The sister I never had was in the NY Times this week! Follow this link to read about traditions and how food is a big part of them. Nena is on page 2 of this article.
It sometimes feels strange to me that I cannot keep my parents traditions alive with my own children since I cannot cook most of the foods my family enjoyed while growing up. I guess our traditions are try something new on holidays and make them together. Laugh if they fail and savor them when they work.