#SOL16: Traditions

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.

The menu:

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!





14 responses

  1. For me, the holidays mean snacking on Grandma’s cheeseball. I made 3 batches, rolled into 12 balls, on Sat to give as gifts to the neighbors and friends. I’d give YOU one if only you lived close by. Enjoy family over the holiday break!!

    1. Sally,
      I can imagine that cheeseball made with love and following Grandma’s recipe.

      I was blessed to have a fabulous three day weekend with many family members and many more days and fun times ahead!

      Happy holidays to you and yours! ❤

  2. Chanukah is all about lighting the menorah and I’m happy to light mine and Tuvia’s much older one with family! Foods will be delicious and deep fried- potato pancakes and jelly donuts. Ugh… My stomach is reacting even as I write.

    1. YUM! Sometimes it’s those once a year foods that are so memorable!

      Happy Holidays! ❤

  3. Our tradition is the “best breakfast of the year”. We always gathered at my mom’s, but now that she watches over us from heaven, my youngest brother and his wife host us- then in mid-afternoon, there is a swap as we leave, and her side of the family comes in!
    Most of us migrate to my other brother’s home, and we finish the day with a lasagna dinner. Family time is the main dish of the day.

    1. Oh, I love “Family time is the main dish of the day.” PERFECT!!! ❤

  4. When my parents were alive tradition for us was a big meal with family and friends after midnight Mass. Being Eastern Rite Catholics, we could not eat meat or dairy products during the day on Christmas Eve. However, after midnight Mass we partied – ham, kielbasa (smoked being my favorite), city chicken, and of course all of the go-withs. Of course, the best part was just being together. Merry Christmas, Fran.

    1. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

  5. My mom was raised a French-Canadian Catholic. Christmas always means pork tourtière.

    1. Oh, Adrienne, I just saved that recipe. It sounds Fun and Yummy! Happy Holidays! ❤

  6. We always go To my aunts house 🙂

    1. Oh, what fun! So nice to have relatives to visit at the holidays! ❤

  7. We always open our presents as a nuclear family during Advent. The kids are more apt to pause and enjoy each moment. And it gives us a chance to pause each week during the crazy that is December. Also, I found an Egg-Free Breakfast bake I’m very excited about! And a broccoli cheddar soup that didn’t separate! Yahoo!

    1. Kendra,
      It sounds like you have found ways to “pause” time and enjoy the family moments. Time seems to fly so being present and enjoying it all is critical.

      A broccoli cheddar soup that doesn’t separate almost sounds like a miracle!

      Happy Holidays! ❤

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