Share your unique holiday traditions!

December 2, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

Beginning last week, and stretching through the next month or so, members of the Michigan Medicine community will be busy celebrating various winter holidays.

Whether your family focuses on Thanksgiving, or goes all out for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or others, these special days typically carry with them traditions that are passed down from generation to generation.

So what are your unique holiday traditions?

For Rebecca Mabie, a call center intermediate at West Ann Arbor-Parkland Plaza, her unique traditions recall her family’s history.

Traditional Fateman cookies.

“As my family heritage is predominantly Scandinavian, we celebrate on Christmas Eve,” Mabie said. “My extended family gathers at my grandfather’s house and eats prime rib. Then we sit by the tree and exchange gifts, followed by unique desserts, including Fateman, Lebkuchen, Springerle, Krumkake, Spritz, Pepparkaker, Pfeffernuese and Spitzbuben cookies. All things that remind us of Scandinavia.”

How do you spend the holidays?

Do you volunteer at a local food pantry? Or do you host friends or colleagues who don’t have any family in town?

Send in your story — along with photos — throughout December and you could win a prize and be featured in a Headlines story once the calendar flips to 2020. Be sure to send the information to

From all of us at Headlines, happy holidays!