Traditions give us a sense of place and history. They're what bind us together and remind us of special times of the year and the people we love who gather together. Whether your customs are more customary or unusual, celebrating them makes every holiday feel like home. And in honor of them, here are some favorite traditions from our Fair Harbor family and friends.
Sophie Miller, Operations Manager:
My grandmother sewed our Christmas stockings when we were kids, and we still use them. Even though we're all older, the stockings still get stuffed. They each have our first initials and a unique character: Santa, an elf, and a snowman. Mine has Santa Claus because I'm the firstborn.
Andrew Lee, Director of Technical Design:
My family celebrates Chinese New Year, and there are a lot of traditions for it. We usually have a hotpot "reunion dinner" on New Year's Eve to welcome everyone home. On New Year's Day, we wear red clothes to bring good fortune for the rest of the year and hang a good-luck banner across the main entrance of our family home. We're also not allowed to sweep at all during the New Year celebrations, or we might "sweep the good luck away."
Caitlin McGilvery, Director of Merchandising:
Our family hides a pickle ornament on the tree every Christmas Eve, and whoever finds it first gets to open the first present.
Kyle Harbin, Accounting and Customer Operations Manager:
I grew up in South Carolina, so on New Year's Day, we had to eat a meal of collard greens, black-eyed peas, and pork for prosperity and good luck. I still do my own version and send my mom a photo every year.
Caroline Danehy, Co-Founder of Fair Harbor:
Our holiday tradition is reading "Twas The Night Before Christmas" each Christmas Eve. Something about reading that book keeps the magic alive and immediately transports you back into childhood. It wouldn't be Christmas Eve without it.
Jake Danehy, Co-Founder of Fair Harbor:
Our family also always goes to Lusardi's, our favorite Italian restaurant in our hometown, on Christmas Eve. It's a very special place for us. Our family has celebrated all of our major milestones there, and our mom actually went into labor with the three of us at Lusardi's!
Sandra Nygaard, Director of Editorial and PR:
The movie "Elf" has been big in my house since my son was little. So we have a life-size cardboard cutout of Will Ferrell from the movie that we hide all over the house when family visits for Christmas—in the closets, guest bathrooms, the pantry—you name it. Elf always manages to startle people. On Christmas morning, we pose with him for photos.
Allie Wightman, Chief Operating Officer:
As a kid, we ate artichokes on Christmas Eve and put a blanket out in front of the TV to watch Christmas movies. Artichokes are notoriously difficult to eat, but my favorite part was getting to the center and dipping the heart in melted butter. I still carry on the tradition with my family.
The FH Team:
In addition to decorating the office tree with ornaments from each team member, just this year, we began a new tradition: a team-wide white elephant gift exchange where we unwrapped gifts and strategically stole or had them stolen by other colleagues (per the rules of the game). It was a lot of fun and in the end, everyone seemed to end up with what they wanted.