Every Christmas, my family revisits traditions that bring us closer together and remind us to reach out to others.
As a mom and grandmother, I’m the keeper of our family’s holiday traditions—passed down to my children like heirlooms. After all, that’s how I learned the secrets of making bread, from my Grandmother Gommey. She first showed me how to knead the dough for her yeast rolls when I was just a girl. (Her recipe is the same one used in Sister Schubert’s® products today.)
From my grandchildren’s annual pageant to making favorites for Christmas dinner, my family repeats our rituals year after year. Yet there’s a constant amid all the hustle and bustle that’s become a tradition itself: a pause to visit with one another or drop-in guests over warm cinnamon rolls with a side of hot cocoa.
Of course, I usually pop the Sister Schubert’s® Cinnamon Rolls I keep in my freezer into the oven, then top each mug of cocoa with a big swirl of whipped cream for fun. The British have their crumpets with their afternoon tea; my family serves scrumptious cinnamon rolls for our afternoon pick-me-up.
Plus, the tradition is just a good excuse to use the dessert plate from my holiday china and sit down for a nice, long chat. Handing over that plate of rolls, oozing with icing, is like handing someone an invitation to stay for awhile. It’s a way to share something nourishing and warm—and to share a few minutes together.
Visiting with people plays a big part in another of my family’s holiday traditions: For years, we’ve joined our church’s effort to personally deliver holiday meals to older people who can’t get out much anymore. The meals include Sister Schubert’s® Parker House Style Yeast Rolls, donated for the cause, and I like to stay and talk with the people when we take in the food.
I like to visit with them so much that I slow down the delivery caravan! We don’t always make our delivery quota for the day when I’m the one knocking on the doors. These seniors are just so interesting—with decades of living behind them and a life’s worth of wisdom to share.
You may do the same kind of thing during the holidays, whether through a church, a local food bank or a group like Meals on Wheels. Delivering food is a great way to naturally connect with people during this time of year and to show you care.
Our family also makes a tradition of trying to remember people that need a little extra love on Christmas Day itself. We may invite a neighbor who’s spending their first Christmas alone to join our holiday table. If they can’t, or don’t feel up to it, we’ll wrap up a plate with all the holiday fixings and deliver it to their door. We love to take along kids and grandkids, so at an early age they get a glimpse of what it means to think about others on a day when it’s easy to focus on our inner circles and the gifts we’ve received.
You know, the holiday season comes at a chilly time of the year, but with traditions that involve reaching out to others, it can also be the warmest. #ShareWarmth
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