In the United States our ancestors have come from many places, and for a variety of reasons. In this article I will concentrate on European Christmas, with a strong emphasis on Western Europe, as a group of heritages to be incorporated into our Christmas celebrations.
People often identify with their roots, the customs and traditions of their ancestors. There are many things we can consider, but for the sake of having a reasonable length article I will concentrate on the Santa Claus figure, albeit by many names.
Having a Santa Claus, or whatever he is called in your heritage, that represents your family history is an excellent way to keep the customs of your ancestors present today.
Of course, different food is important, such as the seven fishes dinner of Sicily, or the bringing food and drink to the poor as the Normans do, are important, and can also be considered. And inclusions of santons in Nativity displays might be a practice worth repeating. To properly handle these would require a multitude of articles.