I am finally getting excited about the upcoming Christmas holiday (it's been so busy, I've hardly had a chance to think about my own family's xmas!). I am not a religious person but I will welcome any opportunity to show those around me how much I love them. I also love indulging in traditions and creating new ones. The first few years Jeremy, Parker and I were together we would spend Christmas Eve making pierogi from scratch. This would then become our holiday dinner. I suppose we started this because Jeremy was born and raised in Pittsburgh and I am part Polish…but, really I think it had less to do with either and more to do with us all liking a good pierogi…and wanting to create some new family traditions for our new family (and not having enough money for a holiday ham). As the years passed and we discovered that Jeremy has a very very terrible awful wheat/gluten allergy, we left that tradition behind. But, we have not found a suitable replacement! Last year we shared Christmas dinner with Jeremy's family. I wanted to bring a small bit of my family to the meal (to carry on a tradition from my childhood) and decided to bring our longest standing Christmas tradition, Christmas Pie. Jeremy's family hated it…and let me know, too! I was super bummed for a long time. But, I have gotten over it! (kind of) This year I will still make a Christmas Pie, only I'll save it for when my brother comes to visit closer to New Years…it will be a post Christmas Pie. And it will be loved and honored as the pink marshmellow-y tradition that it is (it's also my sister's favorite pie and was always made for her birthday, which is Christmas Day). Aside from pie, we're still trying to figure out what our Christmas traditions will be! What are yours? Do you have good memories of family traditions? I would love to know.
Plus, I'll post the recipe for Christmas Pie later in the week!