Share Your Holiday Traditions

May 8, 2012 | By | Comments (3)

HolidayCooking Light contributor Jennifer Drawbridge is working on a holiday traditions story for our December issue. See how you can help!

I don’t think the Pilgrims sat down to deep-fried turkey with a side of spicy kimchee, but somehow these dishes have become an important part of my New England family’s Thanksgiving tradition. Here at Cooking Light, we’re planning our holiday issues, and we’ve been thinking about the happy and sometimes entirely nontraditional traditions that families and friends create to celebrate the holidays—
like my family’s kimchee, or the matching pajamas worn by one Cooking Light staffer and his entire family on Christmas morning. We’d love to hear from you about any unusual/unconventional/joyous traditions you’ve invented. We want to run these stories in our December issue, so we’re particularly interested in Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Send us your new family holiday traditions and you may appear in Cooking Light! Comment here or email us at


  1. Dawn

    Our family has a few. Every year we pick a theme for Thanksgiving – it’s about giving thanks, not about Turkey. So we have been known to do a cajun T-day, by making jambalaya.. to getting the entire family on a short 4 day cruise (having no mess and people catering to you is blissful!)… to making brown paper bag turkeys! My favorite holiday tradition though is cookie day! We prepare for this for a couple of weeks. Between the recipe finding to the shopping .. and then destroying my kitchen with smells of confections and little sticky hands everywhere! No matter what people do, remember to have fun ~ it’s about spending time with your family and/or friends, enjoying life and celebrating… not buying gifts and seeing how far into debt you can go 🙂 Happy pre holidays everyone!

    May 12, 2012 at 11:04 am
  2. Elizabeth Greeley

    My father’s side of the family are direct decedents of three families that came over on the Mayflower…so we are true ‘Daughters of the Mayflower.’ Every Thanksgiving my father places 6 kernels of dry popcorn on everyone’s bread plate. During grace, he tells everyone to look at the kernels of corn, and remember that WAS the pilgrim’s true first Thanksgiving dinner. The pilgrims were so poor that first winter, their daily ration was only those 6 kernels of corn. It is a reminder of where we come from, but also how luck we really are to be alive.

    May 12, 2012 at 9:54 am
  3. Sheryl Jones

    Our family is rather large and our children are all adults now. Most of them love to cook so for the last few years we have had a friendly competition for the best dessert or appetiser. The winner takes home a prise. The entry has to be something never tried in our family before. This has been so much fun to see the creativity and family trying to one up each other. Rarely have the families’ best cooks won. It is always a surprise to see who will win.

    May 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

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