Guest Post: Quirky Family Traditions from Theresa Meyers

November 23, 2011 Guest Posts 0

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Every family has their quirky traditions. Usually you don’t see them trotted out for public display until the holidays roll around. Like now.
One of our family traditions is to let the children start opening gifts on Winter Solstice. They get one gift a night of their choice to open until Christmas Eve. Everything gets opened then, and on Christmas morning is when the one gift from Santa is waiting for them. Another is to always bake two pies for thanksgiving, pumpkin and Amish Cream Pie (decadent and rich – there’s nothing like it.) My grandmother gave me the recipe and it’s one of the family favorites.
In fact, just because I think everyone should try it at least once to know the glory of Amish Cream Pie, I’ll share it with you:
Amish Sugar-Cream Pie:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
9-inch pie crust (lightly baked is best)
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In medium saucepan combine granulated sugar, salt and half-and-half. Bring to boiling, stirring occasionally.
In another saucepan (bigger one), combine brown sugar and cornstarch.
Gradually whisk in hot half-and-half mixture. Add butter over medium heat. Cook mixture, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until boiling and thickened. Simmer 1 minute.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour mixture into prepared pie crust. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake for 20 minutes or until top of pie is golden.
Place on wire rack. Pie filling will be loose but will thicken on cooling.  Cool completely before slicing.
But unlike the rest of us who only have traditions we have to deal with during the holidays, my O’Connell sisters aren’t that fortunate. They get to live with their quirky family traditions year around because of their unusual ability to see the fae in our world. Being able to see things no one else can made the eldest sister Catherine (Cate) feel like a bit of a freak when she was young. Know how everyone tells you how imaginative you are or to just ignore those pretend friends? Well for Cate, it was all very real. She couldn’t understand why her friends couldn’t see the fae just as easily as she could.
One family tradition the O’Connell sisters share in common is keeping a jar of iron nails by the front door. They always take a handful and put them in their pocket before they walk out the door. Iron is poisonous to fae, so it’s a protective measure. (Hell on the washing machine, if you forget to empty your pockets, however.)
Another family tradition the girls share is having a Midsummer’s Eve and Winter Solstice movie-thon. None of them want to go out on those two nights if they can help it, since that is when the fae are mostly likely to be out and about, and the veil between our world and their world is thinnest.
The O’Connell sisters also happen to share stirring their coffee or tea with a cinnamon stick in common and each of them has a second middle name of a scared/magical plant. Catherine Rowan Mary O’Connell, Margaret Mary Holly O’Connell, Clare Maven Rosemary O’Connell, and Jane Elizabeth Willow O’Connell. Their mother believed it would offer them a special measure of protection. See quirky family traditions are all over the place.
What’s your quirky family tradition?

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