Traditions are so important because they say, “This is who we are as a family.” They give our family a sense of history.
Carol and I started life-long traditions from our first year of marriage that we still hold to today. We had lots of different kinds of traditions. Over the next few months I am going to talk about those many different kinds of traditions. However, today I want to talk about traditions with food.
Some of you have wonderful heritage foods from your family’s rich history. We did not have many of those so we needed to be creative. We worked hard to make sure that each holiday had a traditional food or foods. Christmas Eve became and still is a Seafood Extravaganza. There is a breakfast casserole that my wife Carol only cooks on Thanksgiving and Christmas morning. New Years Eve is always appetizers. Independence Day is always corn on the cob, Carol’s homemade potato salad (Her mom would be proud! Incredible!), watermelon, a festive fruit dessert and something from the grill.
Some days of the week had traditional foods as well. Let me explain.
When I was growing up there was a TV commercial that said, “Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day.” Pretty brilliant. Prince Spaghetti became a Wednesday staple in a lot of homes in America because of that commercial.
Carol and I took our cues from that. Friday became Pizza Day. But we didn’t just have pizza; we had “Pizza Wars”.
There were seven of us and we would buy two large pizzas Friday night but each pizza was from a different pizzeria. Then we rated each pizza to see which one won the Pizza War. Everyone voted. There were points for: The crust, the toppings, the overall taste, the box, the value, etc. Each pizza got a score. Whichever pizza won that week would be the one that moved onto the next week and went up against a different pizza from a different pizzeria.
This was a great tradition for Friday nights for a long time. Sunday’s were “Roast Day.” Another family favorite.
We always made sure we didn’t make food the center, but always really enjoyed it,
We created some great traditions and always made sure we thanked God for the food. Have a great week!