Thank you to Hickory Farms for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.
**UPDATE** The giveaway is now closed. Thank you!
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and this year’s is going to be different than any we’ve ever had before.
We’ve had lots of different kinds of Thanksgivings around here. We’ve celebrated with extended family at a cabin in the desert with no running water. We’ve spent some here in Colorado, with just our family of four…then five…then six. Before I had kids, I worked on Thanksgiving a few times.
But this year, we’ve got lots of people coming over. Thirteen, to be exact. Two of them are new to the family this year — both my brother and my sister have gotten married since last Thanksgiving and this is the first holiday we’ll all be together. I’m going to the airport five times this week. I can’t wait.
So all of this has gotten me thinking about holiday traditions. We had some growing up, of course…and now that I have kids we still do some of the old ones, and we’ve added some new ones.
On Thanksgiving, everyone old enough to stand up makes something for dinner. Some of us have our “usual” dishes — Dad’s in charge of the mashed potatoes, my brother has to make his cranberry relish. Some of us like to experiment every year. One of my boys is making “a pumpkin cake” — his original idea was to get a yellow cake mix and dump some pumpkin in there, but I’ve convinced him to look up a recipe first. I think.
We have Christmas traditions too, of course. Growing up, we always had oyster soup for Christmas Eve dinner…now my husband usually makes a chili and everyone opens one small present before bed.
And I remember carefully counting out all the money I’d saved up for Christmas presents every year, heading to the mall with my mom, and shopping for everyone in the family. I also remember, every year in the same spot, the Hickory Farms store at the mall. That’s how I knew it was Christmas-time.
Because I am an elderly lady who grew up in a time before the Internet, my kids know that you can now shop for things like Hickory Farms and…well…just about anything in the entire world online instead. And so I’m guessing some of their memories growing up are going to be a little different than mine. Browsing online, trying to find gifts for everyone, instead of traipsing down to the mall.
In a little while, I’ll head back to the airport to pick up my brother. And we’ll come back and dig into the Hickory Farms Belgian Truffles, assuming there are any left, because chocolate is a
n obsession a tradition among my family (chocolate can be a tradition, right? I think every one of our family occasions involve chocolate. Also every other day of the year.)
That’s the thing about traditions. They may change a little here and there as they get passed down, but the idea behind them remains the same. Family. And love. However they end up looking, they’re good traditions to have.
And now the fun part — I’m giving away a Hickory Farms box! It includes two kinds of tea, the aforementioned Belgian truffles, assorted jams, shortbread biscuits, and two white chocolate pretzels. To win, just comment below with your own favorite family tradition (winner will be announced on December 1, the gift will be shipped to you by January 31, 2016. U.S. residents 18 and older only, gift cannot be shipped to a P.O. Box.)
Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.
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