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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Traditions


posted by Maureen

I was going to do a blog on thankfulness, but then I thought, hey. Let's do traditions instead. Why? I don't know...

The traditions in my family state that everyone will be on the 91 freeway tomorrow crawling to my mom's house. We used to go out the night before until the year it took us 4 hours to fight traffic. Now we sneak out early in the morning and head back early afternoon.

But in the few hours between, we have family time. The TV will be blasting every football game in the known universe. We'll laugh over the same stories, argue over the same points and carefully avoid the subject of politics!

We divide holiday hosting in my family. My sil takes Easter, I have Christmas (I called it first because I was the first to have kids who wanted to stay home with their toys) and mom gets Thanksgiving. Well, mom insists this is the last year for her, so I'm thinking sil is going to take this holiday next year. Fine by me. We'll take the 5 to her place in San Diego instead.

But some traditions remain the same. Mom has to make deviled eggs, because according to my dd, it wouldn't be the same without them. My brother has to have football on, because he's a coach and can't live without it. And I have to make a reindeer cake. I found the directions for it a Looooooonnnnggg time ago and the kids loved it. They fought over the 'antlers' and dipped fingers in the frosting. And now, the reindeer cake is as much a part of Thanksgiving as the turkey.

Traditions are important. They're the glue that keeps your family together. The filling between the cookies. They're what tells us we have history. We share memories no one else does.

So I'm wishing you a wonderful holiday with your families and asking....What's your favorite tradition???

18 Comments:

At 9:56 AM, Blogger Dana Diamond said...

I loved this.

My favorite traditions?

I love deviled eggs too. That's my one cooked contribution for the day. I don't usually screw those ones up.

Other than that, it's just being with everyone and laughing at the table.

Oh! And sneaking stuffing when Mom and DH aren't looking.

And, of course, watching the kids hopped up on sugar run laps around my house.

Thanks for this. Have a great holiday!

:) d

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

I'm with you on the sneaking tastes, Dana. Try to avoid my mom's lightning fast spatula slap (amazing reflexes, still!)

Have a fabulous Turkey day and I hope you win the battle of the flowers! (Don't tell your mom I said so, though!)

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

We used to have a Thanksgiving tradition we like to call "The Guest From Hell." It never failed, somebody would invite a friend who had nowhere else to go and as the evening progressed, we'd find out why they hadn't been invited anywhere else.

One year my brother's girlfriend got extremely intoxicated and managed to swallow her gold crown during dinner. (Happily this was a crown on her tooth, not on her head.) She was moaning and wailing and crying so loudly (and trust me, she wasn't a "pretty" cryer, I'm just saying) that my mother--my extremely polite, well-bred, soft-spoken mother--finally said, "Damn it Sharon, just shut up and wait a day or two. Trust me, it'll show up eventually!"

Oh, there are so many more scary guest stories, but let's talk about food. Besides the usual yummy goodies, my mother makes tomato aspic every year (think Jello made with spicy V8 juice--an acquired taste). There are only three people in the family who will eat it but if she doesn't make it, even the non-aspic-eaters complain because it always looks so pretty on the buffet table.

But then there was the year dad added vodka to the tomato aspic recipe.......

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

LOL Kate......even I might have been tempted by Vodka flavored Aspic. Otherwise, yeesh!

But as to your Guests From Hell, you know...sometimes there's a REASON people are alone!

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger Susan Mallery said...

I am doing the happy dance of joy to be *breaking* a tradition this year. Traveling. Normally I would be packing right now, gritting my teeth at the thought of having to get on a plane and, with 40 billion other people, fly. Then fight the same tired folks back on Sunday evening.

But not this year. I'm home!!!!!!!!!!!! The big trip is about 30 minutes to the s-i-l's house for a yummy dinner.

So instead of figuring out if I can really fit all my liquid/gel cosmetics into 3 ounce containers and a one quart storage bag, I'm looking at all the cool decorations I bought at Target, including a 5 foot skiing snowman who is going on the front porch!

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

Oh Dana, I love deviled eggs, too. Sounds like a fun time at your house!!

And Susan, you must be thrilled to be staying home!!!!!!!

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Oh, Susan, gonna need to see a pic of the skiing snowman!!

