Momma Told Me: The Definition Of Tradition- And Hickory Farms #Giveaway~ 11/30

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The Definition Of Tradition- And Hickory Farms #Giveaway~ 11/30


Holiday Fruit and Cheese Platter- Hickory Farms is a tradition that marks the holiday season. Around since 1951, the fine foods and gifts crafted by Hickory Farms help forge traditions and bring people together. #HickoryTradition (ad)
Momma Told Me: Some traditions are full of flavor.

Tradition. Without it the holidays just wouldn't be the same.

Whether your family follows a strict ritual of gatherings, food, and entertainment, or enjoys a more relaxed and casual season, there's bound to be at least a few things that continue to return year-after-year. For example, every year since 1986 (and you can check their butt tags) our family has brought our a pair of beanbag reindeer in red flannel pajamas. They're small, handheld, plush characters I truly don't know much about, other than that they were added to our family's heirlooms the year I was born.
It may seem like such a small tradition, these little floppy reindeer, but they have been kept in impeccable condition, and they have made an appearance every year regardless of the situation. The year I spent the holidays with my grandparents back East, the year my mother boldly wore a bald head to Thanksgiving dinner just weeks after chemotherapy, the year I returned home after college, the year no other decoration went up or came out- those tiny reindeer sat on our couch a strong reminder of the love and memories we all have shared. It's such a silly thing, really, they do nothing more than sit there, and yet, it wouldn't be the holidays without them. I one day hope they will appear on my children's couch for their children to admire.
Tradition is a funny thing.

At the holidays, it is so often rooted deep in food. A special fruit salad your Great Aunt might make, the cookie recipe you first watched your grandmother make, the tradition of tho gets to carve the turkey. Why? Because food is such an easy way to connect. We come together at holiday celebrations and share life's triumphs, pain, and strangeness (there is a LOT of strangeness in my family, we like to have fun,) over delicious food made with love. Hickory Farms is a tradition that marks the holiday season. Around since 1951, the fine foods and gifts crafted by Hickory Farms help forge traditions and bring people together. #HickoryTradition (ad)
Growing up half of my family was always clear across the country. We tried to celebrate twice, but rarely was everyone all together at once. One way we shared memories and traditions across the miles was through Hickory Farms holiday gifts. Every year, early November the holiday Summer Sausages and seasonal gift boxes would appear in grocery and department store displays. Momma was always sure to grab a Summer Sausage for my father's stocking, and I would help pick out the perfect bundle of delicious Hickory Farms food to send to my grandparents in Massachusetts. Come Christmas morning I'd munch on some of dad's delicious treats; cheese slices on rich buttery crackers, while we listened to our family across the country open their presents in excitement. Grandpa never failed to feign surprise as he opened his Hickory Farms gifts!
Hickory Farms is a tradition that marks the holiday season. Around since 1951, the fine foods and gifts crafted by Hickory Farms help forge traditions and bring people together. #HickoryTradition (ad)
The past few years in our family the holidays have been far from traditional, so it has been especially important to keep the traditions, flavors, and symbols of our family's traditions alive and present no matter the circumstance. My cousin is now married, and has begun a family of her own, and my nieces and nephews have moves several states away. I'll admit, sometimes I get a little sad to know that things are changing. However, I am confident in knowing that change can, while scary, can e great. One day soon I will be forging my own family traditions, and I know we will all reunite again as the big family my late grandmother so loved.
Hickory Farms is a tradition that marks the holiday season. Around since 1951, the fine foods and gifts crafted by Hickory Farms help forge traditions and bring people together. #HickoryTradition (ad)
Hickory Farms is a tradition that marks the holiday season. Around since 1951, the fine foods and gifts crafted by Hickory Farms help forge traditions and bring people together. #HickoryTradition (ad)
Hickory Farms is a tradition that marks the holiday season. Around since 1951, the fine foods and gifts crafted by Hickory Farms help forge traditions and bring people together. #HickoryTradition (ad)
This year, for Thanksgiving, I will actually be traveling to spend the holiday with Momma. It will be the first holiday we're shared in a decade. I am, understandably, excited. It will also be my first holiday outside of Southern California in quite some time, and I am told I might even get to see snow- another first much long past a decade overdue! And, while the passing of time, and the reflection of memories might make me feel old, or even melancholy, when I look back at the years I've enjoyed so far, I am most excited about the years that lie ahead.
Hickory Farms is a tradition that marks the holiday season. Around since 1951, the fine foods and gifts crafted by Hickory Farms help forge traditions and bring people together. #HickoryTradition (ad)
So, as I pack my suitcase to leave tomorrow I'm tucking a gift box of Hickory Farms favorites carefully into the bottom. Sure, Momma and I may be enjoying our favorites over wine, instead of milk, but the flavors and traditions remain rich and very much alive thanks to a brand that has been in our family since my own parents were children. Hickory Farms gift selection are available Holiday Market locations nationwide and online at HickoryFarms.com. Now, tell me, what are one of the first signs that the holidays have arrived for your family?

What Daughter Says: It's not the food that makes the memories flavorful, it's the people with which you share them.






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. #HickoryTradition

57 comments:

  1. I'd like to gift the Fresh From The Farm Gift Basket.

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  2. I'd like to gift the Fresh From The Farm Gift Basket.

