Tradition. Each family will celebrate Christmas in their own special way. Our family is no different. Where do these traditions come from? Why do we keep them going?
In our family a lot of the traditions that we practice have been passed down through my family. Christmas celebrations always centered around spending time with Grandpa and Grandma. Having the little extended family together was very important.
In our family we also like to have our children and their families around the farm. This isn't always possible because of the distance that now separates some of us. The grown children that can make it home for Christmas are always enjoyed. We wish that everyone could be home, but realistically it is not possible. Although they can't be with us, they are celebrating by starting their own traditions with their own growing families.
Starting in early December there is a flurry of activity. We start with baking a bunch of different cookies. Some of our favorites are old fashion Shortbread, Soft Molasses Cookies, Mountain Cookies and Nutmeg Meltaways to name a few. Then we move on to my favorite which is the candy making. There is always lots of homemade caramels, Candy Bar Fudge, Pecan Delights (aka "Turtles") brittles and butter tarts. Of course there will always be mandarin oranges for snacking on too.
Christmas day brings loads of tasty food. Breakfast can be anything from homemade grassfed beef or pasture raised pork sausages, ham, brioche buns and fruit. The crowning feast of the day is served after the evening milking is finished. It usually consists of pasture raised turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, yams, peas or carrots, cranberry sauce, and homemade cloverleaf buns. This year instead of turkey we are roasting a homegrown, free-range, brine soaked goose. Dessert is a tray of the baked goodies that we prepared ahead of time.
So why do we continue with old traditions? I think it is because they hold comforting memories that connect us with our pasts. We hope that by continuing old traditions and starting new ones as new members join our family we can encourage them to focus on what is truly important about celebrating Christmas.
From our family here on the farm we wish you all a blessed Christmas celebration of your own.
Yes! I want to stay connected with the farm.