It is the most festive time of year! A time when we come together with family and friends for celebrations big and small. Families say good-bye to the old and usher in the new with their own unique holiday traditions. Traditions that create lasting memories with one another.
Below my office-mates share some of their favorite holiday traditions. We hope you’ll share too! Let us know what traditions make your season merry and bright at Facebook and Instagram. Don’t have any yet? Hopefully we can inspire you to start new family traditions that you’ll look forward to year after year!
Hayden – Our family loves going to a pumpkin patch, picking out some pumpkins on a farm and seeing all the animals, buying some local crafts and produce. We go home, start a fire, make some pumpkin spiced drinks, hot chocolate, tea or coffee. Then our family gets to some pumpkin carving; we save the seeds and get them baking and salted quickly while listening to a little Monster Mash we talk about our costumes for the upcoming Halloween festivities. We end the day with some lighted pumpkins on the front porch, along with some spider webs and scary stuff to decorate the neighborhood.
Kelley - My family has gathered each Thanksgiving for the last 20 years at my sister’s home. We always have between 30 and 40 people and it is an unwritten understanding that any family member in a relationship bring their significant other to Thanksgiving. My sister makes a roasted turkey, fried turkey, barbequed turkey, lamb chops and tri-tip. We have mashed potatoes, homemade stuffing, homemade rolls and at least 10 different vegetable dishes. After dinner, we turn on disco music and everybody helps clean up while we dance! The best part is we come back for the next 3 days for more food, games, poker, football and fun. We usually have a board (or mirror) where we write down memories or what we are grateful for.
Shannon – For as long as I can remember, my mom has been making homemade rolls during the holiday season. It started out as just part of the Thanksgiving feast, but soon became a seasonal favorite, spreading to Christmas dinner and any random day in between. The recipe has evolved over the years, but always includes mounds of butter and a day-long labor of love. Now that my siblings and I are grown, my mom has passed the tradition and the recipe to us. We each take turns preparing the rolls for our holiday gatherings each year. With careers and children of our own, sometimes it's difficult to coordinate schedules and travel plans. No matter what holiday plans end up looking like, we can all rest assured that there will be homemade rolls.
Claire – My family goes BONKERS for the holidays! In fact, October kicks off our holiday movie marathon on the Hallmark channel. We have been known to stream movies into the wee morning hours! We love to eat as much as we love sappy movies. Halloween is filled with sugary treats in the form of spider cookies, pumpkin bread and pecan crumble. Thanksgiving is all about turkey and stuffing smothered in gravy and all the trimmings. And we don’t slow down for Christmas – we bring out the big guns – surf and turf on Christmas Eve and honey glazed ham and scalloped potatoes on Christmas day followed by split pea and ham soup for the days that follow. We work off our food comas stomping through the forest in search of the perfect tree, a road trip to the Oregon Garden’s Festival of Lights and a Christmas ski after Santa comes. Oh, and let’s not forget about eggnog with cognac, our winter fireworks show and sushi followed by a tour of lights. We have as many holiday traditions as we do holiday outfits and I wouldn’t want it any other way!
What are your favorite holiday traditions? Share them with us on Facebook and Instagram! Don’t have any? We hope our traditions inspire you to start one or two this year.