(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hickory Farms)
When I was growing up, we had a great tradition of surprising other families over the holiday season. My mother would pack up a basket filled with fresh loaves of homemade bread, some fancy jams and jellies and other delicious snacks. My brother and I would choose one small toy for each child. Under the cover of night, we would drive to the family’s house and leave a beautifully composed basket on their doorstep, ring the bell and run away. Peeking through our car windows from a few houses away, we loved seeing the looks on their faces as they opened the door to this fun treat. I think we got more joy out the practice than they did.
Another fun tradition I enjoyed growing up was the holiday open house. Families would invite friends and relatives to stop by their home any time on a particular afternoon for delicious appetizers and desserts, as well as fun craft activities for the children. You never knew which of your friends would be there when you arrived and it made for a nice mix of people without too many at once. Instead of throwing an elaborate cocktail party or seated dinner, I think this type of entertaining takes a lot of the pressure off the hostess, as everything is made ahead of time and set out buffet-style. If I was attending an event like this now, I’d love to bring a Hickory Farms Reserve Cheddar Flight which includes perfectly paired dry cured salamis and cheddars. Instant party!
These are the sweet holiday traditions that I’d like to replicate with my own children. Last year, I think I fell down the rabbit hole of the December hustle and bustle of school concerts, teacher gifts, year-end donation requests, and holiday cards. This year, my goal is not to give in to stress and to make a concerted effort to enjoy these traditions and others with my children. The project I generally find most difficult is always ordering the Christmas card. Well guess what, here it is the week before Thanksgiving and it just arrived. Crossing that Herculean task off the list frees up time to start a new basket tradition. Unlike in the 80’s, we now have the internet and easy shipping, so I can send a Hickory Farms Sweet and Savory holiday gift basket directly to my friend’s house in a snap. My boys and I might even have enough time to attend the local Thanksgiving parade!
For more than 60 years Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. Many Americans have a distinct memory of Hickory Farms at their holiday gatherings; Hickory Farms is very proud to be a part of those nostalgic moments and continues to focus on and celebrate its long heritage of tradition and authentic holiday memories. Hickory Farms not only embraces passing down traditions through generations of families, but also creating new traditions and sharing them with loved ones.
You can purchase gift baskets at HickoryFarms.com or in one of nearly 600 Holiday Market stores and kiosks across North America, as well as in select retailers.
Want to win a gift basket?! Hickory Farms has generously offered a Beef and Turkey Hickory Sampler for you to give to the hostess of the next party you’re invited to (Or… to just eat. :) Your choice!) Enter below! (Note: While there are no nuts as ingredients directly in this basket, Hickory Farms facilities DO contain nuts, so the products may have come into contact with nut products.)
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. – Kate