Christmas Traditions: Lasting Impressions

Every year Mom and Dad spend the early hours of our Christmas Day preparing the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and everything else that makes up such a great-tasting meal... and it is worth every moment that I spend looking forward to it. Sitting down around the table with the whole family to eat a delicious meal, reminisce about the past year, talk about what may be in the coming year, and ultimately to create lasting memories.

I find it rather interesting that food contributes to a huge part of triggering the memory – I’m not sure what that is all about, but I do know that Christmas 2006 was no exception - I was so embarrassed at the time…

Andy & I had only been dating for a month and half when I invited him to join our family for Christmas. He had already met everyone there was to meet previously but it would be the first time we attended a family gathering, as a couple. Christmas Morning finally had come, Grandma and Grandpa were there to enjoy the gift exchange, and Andy arrived as soon as he was able. It was a great morning; the turkey & stuffing filled the house with such a rich fragrance, so much so, that we could practically taste it. The table was being prepared for us to gather around as a family to enjoy that much-anticipated meal. Everything was going perfectly... that is until I took the platter of turkey to pass along and ended up spilling it all over Dad's lap... in front of my boyfriend! Oh no! How could this possibly be happening!?! I really have no clue what was going through everyone’s mind in that moment, but I do know, without a doubt, that I was completely embarrassed and didn’t know if I should laugh or cry; I now laugh along with my husband - I guess spilling turkey on my dad’s lap didn’t scare Andy away but it sure left a lasting impression & the family does not let me forget that particular moment... ever. We managed to clean up the mess, salvage our turkey and enjoy it with some of Mom’s Stuffing… Thank goodness it wasn’t left in the turkey to be served because that could have been quite devastating. I may be biased, but really, she does make the best stuffing – a recipe handed down from her mother, my Grandma.

Once the Christmas meal is over and the kitchen/dining room is cleaned up we all head to the living room to visit, check out our new treasures, and perhaps play a game or two. The important thing is that we are all together because the greatest traditions start with families who spend time together and hand that down to the next generation.