December 23, 2017
I recently had a lengthy conversation on “Family Traditions” with Mi Hermana. As children we were taught about the Nativity scene and always displayed one in our home. We also had a village; as we grew older we bought more pieces for my Mama to add to her village collection. We had the typical Mexican meal of tamales and atole, champurrado y buñuelos. But, we also had ham, rum balls and a honey nut cake that neither had honey nor nuts, lol. A highly coveted recipe, few have. Always See’s candies. Listening to Christmas Carols and the likes of Bobby Helm, as we rocked around the house. So, our version of celebrating Christmas was a little from each culture. Enjoying both. I also recall we had an old fashion milkman, Walt, who delivered milk weekly, and occasionally cottage cheese and butter. I’ll never forget the year at Christmas time my Mama bought us a Foremost snowball made only during Christmas. It was a simple vanilla scoop in the shape of a ball rolled in coconut with a green Holly decoration on top and a red berry. They only made those for a few years. Boy, we luved those. Every year I look for them to no avail. And now at 60 years old it is so important that we carry on those Family Traditions. That the younger generations learn and know; in hopes that they pass on some of these same Family Traditions throughout the generations that follow and of course incorporating new ones of their own. That is my hope and desire.