Tra-ditionnnnn! Tradition!

How to really enjoy the holidays, or life for that matter: create/participate in traditions that are unorthodox, silly, absurb, illogical… something catered to you. When I participate in others ideas of tradition, it becomes a “have to”, not a “get to”. No – you do not have to make green beans with fried onions. No – you do not have to send Christmas cards.

I am reporting from the desert at my parents home and their neighbor has one of the greatest holiday traditions: every year, she and her husband make this ridiculous sumptuous Christmas brunch. It is complete with Mimosas, Bloody Marys and coffee. We, the lucky neighbors, gather in the backyard, chat, sip and chat some more. Then we move over to the patio tables for a good three hours of munching, chewing, laughing and more chewing. I, the fish-a-tarian, have more than enough to eat, including the unbelievable French Toast casserole (basically a heavenly mound of bread, butter and sugar). Plus there is fruit salad, cheese grits, eggs w/chorizo, salad, shrimp cocktail, various meat items, baked brie… And then dessert. This year, I could not manage the chocolate cheese cake, the chocolate covered strawberries, the rum cake. I decided to sip more coffee (and another Mimosa) and bask in the 80 degree sun.

Ah – tradition!

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~ by Cybel Martin on December 29, 2005.

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