I spent my Christmas holiday back home in Alabama. I could not wait for Christmas, because I was so looking forward to going home. It was my first time going home since last Christmas, believe it or not (I couldn't believe it. I'm going to do my best to make it back home before next Christmas!). And since it had been a LONG time since I've taken a road trip, I decided to pack up my car and hit the road to Alabama (I'd forgotten how much I like taking road trips).
I arrived home in Killen, Alabama (just outside of Florence, which is about an hour west of Huntsville) on Christmas Eve just in time for my Mom's side of the family's annual Christmas Even dinner. This has been a family tradition since long before I was born and with my Mom having 12 brothers and sisters, you can imagine what a big deal it is. With family spread out all over the country from California to Washington, D.C. and everywhere in between, it's the one time of year that you're guaranteed to see almost everyone at home.
Besides seeing my family and just being home (it's always good to go home, isn't it?), one of my favorite things about going home for the holidays is that I get some of my favorite foods and treats that I typically only get when I'm home or when my Mom overnights them to me. Probably my all-time favorite holiday treat is Rice Krispies Treats. My aunt Sharon (who lives in California) always makes Rice Krispies Treats and it's become known (at least in my head) that it's something that she makes especially for me (in recent years my sister Zuri and my cousin Don have all of a sudden taken a liking to them and I have to share. Boo.). I know you're thinking, "They aren't that hard to make, so why not make them yourself?" You're right. And at least once I year, I usually do. But it's the tradition of knowing that every Christmas Eve there will be some Rice Krispies Treats with my name on them that's so special.
Another Christmas favorite is sausage balls. My Mom always makes sausage balls for me and my sister and it's typically the only time that we eat them, so it's always a special treat. I can't stand the sight of raw sausage so I never make them myself.
Another holiday food tradition in my family is caramel cake. (At this point in the post, I'm hoping that my doctor is not reading this and that I can erase all signs of all of this unhealthy eating that I indulged in over the holidays. #diabeticproblems) I'm not a big cake eater for a couple of reasons, but this is by far my favorite kind of cake. Yum.
There are a few other foods that I associate with being home for the holidays like pecans (I brought a big container of pecan halves back with me!), catfish (it just tastes better back home), and that "we're tired of eating holiday food" pizza.
Knowing what a big part food plays in my holiday trip back home, I was touched (ok, I cried) by this Western Union video about being away from home for the holidays. Warning: Grab a tissue before you start watching.
Did you travel home for the holidays? What are some of your family's holiday traditions? What food do you look forward to most during the holidays?
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