Tasty Traditions

Tasty Christmas Traditions

Shopping for Christmas can be tedious especially when you are impatient and have trouble waiting.  This Christmas I thought I would use my time wisely and make the waiting in line seem shorter.


I tried to stir up conversation with people in front of and behind me in line asking them what they remember about Christmas past, what’s been kept as tradition in the present and what they look forward to in the future.


People were very receptive to the questions I asked. 


Christmas past was about a gift they received, how much they missed a relative, like Nana or Grandpa, or a gift they gave to a loved one that was much appreciated.  Some told me of disasters like the dog ate the goose, or they forgot to turn on the oven.


Christmas present was all about traditions from the past that were cherished, kept and hopefully passed on.  How they strung popcorn Christmas morning, ornaments on the tree, mistletoe, a Christmas Carol, or the whole family meeting in church.  Something from the past they loved and clung on to.


Christmas future was about their children…their safety, happiness, health, etc.


The one thing Christmas past, present, and future had in common was food.  Everyone remembered a special food that mom, grandma, or an aunt made.  The cherished recipes have been passed down from generation to generation, perhaps a rich chocolate cake or a honey glazed ham.  For my family, that is shrimp bisque.  I might make a different meal, dessert, and sides but the shrimp bisque remains.


Why don’t you write to me and let me know your favorite food.  If you have lost the recipe, I will send one to you.  It might not be exact, but I will do my best to come close. I know how important those tasty traditions can be and would like to help you carry them on for many Christmases to come.


Enjoy your Holidays and May God Bless All of You!