(ARA) – Whether your family is celebrating the holidays on the coast of Atlanta or the coast of Maui, one central value bonds families together during this season – tradition. Regardless of locale, every family embraces annual rituals in which they partake, whether it’s fighting over the wishbone on the Thanksgiving turkey or strolling the neighborhood to view holiday lights on Christmas Eve.
On the islands of Hawaii, the holiday season is a significant time of year for native families, each holding unique traditions of their own. Some of these include hosting a Thanksgiving or Christmas luau where friends and family will roast a Kalua pig and feast on traditional pupus (appetizers). Although the tradition may seem a bit foreign to families on the mainland, there is one purpose intended … to spread the holiday spirit.
In the same island spirit, King’s Hawaiian has created a batch of recipes and tips for the holiday season that fosters a variety of traditions for every family home.
Flavorful and easy-to-prepare holiday recipes:
- 1 loaf King's Hawaiian Bread
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup egg nog
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg (if not included in the egg nog ingredients)
- Slice bread crosswise so that each slice is about 1-inch thick. Cut slices in half.
- Combine remaining ingredients. Quickly dip slices (do not soak) in egg mixture and cook on hot buttered or oiled griddle until golden brown on both sides.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with warm syrup.
Tips for keeping old traditions and creating new ones:
Keep it in the family – Sometimes new and exciting holiday pastimes can be found within your own family. Start by researching your ancestors or nationality to see if there are historical traditions that would complement your annual gatherings.
Find new ways to decorate the tree as a family – Host a Christmas tree decorating party where each family member creates their own ornament that reflects a significant event or pastime. This is a great way to bring loved ones together for a seasonal party with layered themes.
Decorate progressively – Instead of unpacking the holiday decorations in mass, try putting up one decoration per day beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Allow a different member of your family to decide the next day’s decoration.
Cook an annual dish – Try developing a holiday tradition with flavor that everyone will remember. Create a recipe that can be shared year-after-year with your family. If you don’t have enough time to create a recipe, borrow one.
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