Holiday Traditions (and a Delicious Giveaway!)

When I was talking to my cousin on the phone last night, a wistful wave rose up inside me. Would our family see each other all at once this holiday season? It’s been two years since our last family holiday party. Last year’s was cancelled due to an illness in the family (fortunately, that family member is doing fine now). It’s been an annual tradition for years, and one we love.

I’d happily host the party myself, but my small house couldn’t hold my big, close knit family. At least not comfortably.

“So. Is anyone having a holiday party?”

I asked, knowing that I don’t have a solution for where to have it. I asked, knowing that it’s been a tough year all around.

“I don’t know. But that’s an idea we should think about,” she replied … or something like that. And hopefully we will.

This is a holiday tradition that I really cherish. Our big, crazy family includes many kids all within a few years of each other who adore each other’s company. We don’t always all agree (including, ahem, about the election …), but we love each other and coming together is something worth continuing. I’m afraid that if we don’t find a way to make it work this year, the tradition might be lost.

So, keep your fingers crossed for us that we can find a way to make the annual family holiday party happen this year.

What are your family’s holiday traditions?

My husband’s traditions include Hickory Farms. His grandfather used to always bring a Hickory Farms gift to holiday gatherings, which they would break open and share. As Shawn remembers it, his grandfather would head to a Hickory Farms kiosk in a nearby mall to buy it each year. It was such a simple thing, but it was tradition — and one that is recalled so fondly.

Are you familiar with Hickory Farms? They’ve been around for more than 60 years, producing baskets filled with meats, cheeses and more that are perfect for slicing and sharing among family and friends. When one arrived recently at our house, Shawn was struck with a bit of nostalgia, remembering the holidays of his childhood. It’s kind of sweet that something so simple can elicit such great memories.

Want to get some Hickory Farms of your own? You can purchase gifts at or at any of the 700 holiday stores and kiosks around North America. It’s also sold in select retailers.

You can also enter a fun little Hickory Farms giveaway here on Sarah’s Cucina Bella.

Photo courtesy of Hickory Farms


Hickory Farms Giveaway

Hickory Farms has generously offered to give one Family Favorites gift box to a lucky Sarah’s Cucina Bella reader. The box, valued at $25.50, includes their Signature Beef Summer Sausages, creamy Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar cheeses, Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers and Mini Melt Away Mints.

Congrats to the winner, Jessica, who was commenter #16! I will be contacting you via email.


Disclaimer: 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.


  1. Dorothea says

    I love Hickory Farms Summer Sausage and Cheese Gift Box! – I ordered one when I was stationed in Afghanistan and wanted to share a taste of home with my fellow soldiers. We had a cheese, sausage, and cracker party when the package arrived and it cheered everyone up! And I was really happy that Hickory Farms was willing to ship my package to such a remote place – not all companies did.

  2. Poopsey Marie says

    What’s Christmas shopping at the mall w/o Stopping to buy Hickory Farms to take home? Our favs are the Smokes Gouda & Smoked Cheddar paired with the Beef Summer Sausage.
    Thanks for a chance to win. Merry Christmas!!

    • Sarah W. Caron says

      Congratulations, Jessica! The Random Number Generator selected comment #16 as the winner. I will be emailing you shortly.

  3. says

    I remember every December Hickory Farms would suddenly appear in my local mall… and someone would end up giving us a gift box from them! My boys would go crazy over it!

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