When hubby and I first got married it was evident that many of our family traditions growing up were different.
First off my hubby wasn’t allowed to celebrate holidays until he was 13 (dad was a jw) so their traditions came kind of late.
I am very set in my ways about how things should be done when it comes to holidays. The first year we were married my hubby was in the Navy and we were waiting for housing so I stayed back at home with my parents. My husband was able to come home for a few days the week before Thanksgiving so his mom decided to have Thanksgiving early at their house. This was the first indication of the differences between my family and his.
Dinner consisted of a turkey breast, not a whole turkey. (Now how do you put “shoes” on a turkey breast since it has no legs?:hmmm: My mom is very big on the turkey having shoes. My daughter has now taken over the shoe making responsibilty of the family.) Ok back to the dinner -the cranberry jelly roll out of the can, yams out of a can, corn out of can, dinner rolls out of can, gravy out of can. And stove top stuffing-which is my favorite so this was acceptable. As soon as we finished eating the food was quickly wrapped up and put away and we did the dishes.
Now let move a week later to my parents house -huge turkey with napkin shoes (for the three of us-since hubby went back to his ship), fresh yams broiled with brown sugar, home made cranberry sauce, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad, veggies and olives on the special crystal tray lazy susan thing, miniature pumpernickel loaf in special oblong basket that it fits in perfecty, gravy made from turkey drippings and two different bowls of stove top stuffing one with giblets for my dad and one giblet free for my mom and me.
Each place setting has our fine china (lenox) and a wine glass. If you want Mountain Dew you drink it out of the wine glass. Turkey neck is boiling on the stove (for my dad who never wastes anything) and pumpkin and apple pie in the oven -ok those were frozen my mom wasn’t big on baking. This is for* 3 people. *Food is left out all evening in case anyone wants seconds (-and no one in my family has gotten sick from food poisoning.) Dishes will still be on the table the next morning. We socialize and nap after dinner.
So what are the differences between your family of origen and that of your spouses?