Okay, we all have our holiday traditions and I surely have mine. We do not all celebrate the same holidays, so our choices might in some cases be different, but not entirely . . . aside from one. It seems there’s always somebody who feels compelled to make a green bean casserole and quite honestly I just do not understand the attraction. Seriously! Maybe part of this, for me, is that I’m not as drawn to canned goods as prior generations and maybe some of it is that I . . . . well, I don’t like green bean casserole. There, I admit it.
I hate to say it, but I also don’t care for creamed onions. I don’t even understand them. Seems everywhere we celebrated Thanksgiving when I was a kid was surrounded by creamed onions. To make things worse, the onions themselves? They came from a jar! They didn’t look that much like onions. The texture wasn’t quite right for my taste, and sadly on some occasions even the simple cream sauce came from another can or jar. Sad!
I admit, some traditions I do enjoy. I like to watch the parades on TV. I like to watch the football games. I also spend part of my Thanksgiving afternoon or evening with holiday music playing and putting up a few, not all mind you, but a few Christmas decorations. I enjoy having friends and family around. Even doing the dishes and other cleaning up is more fun when there’s the noise and confusion of being with folks you love.
I remember when I was a kid, I had to start thinking of my letter for Santa. I also remember my sister Kathy got the annual Christmas catalog out and wrote down what she wanted complete with page number and item code. I personally liked to leave some of the decision making up to “Santa” since I loved being surprised. I still do. Silly to some but I enjoy surprising folks with something they’ll really love and not necessarily think of. I guess I hope I’m not the only one who feels that way.
Holiday traditions . . there are so many. I recall Mom always baking tons of treats and while she doesn’t anymore, I still do. For years I’ve enjoyed getting together with two special girls and having “cookie baking day” with them. Both girls are graduating from college this coming Spring and it both makes me proud and sad since they’ll likely be off starting their own traditions next year and I’ll perhaps be b aking alone . . . or finding the need to cut back since the kids are growing up and some of the older generation are with God now. But, it’s never too late to change and I as well will begin a new tradition or two while keeping some of the old too. Change is growth, change is good.
That being said, I still can’t bring myself to eat green bean casserole. Oh, but not everything from a can is bad, you know. Pumpkin pie filling is always used in my “homemade” pumpkin pies. lol Traditions. Don’t you just love them? Okay, some of them make us scratch our heads and wonder, but that is somehow part of what makes them special!