Nationality Holiday Traditions
was diverse before that term became a buzz word. Early immigrants to the
city primarily came from Europe, while today's immigrants come from all over
the world, making the city a proverbial melting pot. When new arrivals
settled here, they were faced with a dilemma--how to assimilate yet retain a
connection to the culture they had left behind. One way to preserve their
heritage was to continue Christmas and Hanukkah customs.
Unlike homogeneous societies where everyone in the country celebrates in
the same way, Pittsburgh celebrates the season in as many ways it seems as
we have potholes. As we explore some of the various nationalities and their
traditions, it will become apparent that they are not static. Some remain
the same, some have been modified, and some have been merged with other
cultures. How one family celebrates may be vastly different from their next
door neighbor. If you go to an Italian home on Christmas Eve expecting to
feast on turkey or ham, you may be surprised to learn the house has been
transformed into Red Lobster because they serve so much seafood. If you are
hoping to open presents on Christmas Eve, as the Germans do, while visiting
in a Greek home, you may have to wait until January 1st.
'Burgh Buddies: Christmas Story
kids and their parents were shopping at the mall on a Saturday afternoon
when they saw a line of children waiting to meet Santa Claus.
A new adventure began the next day at the Carnegie Science Center, which was
like a second home to Grant. He was really excited to share all he knew
about science with his friends, but the most impressive part for them was
the miniature train display.
Pittsburgh's Medical Pioneer:
Dr. Thomas E. Starzl
Sometimes when genius is in your midst, you fail to
appreciate it fully. It often takes time to realize the
magnitude of another person's accomplishments. That is
how it is with Dr. Thomas E. Starzl. Those who lived in
the area while Dr. Starzl was making breakthrough after
breakthrough in transplantation surgery, almost became
accustomed to his innovations. But when we take a step
back and look at the man's career now, it is astonishing
what a mark he has made on the medical community, his
patients, and the world.
Through his pioneering work in liver transplantation
surgery, Dr. Starzl has rightly garnered the name, "The
Father of Modern Transplantation." Although Dr. Starzl
gained the most fame for his accomplishments while in
Pittsburgh, Starzl's work in transplantation began years
Working Wonders for the Poor in Haiti McMutrie Sisters
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who
when they see a need, talk about doing something to
satisfy it, and those who roll up their sleeves and
actually get to work. Pittsburgh sisters Jamie and Ali
McMutrie are of the latter stock.
For nearly 14 years, the McMutries, who hail from Ben
Avon, have been working in Haiti to better the lives of
the people living there. Jamie, 33, had always wanted to
work with children, and in 2002, she took the
opportunity to go to Haiti and fell in love with the
place and the children. In 2006, sister Ali, 25, joined
her older sister.
"I was 15 the first time I visited Haiti, and it
completely changed my life. I knew after I graduated
from high school I was going to Haiti," said Ali. "It
was unlike anything I'd ever seen. My family was always
helping people, taking in kids, but even though the
poverty was so much worse than anything I'd ever
experienced, these kids were like kids here. I just
connected with them."
See our Ten Favorite Views of Pittsburgh
favorite places to photograph, record or paint Pittsburgh - in other words,
the following are places that provide a great city view.
Travel along with us and take a
of the city we love!
We Think Pittsburgh is Positively the Best!
What is Popular Pittsburgh? It's a celebration
of our city, and of you, the people that make Pittsburgh
great. Because of you we're known as the City of
Champions and America's Most Livable City. It's
your die hard work ethic and neighborly ways that bring
the true gold to the Golden Triangle.
This is where we welcome the world, and remind some
Pittsburghers, of the city they only think they
know. Yes, Pittsburgh is world class hospitals and
universities, bleeding edge science, thriving museums,
and a center of culture and the arts, of ballet and
symphony so sophisticated our most discerning
international visitors take note.
We are the City of Champions.
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