Holy Supper is a Christmas Eve tradition from my mother’s Russian Orthodox heritage. We used to celebrate at my maternal grandmother’s(Baba’s) house. As a child, I didn’t care for Holy Supper. After my Baba died and the tradition of Holy Supper was not carried on I found that I missed the tradition. My mother began having it again on Christmas Eve. Three years ago I took over the tradition. Holy Supper is a several course meal. My family has made it a four course meal to accommodate all the picky eaters and to save money. A candle should be lit on the table. The bread is broken and everyone at the table is given a piece. Next you have to eat a piece of garlic. This is for good health. The first food course is the cabbage soup. You must try at least a taste of all of the food. Next is the fried haddock. After the haddock is the pierogies made with butter and onions. We finish with prunes. This year we were unable to find prunes so I put out homemade cookies instead. My Baba would not be happy. When I was a child we had to sing Christmas Caroles while Santa was putting out all of our presents. The meal is finished by putting out the candle. If the smoke goes staight up that means it will be a good year. I can’t wait to share this tradition with our child.