I think it's fair to say that the public well of information about what goes on in an average religious family's home before/after a religious holiday is accurately and amply described. Depictions in music, film, television, literature, and the like are abundant -- and abundantly available -- to say nothing of real-life personal interactions with friends/family/neighbors. For example, people of other faiths (and those without faith) understand, generally, that prior to Christmas, an average Christian family decorates their home, purchases/gift wraps their presents, and make their way to church on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day. Catholic families similarly celebrate Christmas with decorations and presents, but might instead go to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. An Italian-American Catholic family may only eat fish on Christmas Eve prior to attending Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, whereas a Polish-American Catholic family might place emphasis on specialty desserts served only at this time of year. So, with that in mind... What's it like for an average family, 'public' members of Co$, before and after an event? Are there any traditional foods or activities? Do Co$ member-family traditions differ geographically? Do Co$ member-families get together with other member-families to celebrate the Co$ New Year's Eve Event - as opposed to regular New Year's Eve? If a Co$ member-family lives in, say, St. Louis, and they go to their local org where video is shown of a Flag event, do they get dressed-up? Cook special foods? Host after-parties? Would a Co$ member-family invite Co$ staff and/or sea org people to a dinner party? JB - Asking because I've never seen anything mentioned here about this. If there's already a link, please let me know and I'll delete this thread.