In our family the holiday season is steeped in tradition, from a lively Thanksgiving feast to gathering together at grandma’s house each Christmas. One of my favorite holiday traditions is our annual deer widow trip to the Frankenmuth, Michigan also known as winter wonderland. While the men are off in a cabin across the mighty mac to hunt deer, the women folk are hunting down holiday bargains. Frankenmuth is famous for it’s chicken dinners, german brats, craft beers and bavarian style sweets, which explains why it’s called Michigan’s Little Bavaria.
While we spend the day eating our way through downtown, we also pick up tons of unique, handmade or interesting gifts in the many locally owned shops. Candied almonds must be consumed and purchased “for later” and a trip to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland followed by a dinner at the famous Bavarian Inn. Day 2 is spent powering through the outlet malls in a quest to finish off our christmas list. Finally, the weekend is wrapped up with a long day of baking sugary treats for our families. We gather around the kitchen where advice, tips, and recipes are passed from generation to generation. Love flows from aunts to nieces, between sisters and from grandmothers. It’s a right of passage as the preteens in the family are included in this circle of women. And somewhere along the way, memories are made.
Traditions have a way of binding a family together. It reassures us that no matter the craziness of the holiday season, we make time for each other. Hickory Farms not only embraces passing down traditions through generations of families, but also creating new traditions and sharing them with loved ones.
You can find fun recipes to create and even purchase ingredients at Hickoryfarms.com or stop by one of their 700+ Holiday Market stores and kiosks across North America, as well as in select retailers.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?