Holiday Traditions (and a Delicious Giveaway!)

| November 30, 2012 | 63 Comments

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.

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. jan says:

    All Day Celebration sounds nice to me!

  2. 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.

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  6. Ellen says:

    My absolute favorite Hickory Farms is still the Beef Stick with the Honey Mustard!

  7. Natalie S says:

    The Grand Nut Party Assortment looks great!

  8. Natalie S says:

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  10. Valerie says:

    I love their summer sausage!

  11. 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!!

  12. jon brierton says:

    … Hickory Farms = summer sausage (IMHO) …

  13. Kate says:

    Good luck with your holiday get-together!

  14. Lee says:

    The Deluxe Smokehouse Selection Collection Gift Box looks really good.

  15. Jessica To says:

    I like the tin of Colossal Cashews.

  16. Jessica To says:

    I like Hickory Farms on facebook.

  17. Jessica To says:

    I like Sarah’s Cucina Bella on facebook!

    • Sarah W. Caron says:

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

  18. D Schmidt says:

    My favorite item from their site is the Holiday Petits Fours

  19. D Schmidt says:

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  21. Sarah Hall says:

    I would love to receive the Hickory Holiday Reserve basket.

  22. Gabrielle says:

    The Beef Hickory Sampler seems like a great combo! Who doesn’t love summer sausage and cheese???

  23. Gabrielle says:

    Liked you on facebook :)

  24. Kristin says:

    I’d love to try the orchard preserves!

  25. Kristin says:

    I like your page on Facebook!

  26. Kristin says:

    I’m following Hickory Farms on Twitter!

  27. Kristin says:

    I’m following you on Twitter!

  28. patsy 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!

  29. Neiddy Ruiz says:

    My favorite is the Grand Snack Tower, it has a little bit of everything and the price is very reasonable

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  34. Josephine says:

    The beef hearty hickory basket sounds and looks yummy!! …… I sense a prego craving coming on! Hehe:)

  35. Kelly D says:

    I like their Sharp Cheese Ball

  36. Kelly D says:

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  38. Jennai says:

    I think the Vineyards and Orchards basket would be awesome

  39. Jennai says:

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  43. judy gardner says:

    i like the party planner box

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  48. Louis says:

    The Deluxe Smokehouse Gift Basket.

  49. Meryl says:

    I like the Artisan Gift Basket.

  50. Ashley H says:

    I like the perfect picnic basket.

  51. Ashley H says:

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  55. Shawn says:

    The Deluxe Smokehouse Selection looks great.

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  58. leti says:

    I like the home for the holidays gift basket

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