Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Traditions

Our first major holiday of the year, Thanksgiving is now behind us.  Every family has there own traditions for the day. My family is no exception.

Being immigrants from Holland, my parents did not grow up with Thanksgiving since it is an American Holiday. Turkey was something they were not used to cooking or eating.  Consequently we didn’t have turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce or any of the other traditional items as part of our holiday celebration.  Corn is another thing that never graced our table.  In Holland corn is fed to livestock not eaten by people.  So on Thanksgiving Day we had our own family tradition.  My father always said that on Thanksgiving he wanted to eat something he could be truly thankful for, as a result we barbequed steaks.

Later when I got married my husband and I had to start our own traditions.  Fortunately for me, he wasn’t all that fond of turkey either so my tradition of barbequing steaks continued.  Compromise being the core of a good marriage, I learned to adjust the rest of my menu to include pumpkin pie and occasionally corn.

All in all, it really doesn’t matter what your family tradition is.  The most important part of Thanksgiving or any other holiday is the family.

Does your family have any unique traditions for Thanksgiving?

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