 
At 2:50 PM, Blogger Christie Ridgway said...

Reindeer cake? Love it. Must have the recipe.

And deviled eggs are such a good tradition. Can never go wrong with them.

Two traditions we have: we go to the movies while the turkey is in the oven. This can be tricky, but we manage it most years.

Tradition 2: Must put olives on every finger! I buy extra so that no one will go without a olive fingertip.

 
At 3:34 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

LOL, Christie! My dd and ds still do the olive finger thing!!

And I'll post a pic of the reindeer cake.....

 
At 4:02 PM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Okay, late today. Shopping all day for something attractive on my, er, lush body. I did okay, but it did take all day--a tough job and I had to do it. Got some bling, too. Three cool necklaces. I had this big, chunky jewelry period. But that's over. So I got some nice, delicate necklaces--all deals. Yay!

Can you say Creamed Onions? Susan talked me into getting a creamed onion bowl--a kewl bowl for serving them in. Susan, I found it today. So...I'm way thankful for my CRB (creamed onion bowl) as well as for all of you guys.

Maureen. We need a pic of the reindeer cake!

And Dana and Maureen, I love deviled eggs, too. Never get them at Thanksgiving. This could be something I need to work on...

Oh, Kate. Yeah. We had one of those, too. I won't name names. People who are Guests From Hell probably cruise the blogs trying to discover who's outing them...

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Oh, and Christie. I love your movie tradition. I'm bringing it up as an option this year...

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Hey Chris! I was worried about you...=) Glad to hear you were out spending money! Always a fun thing.....and what's wrong with chunky jewelry?? LOL

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger Christyne Butler said...

Thanksgiving is a tough holiday for me as I am really missing my sisters (one in CA, one in FL) and my mom (who is also in FL) and my dad how passed away 7 years ago this week.

I have my husband, my daughter and the hubby's family plans to have dinner at the Elks Lodge and I am thankful for all of them!

Traditions...my family always used to play "Trivial Pursuit" after dinner with my mom usually kicking everyone's butt. One Thanksgiving my dad got in a silly mood and answered "little black Sambo" to every question he got. By the end of the night we were all in fits of giggles and now, when we are lucky enough to be together for the holiday, we plan TP and the standard answer, when we don't know the answer, is "LBS" in memory of dad.

Thanksgiving blessings to you all!

 
At 6:07 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Christyne--Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know what you mean about missing Dad. Mine passed away four years ago and I still expect to hear his booming laugh when I walk into the house!

 
At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY MAUR, YOUR BLOG WAS SO GOOD TONIGHT, I GUESS ITS BECAUSE I KNOW OF WHAT YOU SPEAK LOL.

I HAD A DOUBLE OVEN IN MY BIG HOUSE AND I SURE DO MISS IT, I HAVE BEEN BAKING ALL DAY TODAY CAUSE THE TURKEY WILL BE IN MY SINGLE OVEN TOMORROW, BUMMER.

I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING ALL OF YOU HERE TOMORROW, AND THE REST OF YOU PLEASE ENJOY YOUR DAY
TOMORROW.

SALLYE, MAUREENS MOM

 
At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY MAUR, YOUR BLOG WAS SO GOOD TONIGHT, I GUESS ITS BECAUSE I KNOW OF WHAT YOU SPEAK LOL.

I HAD A DOUBLE OVEN IN MY BIG HOUSE AND I SURE DO MISS IT, I HAVE BEEN BAKING ALL DAY TODAY CAUSE THE TURKEY WILL BE IN MY SINGLE OVEN TOMORROW, BUMMER.

I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING ALL OF YOU HERE TOMORROW, AND THE REST OF YOU PLEASE ENJOY YOUR DAY
TOMORROW.

SALLYE, MAUREENS MOM

 
At 8:22 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Hey, MCM. Happy Thanksgiving!

Christyne, it *is* especially hard missing loved ones on certain holidays. My family lives miles away now. I miss them all.

Maureen, not a thing wrong with chunky jewelry. But I haved plenty of that. So...on to something completely different. ;)

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Oh, and re Trivial Pursuit. Love that game. This year we're playing Cranium. Similar, but with charades and crafts and stuff included.

Better get the creamed onions started.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone...

 

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