Speaker: Chuck Lanigan, Writer and Historian
Date: Tuesday, December 10 — 11 a.m.
Chuck Lanigan leads an exploration of holiday stories, traditions, and rituals across cultures. Immigrants past and present brought these to southwestern Pennsylvania, where they flourish among the region’s three rivers. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Chanukah, Chinese New Year, Hogmanay (Scottish New Year) or Festivus for the rest of us, celebrations around the winter solstice abound.
In the 20th and 21st centuries, films such as A Wonderful Life, television shows such as A Charlie Brown’s Christmas and songs like White Christmas have become common holiday denominators.
In response to increased social mobility, and other changes, many people have developed their own unique rituals and ways of celebrating. Chuck will cover little-known facts and invite the audience to share their own holiday stories, and the creative ways they have honored the past while affirming the present in their celebrations.