Tradition is a pretty powerful thing. For Christmas Michael and I drove up to New Orleans to visit with family and friends for a few days. Despite the fact that 2009 has been a pretty rough year for just about everyone I know there is some comfort and hope to be found in the traditional preparation of a meal.
From the canned cranberry sauce that I insist be served in the shape of the can it came in, to the perfectly prepared turkey that Michael and his sister started cooking at 6am, to the stuffing that Michael prepared using his late grandmother’s recipe, all kinds of tradition are alive and well this Christmas.
While we hardly live a “traditional” life 363 days a year, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas give us the opportunity to participate in the ritual meal preparation that has accompanied the holiday season for our ancestors for centuries.
For me, Christmas is a great opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation to all of my friends and family. It hasn’t been my greatest year in terms of communication, but all of you have been in my thoughts this year.
Music: Tori Amos - Midwinter Graces