With the holidays coming up I thought it would be fun to get an insight into holiday traditions in peoples homes. I want you to share a tradition, event, recipe or quirk that you or your family does or aspires to do during the holidays, whether those holidays be Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, or whatever you celebrate! Given that this is a food blog I am especially interested in recipes, but anything will do! Pictures are a plus! Bonus points for Thanksgiving, as I need all the help I can get with that one - as this year my American mother-in-law, brother's girlfriend and her mother are coming!!!
This one actually made me think pretty darned hard.
Because we're Jewish, our family traditions are a little different than many, I would expect. I do enjoy the spirit of the holiday season and the melodies and the decorations, and I love to share them with others ... we just don't have them in our home.
First and foremost, there are the candles. This is the menorah (called a hanukkiah, actually) that I have used for many years. This is how it will look on the last night of Hanukkah, when all nine candles (for the eight nights plus one helper candle) are lit:
Our second family tradition is going to the movies on Christmas Day. It is a big deal with four of my children (J-bear is with her mom on Christmas, so she doesn't enter into it) and the Wonderhubby to pick out just the right movie to see that day. In past years, we have seen "Kate and Leopold" (uh, don't bother), "The Chronicles of Narnia" and even "Dreamgirls." This year we're thinking more along the lines of this:
or even this:
And thank goodness the Roo-girl is over 13 and much more worldly, so we don't have to do this:
Her brothers (and her mother) thank you!
My last offering for my holiday traditions is one that is mine alone, one I don't share with my family, but one that I look forward to all year long:
A Starbucks eggnog latte
*Please, no comments about the calorie and fat content. I know, I know!*
*edited to add: I altered some of the wording to make it clear that I know we have rockin' traditions, but they are DIFFERENT, not not traditional, which was my original poor word choice.*