Thursday, January 9, 2014

Holiday Traditions

This is an guest post from the Personal Finance Blog Debt Discipline:

I am so looking to some time off from work and some quality time with my family. We have a number of events planned over the next week. Some will be new and a few will be old Holiday traditions that we have shared for many years. It nice to have these traditions to look forward to each year, it’s also nice to change things up every so often. We for the first time I can remember will be eating out for Christmas Eve dinner. Although different than what we have done in years past we are looking forward to it and just possibly started a new tradition going forward in 2013.

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We always decorate the tree as a family, we watch Holiday movies and listen to music leading up until Christmas day. We open gifts on Christmas morning, but typically allow one gift to be open during Christmas Eve.

Bagna càuda

Bagna càuda, (from the Piedmontese "hot bath") is a warm dip typical of Piedmont, Italy. The dish, which is served and consumed in a manner similar to fondue, is made with garlic, anchovies, olive oil, and butter. The dish is eaten by dipping raw, boiled or roasted vegetables, especially peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, squash, celery, cauliflower, artichokes, and onions. Raw seafood such as shrimp, langostino, scallops and oysters along with fillet mignon or sirloin steak is used as well. It is traditionally eaten during the autumn and winter months and must be served hot, as the name suggests. Originally, in Piedmont, the Bagna càuda was placed in a big pan (peila) in the center of the table for communal sharing. We have hosted a Bagna càuda party for the last 10 years. This tradition has been on my wife’s side of the family for many years. We invite family and friends to participate. We typically host between Christmas and the New Year. We always try and invite someone new to the party to introduce them to the incredible meal and the smell of garlic!


Lebkuchen is a traditional German baked Christmas treat, very similar to Gingerbread. This was another tradition that has been passed done on my wife’s side of the family from her grandmother. The process for making the dough takes an hour or two, but the key is to let it sit for up to 2 weeks before rolling and making cookies. This is typically a family event, with our children assisting cookie cutter selection, baking, and tasting usually is left up to me. We often share the cookies with family and friends. Depending on how well the Christmas Eve dining event goes it may be added to the list as a keeper tradition going forward. I’ll keep you posted. One tradition that I have begun to think about as we near our debt freedom is giving back more, possibly in the forms of more random acts of kindness or donation of time helping to serve meals to the less fortunate. I think these are great teachable moments for our children and great remembers for my wife and I.

Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas!

What are some of your favorite Holiday traditions?

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