how” you celebrate and share with any youth the roots of those traditions.  Holidays are a great way and time to get the next generations connected with their personal family history while having fun!

If you know of a similar infographic for a different country and/or culture, please share.

Have some traditions that come directly from your ancestors?  We’d like to hear about them!

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Dick Eastman, Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter for letting us know about this.

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