Parenting: The power of holiday traditions

December 3, 2010 7:37:33 AM PST
Wednesday night, on the first night of Hanukkah, we had our annual family Hanukkah dinner, complete with chicken soup, brisket, potato latkes (pancakes), donuts and more. There were 11 people at our table - my immediate family, along with my 90 and 92-year-old parents, my brother, sister-in-law and nephew, and my son Jason's girlfriend. It was a night of gifts - and I don't mean the presents.