The holiday season is a very special time of year. Not only do we all have the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends, it’s also a time when we reflect upon years gone by and cherished memories.
I miss my parents and great-grandparents. They were a very special part of the holidays.
I have so many fond memories of Christmas with my family such as opening up one gift on Christmas Eve and having a huge breakfast Christmas morning with my great-grandparents.
The tradition of opening up a gift on Christmas Eve started when my mom had to spend Christmas at the hospital one year when I was around 10 years old. I was not able to visit her in the hospital so she called me on the phone on Christmas Eve to talk to me and told me I could open up one present while I was on the phone with her. I still remember that day very well. I opened the Ballerina Barbie that I really wanted for Christmas that year.
My own family has traditions too. Every Christmas Eve we go out to a fancy restaurant for dinner. We used to spend Christmas Eve with family but they have passed on. After dinner we drive around town looking at all the holiday decorations and critiquing them and giving out imaginary awards for “Most Beautiful”, “Most Tacky” and “Most Original” holiday displays.
The day after Thanksgiving we put up the Christmas Tree. Then we all all decorate the tree with our ornaments. As we are putting up the ornaments we reflect upon when we received the ornament and why its so special to us. My husband and I have ornaments we hang on our tree from our youth. We love sharing stories about the ornaments with our children, even though they have heard the stories again and again over the years.
My mom started the tradition of buying me a new ornament every year for Christmas. That way when I was grown up and on my own I had plenty of ornaments to decorate my own tree. I still have all those ornaments. We did the same with our children. Each year we buy them a new ornament. It’s fun to see how their tastes have changed over the years. They even have ornaments from their great-grandparents that were given to them when they were babies.
We love giving gifts. When I was young I used to make gifts (as did my kids when they were little). I even have the very first gift I ever gave to anyone – an inexpensive ceramic elf that I bought for my mom when I was about 7 or 8 years old. My sister lent me the money (actually, she gave me the money, I didn’t have money to pay her back at that age). When my mom passed away I took the elf to come and live with me and my family. Every Christmas I put it on my desk so I can look at it and remember how excited I was to give it to my mom.
My dad was not easy to buy for. There was only so much cologne I could buy him.
One holiday tradition was to buy him and all the men in our family a box of Whoppers. I don’t know how that started. Dad loved Whoppers so I bought him a box when I was younger and it sort of became a tradition to give him and the rest of the men a box of Whoppers. How weird is that?
It was also a tradition to buy my great-grandfather Melt Away Mints from Hickory Farms. My great-grandfather LOVED them. Because of that everyone in our family would buy him a bag or two from the pop up Hickory Farms kiosks that would show up during the holiday season. Every single year we would buy them for him. He looked forward to them because Christmas time was the only time he would have his beloved Melt Away Mints.
Even though my great-grandfather passed away in the mid-80’s I still pick up Melt Away Mints whenever I come across a Hickory Farms kiosk at the mall. They bring back such fond memories of Christmas and my great-grandfather.
Hickory Farms has been around for over sixty years and have become a holiday tradition with many families. Many families have fond memories of Hickory Farms during the holiday season and Hickory Farms is proud to be a part of those special memories.
Hickory Farms embraces passing down traditions through generations of families as well as creating new traditions with family and friends.
Hickory Farms has plenty of great gifts that you can give to those special people in your life from gourmet cheeses and sausages to delicious sweet treats and of course my great-grandfather’s beloved Melt Away Mints.
There are nearly 600 Hickory Farms Holiday Market stores and kiosks across the country (North America). You can also find Hickory Farms products at select retailers. Of course you can also purchase Hickory Farms products online.
I received a special gift from Hickory Farms – Cheddar Flight with Salami. It’s from their Hickory Farms Reserve Collection.
The gift set I received contained;
- 7 oz. Dry Salami
- 5 oz. Smoked Garlic Cheddar
- (2) 5 oz. 3 Year Aged Cheddar
- 5 oz. Apple Smoked Cheddar with Paprika
I couldn’t resist trying the 3 year aged Cheddar right away. I LOVE cheese – especially Cheddar.
The cheese had a wax like coating on it that was unlike anything I have had before. I have never had cheese that was coated with something. I wasn’t sure how to remove it.
The cheese was aged to perfection. It had a nice sharpness to it. It was unlike the kind of Cheddar that I buy at the grocery store. This Cheddar was more like something you’d get at a fancy gourmet restaurant.
I also tried the Apple Smoked Cheddar with Paprika. MMMM!!!!!! This is GREAT cheese! I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it but I LOVED it (notice I said “loved”? I finished it a long time ago). I orginally cut up some pieces to put on top of crackers, but I enjoyed it so much I just age the slices on their own (no crackers). To quote a slang expression, this cheese is “Da Bomb”. (LOL!).
I haven’t had the Salami or Smoked Garlic Cheddar yet. I am saving those for Thanksgiving, as well as the second chunk of aged Cheddar.
If you know someone who loves cheeses and meats like Salami, this would make a great gift. You could also pick up a gift set for yourself to serve to holiday guests (or simply enjoy it yourself).
If you would like to check out what Hickory Farms has to offer visit them online at HickoryFarms.com. Also look for one of their many holiday markets and kiosks.
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Do you have a special holiday tradition in your family? Did you have traditions growing up?
Has Hickory Farm become a part of your family’s holiday traditions?
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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.