Archive for the ‘Holiday Memories’ Category

Service of Rituals and Traditions

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

We eat hot dogs, homemade potato salad and all the trimmings on Memorial Weekend and turkey at Thanksgiving–although not all of us love the bird and these days some avoid real franks. [Ersatz foods not my favorite–I’ve not once found any I like from ice cream and sodas to cake.] I enjoy seeing the fresh faces of sailors in NYC for Fleet Week from today through May 31.

I get ashes on Ash Wednesday and don’t eat meat on Fridays during lent: it’s a tradition. Others fast or don’t drink alcohol during their religious holidays to maintain their customs.

What do you think about a bride wearing a white gown to her second wedding? My friends are split yea or nay.

Do rituals give you comfort? Are there any you follow religiously?

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Service of Holiday Memories II

Monday, December 21st, 2020

Since 2008, when I launched my blog, I’ve occasionally written about holiday memories. As many will be spending this season without loved ones–Dr. Fauci said it’s the first year since his daughters were born that he won’t be with them at Christmas–I suspect that those who do gather will be saying, “Do you remember the year…..?” Others will recollect quietly.

As I draft this post salt-free butter is reaching room temperature in the kitchen. I plan to make the Christmas cookies I’ve baked–or helped make–since childhood [photo above]. I shared the recipe in 2009 in “Season of Seasonal Treats.” One year my mother and I made hundreds which we gave as gifts. Together, on her last Christmas, we baked them so she could enjoy the familiar fragrance in her apartment.

I remember a Christmas Eve my oldest nephews, in their late teens, carved the turkey for the extended family sit-down dinner celebration for 30 I hosted alone. I dipped into the kitchen to check on progress and saw them dusting off soil from the bird. I never asked how they knocked over a plant that hung well above the counter on which they were working, nor did I acknowledge the accident at the time. I was most grateful that everyone pitched in that year.

Were or will your 2020 Hanukah or Christmas gatherings be different? Have you thought of past celebrations more than usual? At every fête, before we dig in, our family toasts “les absents,” those missing from our holiday table. This Christmas I will raise a glass to all of you.

Service of Holiday Memories

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Nephew and niece, Edward & Alison

Nephew and niece, Edward & Alison

Vicki Hidalgo, an officemate, made delicious cookies–her late Aunt Bessie’s Christmas recipe—as a gift to us all. They lasted minutes as word spread about how amazing they tasted.

Vicki Hidalgo

Vicki Hidalgo

She told me that as a child, the family would gather for the holiday at her grandmother’s home. Her grandmother had seven children so on Christmas day, at 5 pm, after the 40 adults and children had finished her farina pudding, they’d open presents. Under the tree, along with the gifts, were beautifully wrapped packages of cookies which Aunt Bessie had marked for every guest. Vicki said, “We couldn’t wait until we got permission to open the cookies!” Now that’s the sprit of Christmas.

I’d wait for my mother to wake up on Christmas morning to see what Santa put in my Christmas stocking. She acted as delighted as I was with each miniature surprise, wrapped in tissue paper and chosen to fit in the red stocking with my initials embroidered on the white cuff.

Do you have Christmas or Hanukkah memories to share?

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