You should know I’m singing Tradition in my best Tevye voice right now!
The holiday season always makes me think of traditions because that is the one time of that is all about the past. We do the same things for each holiday that we have always done.
My holidays are a mixture of my heritage–a little Italian-American mixed with traditional (my paternal grandmother’s family came over with the pilgrams!) American fare. We have a turkey, mashed potatoes, and regular side dishes you’d see at any American table, but we also have an antipasto that is purely Italian-American and the scent of garlic flavors all of our dishes along with a pasta course that includes lasagna, homemade sausage (my Great Uncle Genaro’s recipe) and meatballs that will make you beg for stretchy pants.
Whenever I visit my cousins in New Jersey I realized how alike we are despite the fact that I grew up in Florida and she in New Jersey. Our grandmothers were sisters and our moms first-cousins. We visited each other a couple of times during our childhood but saw our great-aunts more frequently, so maybe that accounts for this. But we cook the same things for dinner each night, we put our kids first and make them tell us about their day and we honor the past.
I know this isn’t unique to my family but it is what I like the best about my traditions! Tell me about your traditions for the holiday season and one lucky blog participant will receive a $10 Amazon gift card!