I want to preface this post by saying that this is not a bad problem to have in my life.
For each holiday that I head home to Connecticut I take so many pictures. I take pictures of the food, I take pictures of the tables, and I take pictures of the small details. Sometime around November 2014 I decided that it was no longer worth doing recap posts of how these holidays went. It’s not because the food wasn’t delicious, it’s not because I didn’t have a good time, and it’s not because I forgot to take pictures (surprisingly). It’s because every picture I take looks exactly the same.
Thanksgiving has always been at Aunt Lisa’s house. It is 4+ courses that always includes soup of some sort, manicotti, turkey and all the accoutrements, and then dessert. The glassware is always green, the food is always served out of the kitchen, and my plate is always heaping right after course three.
Christmas Eve is always at Aunt Mary’s house. It is 5+ courses that always consist of shrimp cocktail, pasta and crab sauce, crabs, seafood, and dessert. The tablecloths are always red, the first plates are always floral, the second plates are always green, and the food is always delicious.
Easter is always at my mom’s house. It is 4+ courses which always include antipasto, manicotti, meat & vegetables, and dessert. The wine glasses always have royal blue stems, the meats and cheese are always laid out nicely across all the trays, there is always tomato and mozzarella, we use white dishes for serving, and the eggs always show in a white/marble colored dish with gold trim.
And I’m sure if I kept going back I would find even more pictures that mimic the ones above.
These are our traditions. These are the things that when you ask me about a holiday I vividly remember and could describe to you every detail. And I love them.
For the 2014-2015 holiday season I decided it wasn’t worth it to do holiday posts because if you’ve been reading for a while you’ve seen it all already. Maybe next year I’ll pick it back up again (after all, the photography does seem to keep getting better and I’m probablly definitely should-have-done-it-already replaced this post with something with better pictures – I’m sure that’s enticing you to click on that link) or maybe I just need to find a better angle. But in the meantime, in case you’re curious about how things are going, I did start an instagram hashtag #chrystinanoelholidays.
What are some of your holiday traditions? Do you always show up at the same house at the same time at the same place?
Or is this just an Italian thing?