This Week…Traditions

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This Week…Traditions


Thanksgiving seems like more than just a week ago, doesn’t it?  And this week, our family is already discussing plans for Christmas.



Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
Somerset Maugham

My family isn’t just my brother and his family. Nor is it just my cousins and their families. Nor is it my sister-in-law’s sisters and their families. It is any and all who through hook or crook become part of our family. 


Lovely as it may be, that means taking into account and trying to respect different family traditions. 



A tradition is kept alive only by something

being added to it.
Henry James

That’s not really a bad thing. When we lived in South Florida, I brought black-eyed peas to our extended family’s New Year’s Day gathering. If you’re from the South, you’ll know the importance of this tradition.


The human soul can always use a new tradition.
Sometimes we require them.

 Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

It soon became a tradition to have Black-eyed peas at our FL New Year’s Eve gatherings.  (I also had to suffer through pickled herring in sour cream…someone else’s tradition.) If you’re interested, there are other food traditions for New Year’s Day. 

The less there is to justify a traditional custom,
the harder it is to get rid of it.

 Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


Have a fun weekend making new traditions and memories.



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Comments (26)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Pickled Herring, no thank you.  I can see one tradition I would not be joining in. Yuk

Dec 03, 2022 05:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Same here Bill Salvatore - East Valley Not my cup of tea. 

Dec 03, 2022 12:11 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Even though I am a first generation Swede on my father's side, never have been a fan of pickled herring or herring in sour cream. Yes traditions are important and better yet are very adaptable.

Dec 03, 2022 05:53 AM
Kathy Streib

Leanne Smith I'm willing to try most everything but just the thought of pickled herring in sour cream...well no thanks. 

Dec 03, 2022 12:12 PM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Happy this Saturday for this nice blog. Have a great month. It gets cool here.

Dec 03, 2022 06:14 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Eric Bouler we started off warm but I think we'll get cooler temps. 

Dec 03, 2022 12:13 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, traditions are fun to continue in a family, but thinking pickled herring would never cross my lips!

Dec 03, 2022 06:32 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox I did try them (very little bite) but I'll pass on them too. 

Dec 03, 2022 12:13 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Kathy - I love traditions but as time goes one there are modifications.  "traditions and Innovations" is one of the core values of an organization I know.

Dec 03, 2022 07:25 AM
Kathy Streib

Grant Schneider I think there's a place for both. To throw out all traditions without thought for what they contribute would be just as foolish as never considering any innovations. 

Dec 03, 2022 12:15 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and Thank You for sharing this great information with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great Saturday!



Dec 03, 2022 07:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm And you as well!!!

Dec 03, 2022 12:15 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Your post made me recall the wonderful holiday meals served my my family members in Portsmouth, Virginia when I was youngster.

Dec 03, 2022 07:45 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley I'll bet they were splendid!  You have your own great chef there!

Dec 03, 2022 12:16 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

No herring or black eyed peas for us. I don't think we have any real food traditions for Christmas.

Dec 03, 2022 08:14 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara I'll bet you have some but don't realize it!!

Dec 03, 2022 12:27 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Such wonderful thoughts about family and traditions, Kathy! Growing up in Georgia, black-eyed peas became a favorite (among so many amazing foods).  I make a Black-eyed pea with chorizo soup that is very tasty and freeze it for quick meals.

Dec 03, 2022 08:22 AM
Kathy Streib

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! yummy That sounds really good. I do love soup!

Dec 03, 2022 12:28 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, I don't even like to admit this, but Larry enjoys pickled herring. I can't even watch him eat it!

Dec 03, 2022 09:16 AM
Kathy Streib

I'm with you Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 just looking at it makes me sick. 

Dec 03, 2022 12:30 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathy it's interesting how we have some traditions but we're forever evolving and embracing new ones as the years go by.  It's been a fun journey!  As for pickled herring and sour cream......well......I'd try it but it doesn't sound all the great!!

Dec 03, 2022 09:50 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

I have a feeling I'll be in the same boat Kathy!

Dec 03, 2022 02:05 PM
Kathy Streib

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker I believe in trying foods and if you don't like it, you never have to eat it again. I took a small bite of it, and am standing by what I said...I never want to eat it again. 

Dec 03, 2022 12:32 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Family is whatever you decide. It is crazy how it grows (and unfortunately, sometimes shrinks). 

Dec 03, 2022 11:33 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I agree. Thankfully, our younger generation are having babies so that adds to our fun. 

Dec 03, 2022 12:32 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I am not sure that Thanksgiving feels like more than a week ago.  I am still trying to digest all the food I ate ...... LOL

Dec 03, 2022 12:00 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto that's funny!!!  I'm on to Christmas. 

Dec 03, 2022 12:33 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Beautiful  post and quotes. Experiencing new traditions will often add to one's family and friends. Always be open to new ones!

Dec 03, 2022 12:06 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Kathy... I might have now lived in the South almost a quarter or a century, but I've yet to do any black-eyed peas! Now... marzipan covered with dark chocolate is a whole other subject! :)

Dec 03, 2022 12:15 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I've never tasted black eyed peas, but think I want to find a recipe.

I've let many of my family traditions go. For instance, homemade potato sausage. I'm the only one left who loves it and it is a LOT of work to make. And, all those cookies are a thing of the past. Too few people to eat them, and my husband definitely doesn't need them.

Dec 03, 2022 12:48 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

As you know, I grew up in Houston, and the one tradition that has remained consistent over my lifetime has been black-eyed peas on New Year's day.   All the other traditions have been modified over the years.  I noticed as our parents passed, the traditions also seemed to have changed dramatically.  Moving from California to Sedona, the traditions were impacted again.  None of this is a bad thing.  It adds a new spice to our family dynamics.  It is a welcomed evolution.

Dec 03, 2022 02:45 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

In the years I worked at an international software company, I felt I was enriched by learning the various cultural traditions of those who worked there.

Dec 03, 2022 11:38 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Dec 03, 2022 11:42 PM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Real Estate Advocate

Kathy... every time I hear the words "Tradition", I cannot help but think about the song in the "Fiddler on the Roof" .... Traditioooooooon!!

Dec 04, 2022 09:33 AM