I tend to be somewhat of a non-conformist when it comes to holiday tradition. Take Thanksgiving for example. I do not eat meat, watch football, or have family members that gather on that day. So I kind of see it as a double holiday, in that I can just do my own thing. But sometimes, without realizing it, I create new traditions of my own. My holiday meal consisted of tasty corn fritters and grilled cheese sandwiches. But not just any grilled cheese sandwich. As I am a kamikaze cook, I use whatever is on hand to make something tasty.
First I spread some spicy brown mustard on the inside of some whole grain bread. then laid in some American cheese, then some slices of leftover canned mushrooms topped by slices of pepper jack cheese. Buttered the outside, grilled until brown. They were fantastic! I have already made them a second time – just as tasty as the first.
Having written all this down in my journal, I immortalized my 2010 Thanksgiving meal. And should I refer back to and cook that same meal in 2011, then I will have created a new holiday tradition in the Smith household. Because after all, what is tradition but an action repeated with intent?
What holiday traditions have you created? I would love to hear about them.
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