If you read my books, you’ll often find my family traditions popping up in characters’ lives. Traditions are often how we define ourselves and our origins, remind ourselves of loved ones and experience the comfort of home.
Some traditions I’ve developed over time, from new relatives as we joined together to make a family and I’ve kept them even as the family, sadly, broke off into different limbs.
It’s a blending, just as Americans, we become more and more blended with the traditions of immigrants as they come into our lives, yet hold onto what we hold dear.
It can be as simple as a meal. My mother came from a “high German” tradition, so everything went on serving platters before it went on the table. My dad…not so much! A pot was perfectly fine on the table…in fact, he sometimes ate directly from the pot while standing, much to my mother’s horror!
New Year’s has become a blend of many things in my family, especially now that it’s just my husband and I. I love an evening of good wine, food we never have any other time (I’ve experimented with lobster, paté and multiple kinds of cheeses).
And movies…lots and lots of romantic, schmaltzy movies…..French Kiss with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, When Harry Met Sally with Billy Chrystal and Meg Ryan, anything with Julia Roberts, Overboard with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn… What are your favorite movies?
New Year’s Day is the Rose Parade! Accompanied by Eggs Benedict (homemade Hollandaise sauce by my DH) and champagne. (Do you sense a theme here?) It’s also one of the few days that I’ll become engrossed in a football game!
This year the holiday is even more special — my new contemporary romance, California Wine, was released yesterday!
Single mother Elizabeth Ladina is done with men. From her father on down, all they want to do is control her life. Italian Marcos Gamari has one goal in life – to create the world’s finest wine from the best vineyards in the world.
What could they possibly have in common?
Blog hop is over!
Winners will be chosen January 7th!