Most of the traditions I recall from my childhood revolve around food. My dad would always take our request for cakes on our birthday [and we were creative in our requests!], our traditional Christmas dinner celebrating our heritage from both sides of the family would be served, and, when we were older, ringing in the new year rolling corn husks and steaming homemade tamales always brought friends and family together to stand around the stove. We would try to decipher who make which one as they were unwrapped and devoured with the buffet of sauces my mom had prepared. People would come and go as there were always other obligatory "parties" to attend, but we all knew the Knudsen Kitchen was where the real fun was.
I've kneaded some of those traditions into my own family, but always feel the desire to have more traditions in our family. Donald Hallstrom said, "Uplifting traditions play a significant role in leading us toward the things of the Spirit. Those that promote love for Deity and unity in families and among people are especially important." On Halloween we have a tradition of making pumpkin donuts. Ryan loves most anything pumpkin, and really we have it year-round, but these are saved for one day only. Saturday night, two broken thermometers and a trip to buy two more later, we were bubbling and boiling our little donut holes.
Of course the kids love the nutmeg-cinnamon-sugar topping the most, but the adults agreed that the crunchy shell of a freshly fried fritter was far more fulfilling. I have a new [non-culinary] tradition I'm planning on slipping in our usual holiday routines this year [more about that later], but am always on the look-out for some fresh inspiration.
What traditions do you savor as a family?