Celebrating Traditions Both Old and New

One of my favorite traditions as a child was singing carols at my family’s annual Christmas Eve party. I didn’t look forward to the food or the presents, oh no, I looked forward to the music. We had a family band that consisted of two guitars, a piano and a tub bass. What is a tub bass you ask? You’ll need a metal washtub, thick string and a broom handle (you can probably Google the rest). Point is, we sang classics like Jingle Bells, The 12 Days of Christmas and grandma’s favorite—Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, at the top of our lungs until Santa’s sleigh was due. Over time, the party attendance changed until one day I found myself married and celebrating new holiday customs with my in-laws.

Now that I have a family of my own, we are making our own new traditions. My husband loves to ski, so now we take an annual family ski trip. Not having the benefit of skiing as a child or being blessed with athletic ability, I struggle a little, but it’s a tradition I have heartily embraced. If you’re like my husband, you will love our Gift Guide this issue. The winter-savvy gentlemen of Vertical Drop share some of their must-haves for the season. If you aren’t into winter sports, don’t fret, they have a little something for everyone.

When it comes to the holidays, I think it’s safe to say that every family has favorite food rituals. Who doesn’t love to eat? That’s why I’m so excited about our featured Hot Spot, Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio. Chef Jaime Carmody does it all—from ready-made meals for the busy family to cooking classes with a seasonal twist. Create a new tradition with your loved ones by attending a holiday appetizer and cocktail class or the more kid-friendly gingerbread house decorating class, complete with hot cocoa bar.

Finally, if you’re struggling with that pesky Christmas gift conundrum, let me refer you to my Editorial Coordinators’ “Dear Santa” list. It seriously has something for everyone. I added Duraflame logs to my own list after reading it.

Happy Holidays, everyone! May they be filled with traditions, both old and new.