Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome E from The Book Pushers today.
E’s Most Unusual Holiday Tradition
Hello and season’s greetings to you. I am E from The Book Pushers and my family isn’t what I would call staid, calm, boring, or normal by any stretch of the imagination – unless you consider an entire family draped across various items of furniture quietly reading as normal. If you do, then you are certainly welcome to spend Christmas with us and experience two of our traditions. Although I am only going to talk about one here because the other… well it is a surprise for whomever decides to be the new person at Christmas. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt but it does require the ability to laugh and enjoy yourself with the freedom of a happy child.
My family grew up poor; we kids just didn’t know it because we were mostly happy. We used the library and rampaged outside with our imagination as a guide instead of watching TV because we didn’t have one. As a result when holidays or excuses for an extended family gathering came up we would all meet at my aunt and uncle’s house because they had the TV with cable/satellite etc. Since we are all sports fans and there was usually a good game on when we were going to meet, their house was the place to be. For years, we had relatively traditional meals for both Thanksgiving and Christmas: turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls, dressing (stuffing), and pies. Until one year my mom and aunts decided they were tired of having the exact same special meal twice in a 30 day time period. Ham instead of turkey wasn’t an option because we only liked ham for the leftovers, and not the actual meal, so they decided to go with a Mexican themed menu. We lived in the Southwest so we could find the correct ingredients pretty easily year round. Now our Christmas main meal usually involves Chicken or pork tamales or Chili for the main dish along with Sweet Pumpkin Tamales, Bean Dip, Chili Relleno Casserole, salad with black beans, corn, and jimica, fresh fruit salad, and whatever desserts we feel like eating.
Oh man, I can’t wait for Christmas to get here! I hope you have a wonderful winter celebration complete with family – whether by blood and/or by choice – and lots of good food. If you can’t, just remember that someone will be thinking of you and wishing you were there with them.
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