Coffee is my only Tradition
It’s hard to remember to slow down and in a world of now now now it’s becoming more difficult to find reasons to do so. As a member of a giant family who has always had a full-fledged business to run or yet another baby to raise there are few moments left. As fun as they've always sounded, making Holiday traditions was not something that could take precedence over just LETTING things happen.
We tried to hide the pickle every year, there in the folds of the faux-pine, but this tradition was shot quickly down as we lost the pickle (forgot about it) by the second year.
We tried going tree hunting but turns out I’m the only one hunting for a tree that doesn’t require assembly and get packed up again for next year.
We tried to do the present swaps back and forth but all that happened was the family began to pass around the very ugliest, most horrible gift they could come up with: Two decades later there is still a stupid wooden nutcracker floating around that is re-gifted often to newlyweds. Each of us dreads opening presents of a similar size/shape with the fear that we might end up with it again.
Here’s what we found:
The only tradition you need is to show up.
Here’s what we do now:
Every Thanksgiving morning, Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning the single tradition has become meeting in the kitchen as each person stretches out, wakes up and peels away from their blankets.
Dad is always up first. He is in his blue Nautica robe (seriously, every year; I can’t even buy him a new one.) and flannel pajama bottoms. His hair stands straight up from the top of his head (we call it mad scientist hair.).
The single word is all that matters to start our festivities. We've done the Kopi Luwak, the Weasel Poop Coffee, espresso, Turkish, vacuum... most caffeinated, highest elevation roasted, etc. If there is a way to drink it, we've had it. Yes, we are coffee connoisseurs and have earned the right to say so.
I cannot tell you there is a favorite or a best (though Kopi really is as good as they say.) but I can tell you the current ‘tradition’ is to use the Nespresso Machine. It’s quick and easy and tastes far superior to like machines.
Smooth, delicious pods are not only amazing in your cup: They look great on your counter! The machine doesn't take up much space so it’s perfect for any size kitchen; I kept one in my cubicle at work and my father keeps one in the back of his Land Rover (seriously, it runs back there.).
There are tons of flavors to try!