Happy Holidays: Enjoying Family Christmas Traditions

December 20, 2017  |     |   0 Comment

Every Christmas, my parents, sister, husband and I spend the holidays together.  Some years, we may be fortunate to have other relatives join us, but it’s pretty much a given that this core family group will gather together for the holidays. One of our traditions, as with many families, has been the stuffing of stockings and the giving of gifts to one another on Christmas day.

Last year, we decided to scale back with respect to exchanging Christmas gifts and would start a new Christmas tradition – no gift exchange! It went so well, that we are doing it again this year.  We have created a new family tradition.

We had been trying to scale-back for years, but it had never worked.  The truth is, we loved the fun of finding that special gift for each person and the joy of watching them open it on Christmas morning. When we reflected, though, on what truly mattered to us during the Christmas holidays, was being together and our love for one another.

We all agreed that what brought us the most enjoyment over the holidays was our time together cooking meals, sharing recipes, setting a beautiful table, discovering and tasting wine from around the world, and then indulging in our culinary creations.  Quite simply, we enjoyed sharing and creating memorable moments, and what better way than to do so over a great meal!

With this in mind, we decided that we would each take a turn during the holidays to plan, create and serve a gourmet meal with wine pairings as our gift to one another.  The focus for each of us again this year is creating new and wonderful experiences that brings us all together as a family with deep love, gratitude and appreciation.  After all, this is what the true spirit of Christmas is all about!

What ever your family traditions may be over the holiday season, may you enjoy and cherish your time together with great love, peace and joy of the Season!

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