With finals out of the way, senior co-hosts Monica Freeman and Gina Geliche are looking forward to their final semester at Finlandia. Along with their final semester, Freeman and Geliche are excited to be home for the holidays to dive into their favorite Christmas traditions. Unmentioned in the podcast, the duo recorded the episode in the Hoover Center, which used to house the president and his family. Currently, the Hoover Center is where the president’s office is located.
To start the podcast, Freeman and Geliche discussed Christmas traditions that they are participate in, as members of the Servant Leadership House. Each year, the house members watch some sort of Christmas special, in previous years it has been Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, while most recently it has been the Saturday Night Live Christmas Past. Freeman mentioned that she has seen the skits so frequently, that she can quote them word for word. The SL House also decorates for Christmas, putting up a tree that was donated to them. Along with the tree, the House hangs stockings, which they have oodles of. While the house already had stockings when the first group moved in, each new member of the house receives a stocking for Christmas. The house currently features over 20 stockings.
Moving on to personal family traditions, Geliche discussed an old Italian tradition that her family partakes in called the Festival of the Seven Fish. Long story short, the festival uses a lot of salted fish that is eventually fried. Freeman and Geliche than moved on to discussing Christmas cookies and gingerbread houses, and the physical struggle of making cookies that look presentable.
One of Freeman’s favorite traditions is putting her family’s tree up, a job that she has been in charge of since high school. Freeman stated that her family’s tree can’t go up until after her dad’s birthday, which is in early December, but the tree normally goes up after Freeman comes home for the holidays. Geliche’s family has a tree for every room, and each tree is decorated differently. Freeman and Geliche also discussed their mothers’ nutcracker collections, which take up some real estate in their homes.
Geliche brought up more Italian traditions with Saint Nicholas Day on December 6th and La Befana, who delivers presents to Italian children on the eve of Epiphany. As Geliche describes, as the wisemen past through to see Jesus, they meet La Befana, whom they invite to go see Jesus. Turning down the invitation at first, La Befana changes her mind and decides she needs to bring gifts, so she packs up toys and heads off to see Jesus, leaving toys in children’s shoes.
To wrap up the year, and the podcast, the Lion Around team would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays. Subscribe to the Finlandia Podcast Network on your favorite streaming service to see what Lion Around, and the other FinnU podcasts, will discuss in the new year.
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