The Rodd family: Steve, Nathaniel, Teddy, Allie and Laurel.
Rodd holidays have global flair and unique tradition of giving
he Rodd family changes with friends. most of their traditions Steve said last year the fambased on the country they ily focused the day on giving to live in at Christmas time. They others. Each person in the family lived in Romania, Hungary and was given a set amount of money France for a total of 15 years, and and was asked to create an expeadopted some of the foods and rience that involved their family traditions. and another family. Without grandparents or other Allie used her money to buy family around, they were free food and invite a family over that to start their own traditions and didn’t have any other family in adopt aspects they liked from town. Nathaniel chose to invite countries they lived in. a family with children In Romania, it is trawho had just lost their “The dition for carolers to go holiday father. He treated everydoor to door. body to lunch at Old Ty“You have to stand out is always mer’s Cafe. Teddy chose in the cold while they about our to repay a family who sing, and then give them helped his family out faith, our had cookies,” said Teddy. while he was in the hosfamily This is their fourth pital last year by taking Christmas in Durango. and good everybody out to dinner. Steve and Laurel both say Laurel bought a goat, food.” that regardless of where two chickens and a wheel they are, “the holiday is chair for a family in Afalways about our faith, our family rica from the World Visions gift and good food.” catalog. Steve decided to buy They have three children: Na- iTunes music cards for everythaniel, 17, Allie, 16, and Teddy, one, and then asked them to each 13. They always spend Christ- choose a movie that they could mas Eve together, attending a watch as a family. church service and then enjoying Everyone agreed that they ena multi-course meal in the French joyed changing the focus last year, tradition of smoked salmon, fin- and they haven’t decided how ger foods, cheeses and breads. In they’ll spend this Christmas. But it the morning, they open presents, will definitely still be about food, and then branch out to spend time faith and family. – Malia Durbano H
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Published on Dec 10, 2012