8 Meaningful Family Meal Traditions During The Holidays
Holidays are reminders of who you are and where you come from. Christmas, Independence Day and Thanksgiving are not just days off from work and school. They are about the people that surround you, the memories you share, and – of course – the delicious food that you consume.
Family traditions are a common thread that forever bind us to those with whom we have shared countless celebrations and special occasions. More often than not, special memories with your family revolve around mealtime traditions. Whether it's scarfing down turkey the day after Thanksgiving or enjoying a delicious clambake during a breezy Labor Day, we all remember those delicious pastimes we've shared with loved ones.
Below are our favorite family traditions, created in partnership with New York Life. Does your family have a special holiday meal tradition that isn't on this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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Independence Day: July 4 Picnic
One of the most exciting parts of the summer is the Fourth of July, the quintessential family vacation weekend. Many people have their own traditions, including wearing patriotic colors, setting off dazzling fireworks, and more. Clearly though, the picnic takes the American-flag themed cake.
Chinese New Year: Dim Sum Brunch
Chinese-American families across America know that Dim Sum is more than just a basket of dumplings eaten on Chinese New Year (and all 364 other days, of course). This meal, which includes buns, rice noodles, tea and more, is better with all your brothers, sisters and cousins surrounding you.
Is it just us or is the turkey a little juicier, the cranberry sauce a little sweeter, and the sweet potatoes a little creamier when you are eating them the next day during family lunch?
Though the Pilgrims (likely) didn't eat our traditional foods during the Thanksgiving feast, we are lucky that this tradition has stuck, giving us days upon days of delicious family meals. Check out how to make the ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Panini here.
During chilly winter evenings, many families in the south gather 'round the grill to shuck oysters and share stories. This coastal custom is very specific to the Carolinas, particularly during the cold months when the oysters are tastiest.
This seafood extravaganza is a New England Labor Day special. The rudimentary cooking, which uses seaweed, rocks, and sea water, has been passed down from generations, following a similar path to the southern oyster roast.
The Passover seder is a traditional Jewish meal, celebrating the ancient Jews' freedom from slavery in Egypt. Families gather from all over to partake in unleavened bread, symbolic bitter herbs, and of course, Grandma's matzah ball soup.