Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is upon us! While it can sometimes be overwhelming to see Christmas decorations shortly after Halloween, I do love this time of year, especially all the traditions that go along with it. For example, our Thanksgiving traditions growing up were a little unique; instead of turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, as Italian-Americans our feasts included things like Italian wedding soup and lasagna.  I remember the first time I experienced a more “typical” Thanksgiving with sweet potatoes, ham and pecan pie; while I appreciated the difference, my stomach will forever crave lasagna for Thanksgiving.


My Christmas traditions, on the other hand, have evolved since finding out Santa Clause doesn’t exist.  And even more so since moving to Texas, because not having snow for the holiday was a big adjustment.  However, now I get to enjoy one of Phillip’s family traditions—tamale making!  We gather around making loads of tamales, talking and laughing, which is perfect because I really enjoy the time spent with family around food.  A more recent Christmas tradition which we still try to partake in is a Christmas Day movie at the theater.  It’s nice to take a couple hours and really indulge in the Italian “dolce far niente,” which means the “sweetness of doing nothing.”

I’d love to hear about your family holiday traditions, whether they’re ones that have been cultivated over generations or are new in recent years. And, as this month’s Item of Value, I want to help you practice the “dolce far niente” with a chance to win dinner and a movie, on me. Just go to and register for the opportunity to pick up tickets to Alamo Drafthouse as a special treat for you and your loved ones. If a movie outing during the holidays isn’t something you already look forward to, perhaps it can become a new, stress-free holiday tradition! 


With Gratitude,  



Jessica Pino


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