I tweeted today that my favourite food of the holiday season is Clementines. They are the perfect fruit. Easy to peel, bite-size wedges of sweet, juicy goodness that are almost always seedless. Delicious and nutritious indeed.
Now I don’t fool around. I buy my Clementines by the crate because I eat a lot of them. I can easily go through a crate a week. By myself.
DH doesn’t eat them. Actually, he doesn’t eat any fruit but that’s a discussion for a whole other blog post. DD likes them one day and doesn’t the next. No matter, it means more Clementines for me!
When I was growing up, a Clementine was always placed at the toe of each family member’s stocking.
Every year we’d work our way through the chocolate and trinkets until that last plunge of the arm into the stocking made contact with this beautiful fruit. My brother, sister and I would forego our collected sweets and eat our Clementines then and there. Yum.
It’s a wonderful family tradition that I intend to start with DD this year. And if she doesn’t eat the fruit, it won’t go to waste.
Speaking of traditions…
I started thinking about other holiday traditions and how special and unique they are family to family. For example, in my family Santa doesn’t wrap stocking stuffers but in DH’s family, Santa does. In both sides of the family stockings are opened first, but I’ve heard others say they open stockings after gifts are opened.
Between DH and I, the tradition is that I string the lights on the tree but he strings the lights outside. My holiday baking tradition includes sugar cookies and butter tarts (sans raisins!). I make them every year without fail.
My friends and I had a potluck brunch last December with our respective families and we plan to do it again this year. It’s a tradition I hope we continue each year.
These rituals centred on family, well…they just make me smile. I’m looking forward to starting new traditions with DH and DD beyond the Clementine-in-the-stocking one. I don’t really know what these rituals will be, but I look forward to the discovery.
What family traditions do you incorporate into the holiday season?