HOLTVILLE — Tucked away in a small cul-de-sac here, resides a close nit multi-cultured neighborhood that comes together every year, despite their differences in religion and customs, to celebrate the holiday season with a soup party.
“It takes a village to make things happen and we have a village in our neighborhood,” president of the Barbara Worth East Owners Association, Janet James said.
The annual event brought out 30 families to the celebration, each bringing an array of goodies from traditional Mexican styled tamales, to desserts and a variety of soups.
“We have people from all around here; we have Swiss, we have Jewish people here, but all in all it’s the whole neighborhood. They’re our neighbors,” James said.
Held in the homes adjacent to the Barbara Worth Country Club and Golf Resort, this year’s party host Mark and Frankie Weil, discussed their reasons for continuing the annual tradition.
“We are a unique neighborhood and it’s just good to be together during this time of year,” Frankie said.
This year’s party began a week before Christmas and a day after Hanukkah, as the group hoped the date would allow everyone time to participate in the holiday fun.
“We used to hold the party on Christmas Eve, but it became difficult to have everyone together when most people go with family or out of town, so we moved it,” James explained.
The night ended with neighbors sharing stories, recapping their years and filling their bellies with delicious food, as they celebrated the meaning of the holiday season.
Staff Writer Celeste Alvarez can be reached at 760-337-3442 or at email@example.com
Join the discussion and add your comments to this story! Scroll down or click here and tell us what you think.