Place Like Queens For The Holidays
There seems to be a direct correlation between
a drop in the temperature
and a lift in spirits as the holiday season
Sure, Baby, it’s cold outside, but that
means that the traditional holiday
season is approaching. Budgets may be tight,
but thoughts of joy, peace and
brotherhood are never in short supply this time
Of course in Queens, with our mixed traditions,
not everybody celebrates
particular religious observances at this time
of year. That doesn’t stop them
from celebrating alongside all our Queens neighbors.
The beauty of our borough
lies in the diversity of our people.
Come explore with us some ways that we celebrate
in Queens, regardless
of individuals’ religions or cultures.
And also see how, when times are tight,
there are ways to celebrate the holidays –
even if on a shoestring budget
– while helping support Queens businesses
and the cultures that make us
years, that which stands out in our lives –
celebrations, defining moments, great people and
family events – becomes the history that
defines us. Over time, that evolves into a set
of traditions, whether it is what you do at home,
with friends or as a culture.
Take Dear Old St. Nicholas, for example. Nicholas
of Myra was a Christian archbishop who is said
to have put coins in the shoes of children, to
aid the needy and to do wondrous acts of charity.
Over the years, his story morphed into what is
commonly known today as Santa Claus.
In the reliquary of St. Nicholas Church in Flushing
lie the relics of Nicholas, the man, but do nothing
to diminish the legend and tradition that has
evolved of the “Jolly Old Elf” he
has become in fable.
If people, family and culture, over time, create
tradition, then it would be safe to assume that
traditions unique to Queens would evolve. We hope
to have highlighted some in these pages, and we
know that the everchanging population of our borough
will continue to make our holiday traditions better,
brighter and more festive as we enjoy life, family
and friends in this great borough.
– From all of us at the Queens Tribune.
Tribune Photo By Ira Cohen