This week’s Spin Cycle is about “family traditions.” We were given this subject a couple of years ago at this same time (Jen has apparently been thinking a great deal about her family traditions this week while celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year), and I was tempted to recycle that post, in which I lamented about our family’s lack of tradition. But instead, I decided I’d talk a little bit about how some of our traditions are changing.
If you go and read the post from 2009 about our family traditions, you’ll see that most of them revolve around food, or holidays where food is very important. Indeed, in 2008 I did a series of posts about what I cook for Thanksgiving dinner every year titled “Thanksgiving Thursday” (which I neatly summarized here the next year). It included the usual suspects – turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, plus a couple of other dishes.
Then we changed how we eat in 2010, and how I viewed that holiday meal – something that had morphed a bit since I grew up, but hadn’t fundamentally differed my entire life – suddenly changed. Did I throw caution (and a 30-pound weight loss) to the wind and make our traditional dinner? Toss all of those old refined-sugar-and-white-flour-laden dishes out the window and make all new dishes that were in line with our new lifestyle? In the end, I did a little of both and it was quite the success.
This year, though, things are going to be different. Jolly and Miss J cannot attend, and unless Oldest Son and Darling Daughter can afford to fly themselves up here, they’ll be absent as well (yes, this bums me out – I like having my family around during the holidays). So there will just be the three of us, unless I can persuade my Young Diabetic Friend to join us. And, unless I cave and make rolls for The Young One, there will be no wheat on my table – or dairy, unless I cave and make, again for The Young One, Roasted Garlic White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes. I simply cannot tolerate either of them, and while there’s milk and cheese in the fridge for Beloved and The Young One, we’ve pretty much become a gluten-free household.
So, the traditions, they are a-changin’. In a way, it makes me rather sad – I know there are those who make something different every year for their Thanksgiving dinner, but I’m not one of them. There are few traditions in our family, and perhaps because I’m the Mom (and Moms seem to be the keepers of traditions), perhaps I cling a little too tightly to those we do have. However, never one to be discouraged – especially when it comes to cooking a big holiday meal, whether it’s for 3 people or 30 – I’ve already started to plan just what we’re going to have.
And you’ll get to read aaaaaaall about it, trust me.
In the meantime, I know I have many readers who eat traditional diets, paleo diets, and who have food allergies. Those of you who do not eat “mainstream” – do you cook your holiday meals? If you do, what do you cook? And – although this is not a problem this particular year, it most likely will be in the future – how do you deal with guests who are not “on board?”
Posted in participation of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday