Mashed potatoes can teach us a lot about tradition.
Every family has their preferred way of making them. Some people leave skins on, while others choke on the thought. Big chunks of potato make some people smile with glee, while only a smooth and creamy texture will do for purists.
No matter what style a family favors, they will make their mashed potatoes the same way, every year. Especially on Thanksgiving. People are VERY loyal to their mashed potatoes.
’We ALWAYS make mashed potatoes the same way.’
’That’s NOT how we do it here.’
‘We are NOT going to try something new on Thanksgiving.’
Tradition is important on much more than a side dish at the holidays. Traditions are what we have decided is supposed to happen at a certain time at a certain place.
This shared knowledge amongst a group delivers great comfort and communicates what matters. It’s no wonder mashed potatoes are the quintessential comfort food!
Thanksgiving will soon be here and we’ll be asked to give thanks. Get a head-start on the holiday and spend time considering:
- What matters most to you?
- What traditions do you want to pass on to your kids and the next generation?
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that one of the traditions in my family involves The Birthday Bin. Learn more about in Three Easy Ways to Help Your Kids Be Kind, Grateful and Celebrated.