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  3. I'd love to try the Simply Hickory Farms Gift Basket.

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  4. My dad LOVES Hickory Farms. It makes it so easy to get him a present come Christmas time because he can't get enough :)

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  5. My husband is a ginormous Hickory Farms fan. Every Christmas I get him a huge amount of it for one of his presents.

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  6. I would love to gift the Hickory Farms All Day Celebration Gift Box to my sister!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  7. I like the All The Cellar's Best.

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  8. I would love the Fresh From The Farm Gift Basket

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  9. I would love the Deluxe Smokehouse basket!

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  10. I am really excited about their new "simply" line! I want to try the simply sausage and cheese duo!

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  11. We would love the milk chocolate sea salt caramels.

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  12. I have only heard good things about Hickory Farms. Their food looks delicious. I actually think they set up a booth this time of year at the local mall. I will have to check that out.

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  13. The summer beef sausage is always my go to for gifting, starting with my demanding husband who requires Hickory Farms every year!

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  14. Visited the site and I really like the Holiday Shortbread Sampler

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  15. These looks so good! I need to pick this up for my Thanksgiving party we are having this week. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  16. Snowflake Pretzels is something I would like to try.

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  17. I would like to try their Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

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  18. I would like to gift the milk chocolate sea salt caramels.

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  19. Wow this looks awesome. I would love a box like this.. This looks great! - Jeanine

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  20. For our family, we have a tradition that we always have to have a Hickory Farms gift box! It's just not the holidays without it! we love to share the meats and cheeses as a family as we watch a holiday movie.

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  21. When I think of Hickory Farms, I think of the Beef Summer Sausage. That is so good. It's my favorite thing to buy there.

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  22. I know some people who hate getting gifts like these little food sets from Hickory Farms, but I love them. I go ham on everything that comes in them. If we ever get them during holidays the meats and cheeses are all mine.

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  23. We always stock up on our favorite Hickory Farms products during the holidays. I will have to pick up a Hickory Farms All Day Celebration Gift Box to try.

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  24. That gift box will be such a nice surprise. The first signs of the holidays for me are when I start cooking for Thanksgiving.

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  25. I love the chocolate truffles you can get at Hickory Farms on the holidays. They make a great gift for any chocolate lover.

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  26. Hickory Farms All Day Celebration Gift Box looks like it has a great assortment of products to try. I will have to pick up a few to give as gifts this holiday season.

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  27. Hickory Farms always has great products! Getting a gift box like that would be awesome!

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  28. It all looks so good. I will need to enter.

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  29. I would love to get the Winter Wonderland Gift Basket as a Christmas gift.

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  30. I'd love to try the Hickory Farms Summer Sausage and Cheese Gift Box.

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  31. My oh my, the platter looks lovely! I love how you arranged everything.

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  32. This stuff looks amazing! I love how beautiful they package their snacks and treats!

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  33. What a gorgeous cheese tray appetizer presentation. And that giveaway sounds great, entering now

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  34. Well that edible Christmas tree kind of is amazing. I would love to recreate that one!

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  35. This makes me think of my Gram who we lost almost 20 years ago. We always got her a Hickory Farms basket for Christmas.

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  36. I went to their site and I would love this one for a soldier Hickory Farms Warm & Hearty Welcome Gift Box
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    http://www.hickoryfarms.com/gifts/gift-boxes/hickory-farms-warm-and-hearty-welcome-gift-box-007119.html
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    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  37. I would also love the beef hearty box. Thank you for the chance :)

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  38. I would really like this one! The pears look so good

    http://www.hickoryfarms.com/gifts/gift-baskets-and-towers/fresh-from-the-farm-gift-basket-026202.html

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  39. I would love to get the Hickory Farms Summer Sausage and Cheese Gift Box, it looks really good and I know my family would like it. Thank you.

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  40. I would love to have the Hickory Farms Home for the Holidays Gift Box.

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  41. I would love to try the Fresh From The Farm Gift Basket.

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  42. The Spiral Sliced Honey Gold Ham looks delicious.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  43. I would like the all day celebration gift box--thanks!

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  44. Hickory Farms Summer Sausage and Cheese Gift Box looks so amazing wonderful holiday gifts.

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  45. Hickory Farms Summer Sausage and Cheese Gift Box looks so amazing wonderful holiday gifts.

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  46. I would love to try the Hickory Farms Holiday Cravings Assortment

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  47. The Hickory Farms All Day Celebration Gift Box looks like a great gift idea!

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  48. The Grand Gift Snack Tower looks so yummy + would make a great gift.

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  49. I'd love to gift their Hickory Farms Grand Gourmet Holiday Collection basket.

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  50. I would try the Orchard's Bounty Gift Basket

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  51. My hubby would like their Holiday Treasure Chest basket.

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  52. I want their beef summer sausage and some of the farmhouse sharp cheddar cheese.

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  53. Hickory Farms Grand Gift Snack Tower would be lovely for a gift or for my family also.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  54. I would love to try the Hickory Farms Signature Party Planner Gift Box.

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  55. I'd like to try the Winter Wonderland Gift Basket
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  56. These are some beautiful pictures, looks very decadent!

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