It began with a text.
“What should I fix to take to the the Ruth pot luck dinner? What do you all vote for?”
“Julie said buffalo chicken dip.”
“What for a snack at the hotel?”
“Fruit? Like a fruit tray? To be healthy . . . And because your grandson loves fruit!”
And the menu and shopping lists were created for the first weekend of holiday celebrations for 2016. Because of the extreme cold and the miles to be traveled, the shopping occurred in multiple cities and over time.
A tradition . . .
Family members returning home choose the menu.
Once upon a time . . .
My first paid publication was a $3.00 check for writing and responding to a call for a favorite Christmas dinner memory in the Cappers Weekly. My younger siblings were not as excited as me. My favorite menu was that of a college student hungry for some home-cooked food. (And yes, I had to “cook” it myself! But that was a small price to pay for choosing the menu.) Christmas with Mom’s extended family was typically the Sunday before Christmas and then a snack or two at Grandma’s after Mass. Our plans for Christmas on Dad’s side of the family depended on which day of the week Christmas fell on. Christmas this year was a day at home. What a treat! However, this was my first and only “choose your own menu” holiday treat.
Fried liver and onions – golden brown
Mashed potatoes – used to build a dam on the plate
Stewed tomatoes – warmed, thickened, and held in place by that potato dam
Asparagus – my favorite vegetable
Dessert – gooseberry pie
What traditions do you and your family have?
What traditions do you continue? What new traditions will you begin?
Happy Holidays and Enjoy Your Time with Friends and Family!
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PS. If I were a betting person, I’m sure that some of my siblings were checking out the Christmas candy BEFORE dinner even ended! But not me! I wonder what those same siblings remember from that day!