Religious or no, the winter holiday season is chock full of a zillion different traditions. Some of mine are a continuation of what my parents did for me as a kid, others have slowly developed over the years.
- Buying Mark a new ornament every year (ever since we started dating).
- Designing and printing my own holiday cards.
- Pretending I actually try to wait until after Thanksgiving to play Christmas music (I usually stop sometime in February and start up again in July).
- Hosting a holiday movie party.
I’ve learned that my Christmas food traditions are pretty casual compared to some families. There’s no Christmas eve or Christmas day dinner of note. However, Christmas morning breakfast has to be just so. Otherwise the holiday feels incomplete.
It’s not complicated — just scrambled eggs and little smokies sausages (apparently that’s a carryover from my time in Montana). Brie tends to add hot chocolate and Mark requests biscuits and gravy. It’s a hearty meal to start the day with, but it’s really wonderful after dragging myself out of bed early to see what Santa has been up to.
What kinds of Christmas food traditions do you have? What makes your holiday?
She lives in the Bay Area and cites her diverse background as her biggest influence: her visual artist mom is half-Chinese, half-Greek, and from Hawai’i; her film-loving, world-music curating dad is from Montana; and she lived in both California and Montana while growing up. She loves at least a little bit about virtually everything (Pokémon Snap included) and aims to be a Jane of all trades. By day Cat is a multiple-hat-wearing media person.
She is also allergic to felines.