Celebrating New Traditions During the Holidays…


There are many things I love in life. I love food, sleeping, good books, wine tasting, singing, musical theater, writing, traveling, dancing, saunas, charcuterie boards, new clothes, decorating, photography…the list goes on. I have never been one with a lack of passions.

However, there is something that trumps the rest and it is family (and friends who are like family). I am an Italiana girl at heart and I put my people first. I prioritize them and support them. My parents, sister and her adorable little family are my world and in the last couple years, a new person has emerged into my bubble, that being my boyfriend of course.

He is my best friend and family now too and along with that, his family has become mine and I am very grateful because I lucked out with them as I know very well that not all people can say the same about their “new families”. His family is wonderful and I have so much fun being around them.

This last Thanksgiving was the first holiday away from my own family, my originals. I spent it with Jason’s and it was so great having our first holiday together but also, to add a new tradition. Jason, though 6’2 and blonde, is also a quarter Vietnamese. The main tradition that they do to keep that part of their heritage alive is to make Vietnamese Spring Rolls. (They pronounce it Chow-Za, but I have no idea how to spell it so I’m just going to leave it at that).

Needless to say, I have never had Asian food on Thanksgiving (though we still had the full traditional Turkey Day dinner) but it was one tradition I am HAPPY to adopt. I took pictures of the process….and am starving and craving about 10 of them right now so I will just leave you to the pics…

….also, before I go. We are trying to think of holiday traditions to start as it is our first time living together during this season. We have a few ideas but I would love to hear if anyone had any that they do. Excited to hear!


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