There has been nothing normal about this year, and the holidays are no exception. We all find ourselves missing gatherings with extended family and friends and are trying to fill the void. Remembering holiday traditions is a great way to celebrate the season, and remind ourselves of what the holidays mean to us.
We all have memories from holidays gone by, and many of us have continued these meaningful family traditions as we’ve grown. This year, we decided to ask our team what kind of memories and traditions they hold dear, love to remember, or just bring a smile to their face during the holidays. We hope you enjoy them, and we hope you enjoy celebrating or creating some memories of your own – it is still possible – even in a year as strange as this one!
I think most people traditionally pull out their Christmas decorations the weekend of Thanksgiving. I’m not sure if that was always the case for us, but I loved when mom would take out the ornaments and tell me about each one; ‘Aunt Lyn sewed these, Grandma Barbara gave me this one, you made this when you were 4, and so forth. I will always enjoy hearing the story behind each one and I hope I can remember them all when it comes time for me to tell my daughter!
My mom always decorated, put on music, wrapped presents, and generally made Christmas special for my childhood. As an adult, I learned how much work that is, and now our holiday tradition is to try and give her a worry-free Christmas by doing as much of that work for her as possible. Then we get to enjoy it all together, without taking advantage of her! This usually involves a lot of wine as well.
We have sausage gravy and waffles for breakfast on Christmas morning. Every year, for over 40 years, the waffles have been made in the same waffle iron. It originally belonged to my Dad’s grandmother.
A.J. Litwin – Wine and Beer Team Member
My family holiday tradition is watching the 1982 animated film The Snowman, an adaptation of the eponymous picture book by Raymond Briggs. When I was a small child, I found a stuffed animal of the Snowman in a toy store & begged my mom to buy it for me. She hesitantly agreed (I had plenty of toys as it was) & it became my favorite stuffed animal I ever owned. I brought it everywhere with me- like Linus & his security blanket from Peanuts. I still have the stuffed animal; now threadbare, its beaded eyes chipped away & the emerald green dye of its hat & scarf well faded. Watching the short film always reminds me of the magic of the holiday season & makes me thankful to spend meaningful time with family.