When I think of Holiday traditions from my childhood,  I immediately think of my dad . He was all about the holiday's. He grew up as an only child and making memories with his kids was very important to him. He usually took us skiing in Northern Michigan either before Christmas or after depending on how our Holiday vacation fell on the calendar. Piling in our Station Wagon with our skis, holiday gifts (we would spend Christmas at my cousins & grandparents) and spending time together is a memory I will never forget.

     That's me with my Dad! Probably my favorite picture of all time.

You always knew if you received a gift from my dad because it was wrapped in newspaper! It was his signature. I lost my dad to ALS 8 years ago and I hang on to all the special holiday memories he created with me.

My sister and I with Santa. I was probably about 9 months old.

My sister, Dad and I (and some creepy doll).

It makes me realize how important it is create special holiday memories with my own family. Whether they are similar to the ones that my dad and mom created  with us or new traditions we create with my own family. We try to celebrate the holidays from before Thanksgiving until after New Years in many different ways. We like to do crafts,attend the Chicago Toy & Game Fair,  go to a holiday show, take a car ride to check out houses that are decorated for the holidays in our town, donate toys and go to breakfast with Santa are just some of the things we do during the holidays season. . Thanksgiving is just days away and of course that means many of our holiday traditions are based around food. Nothing wrong with that, right?


For more than 60 years Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. If you are like me than you most likely  have distinct memories of Hickory Farms from growing up. I have fond memories of visiting our local mall with my parents and stopping in the Hickory Farms store. You could find me near the samples tasting the yummy cheeses and the signature summer sausage. You can find amazing gift ideas on their site, and their products in over 600 retail holiday Markets, Kiosks and select retail stores in North America. A tray of meat and cheese from Hickory Farms was always a treat at Christmas dinner.

Hickory Farms not only embraces passing down traditions through generations of families, but also creating new traditions and sharing them with loved ones.

 My kids at Rudolph in Chicago last Christmas.

 What are your favorite Holiday Traditions?

Disclosure: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.