I love this picture for a whole lot of reasons. It was taken around Thanksgiving a couple years after college, and I was in D.C. visiting some wonderful friends who I don’t see nearly enough of anymore. I also think the look of uncertainty and apprehension on my face is a perfect summary of the whole thing. I’ve been vegetarian for years, yet I decided to help with the turkey. The turkey, of all things. We named him Hamilton (I told you I nickname everything…), and I hear he was delicious. It’s fun memories like this that make the holidays something to look forward to every year, not the last-minute shopping, gift-wrapping, and fighting traffic.
We all know that scents and memories are tied together like nothing else. That’s why, even though I haven’t eaten the turkey at Thanksgiving in something like seven years now, I still love the smell of it roasting for hours as everyone gathers into a too-small kitchen to catch up over glasses of wine.
Another scent that immediately evokes the holidays for me? Chai. When we were back in high school, I used to drive my brother and I to school in my baby blue station wagon. Yes, my station wagon. With a peace frog sticker on the back. I got an iced chai one morning, and I insisted he try it. He promptly chased it with something less ‘appalling’ and informed me that it tasted like Christmas, and not in a good way. Ever since then, I think of my brother – and Christmas – every time I drink anything with that spicy flavor, including pumpkin spice!
Dunkin’ Donuts® packaged coffee is available at your local grocery store. The new seasonal varieties even have a cute gift tag on them so it’s easy to use them as stocking stuffers or hostess gifts, so stock up, and keep a wide variety on hand to share with guests and bring to last minute holiday parties.
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