Creating New Holiday Traditions – What’s the Right Ratio?

by Jennifer Miller on November 25, 2012

in Weekend Reflections

Jennifer at Thanksgiving Brunch pumpkin bread

Pumpkin bread – one of my specialities

As a parent, I know that traditions are an important part of holiday celebrations for one’s children. This year, when we learned that it would be just our immediate family for Thanksgiving, Mr. People Equation and I discussed a way for us to create a new family tradition. How could we honor this uniquely American holiday of gratitude and still make it a relaxing time?

One thing we knew for sure: keep it simple. We are typically traveling on Thanksgiving morning and this year we had the luxury of letting the kids watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from start-to-finish.

Frankly, neither I or my hubby really groove on turkey and stuffing. One thing the entire family can agree upon: breakfast.

So, right after Santa made his appearance in the parade, I served up a brunch. We feasted on frittata, pumpkin bread, fruit salad and cranberry juice. Thanksgiving-y enough for me, yet tailored to the family’s preferences.

Sometimes, I think we make holidays just too darn difficult.

Luckily for me, I’m getting smarter about holiday traditions.

This holiday was a perfect ratio of enjoyment-to-effort.

Question – what have you gotten smarter about when it comes to holidays and traditions?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa Rosendahl November 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

Thanksgiving brunch out of town, a mini holiday of sorts, has been my favorite way to spend the day.

Jennifer Miller November 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Lisa, sounds like a nice time!

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