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Keeping traditions alive

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Christmas is a time for traditions and one local family has a Ukrainian Christmas tradition going back a decade.
Stan and Delores Sklepowich have been hosting a large supper on Ukrainian Christmas Eve for family and friends for the last 10 years.
“Averaging anywhere from 15 to 20 people at supper,” Stan said.
With the restrictions in place because of the pandemic, the Sklepowich’s could not host an in-person supper this year, so they did the next best thing.
“We experimented with Zoom on Dec. 25, so we decided we wanted to keep the tradition going with the same people. So we did it via Zoom on Jan. 6,” Stan explained, adding the supper began simply as a way to celebrate Ukrainian Christmas.
“Just basically to celebrate it with friends.”
This year’s celebration included 16 people. After the meals were cooked, they were packaged and delivered, Jan. 5. Everyone connected on Zoom for the meal the next day.
“It went well. Very, very well. Everybody appreciated it and we appreciated them co-operating,” Stan said.
Stan was pleased to be able to keep the tradition going in spite of the pandemic.
“There’s a way you could get around COVID. And we were all safe,” he said.

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER
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