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Are You Open To Building New Holiday Traditions For Your Family
It’s almost time for Halloween and then Thanksgiving is just around the corner. When it’s autumn, I’m always in the mood for pumpkin pie, homemade stews and fresh breads. All these thoughts of yummies makes me think about the coming Thanksgiving and Christmas family meals (and all the fun times we have). Our youngest is quite the cook and makes divinity for her Dad on an annual basis. He swears it is as good as his Grandma’s divinity!
I hadn’t realized we were so set in our “ways” as we are until our daughter suggested simplifying our Thanksgiving dinner menu a couple of years ago. I thought might even like to take a trip over the holiday either to the mountains or to the beach. My husband vetoed that with a giant thumbs-down gesture. He wants to be “home” and have the standard fare, our "traditional" meal—nearly the same menu for Thanksgiving and for Christmas. He doesn’t mind helping with the cooking and cleanup so his opinions carry a lot of weight in our family.
Our traditional Thanksgiving menu consists of roast turkey with cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and a modified giblet gravy, a green vegetable, salad, fresh, warm bread with butter, Grandma’s (vegetable) salad, a gelatin/cottage cheese/Cool Whip salad, fresh cranberries, yams and dessert. Dessert is usually Costco pumpkin pie and a homemade pecan pie with cream. Sounds delicious already. Christmas dinner is usually a close replica of the above-mentioned meal with fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls and hot cocoa for breakfast.
It is a lot of work shopping for and preparing the meals and we talked about simplifying at least one dinner by supplementing something like a barbeque with trimmings instead of another turkey and all the rest. So far, we are not in agreement on altering the holiday menu—not even one minor change in fact. So, my question to you is this: Are you open to trying out a new or different way to celebrate a holiday?
The holidays are my favorite time of the year. I cherish the memories sharing time with family, sharing the prayers at mealtime, having the kids with us on Christmas morning to share Santa presents and the smiles on the faces of the little ones. Occasionally I think how much fun it would be to stay at a resort over the holiday and the kids could play in the snow. Quickly I am brought back to home and the memories we make each year right here.
If you have any ideas for enhancing our traditions or you have suggestions on how to ease in some new traditions, I’d love to hear them. If you are in the San Antonio area and would like to talk about family traditions or have an interest in real estate—buying or selling—including questions about selling your home over the holidays, give me a call.
Sharon is a military wife who moved at the direction of the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years, a Federal employee who retired after 30 years of service, an active Broker Associate/REALTOR in San Antonio w....