Category Archives: Traditions

New Year Goals

It is hard to believe but here we are again beginning a new year! 2020 will be a wonderful year especially if we set reasonable resolutions and goals that can be achieved. What are some ways to set attainable goals for the new year? Here are some ideas:

  1. Be specific! The more specific one is about the goal, the more the idea will be kept at the forefront of their mind.
  2. Pick a goal that can reasonably be achieved or begun in the amount of time set. Sometimes a goal may take longer so if you think of it in stages to reach the larger goal, you will ultimately achieve it.
  3. Make sure to reward yourself if you achieve small goals because it will keep you motivated!
  4. Set a small number of goals instead of a large number. If you set a manageable amount, you will be more likely to keep track and reach your desired goals!
  5. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Be kind to yourself if you slip up on your goals–don’t give up, get right back to trying!




Planning Your Family Reunion

When it comes to planning a family reunion, it can be a daunting task with many details that must be addressed. However, with careful planning and help a wonderful event that includes wonderful memories and moments can be achieved.

Here are some suggestions to help you plan your event:

1. Delegate! The phrase ” It takes a village” applies to tasks like this in the most practical sense. Relying on other family members to help share in tasks keeps everything manageable.

2. Look for event centers that have a wide variety of price ranges and packages to work with your needs. The Patrician offers a wide range of catering packages.

3. Add personal family memories to the decor for your event. Family members will enjoy reminders of family moments and major events.

4. Always have a back-up plan and start early. This is one situation where Murphy’s Law definitely applies! Being prepared for every eventuality will ensure there are no last minute surprises.

5. Lastly, enjoy the process! It is a wonderful thing to bring loved ones together.

Making that New Year’s Eve Resolution

New year resolution planning on a blackboard, future target

Did you know that New Year’s resolutions started as early as ancient Babylon? At the start of the year, the Babylonians used to resolve to pay off their debts.

On December 31, it’s time to wipe away regrets of the past, charge forward to resolve problems and get ahead.

We’ve harvested some suggestions for resolutions. Here are that struck us as being fresh:

Additional Resources

“50 New Year’s Resolution Ideas And How To Achieve Each Of Them”

“Top 50 New Year Resolutions”

And for the career-minded:

“10 Professional Resolutions for the New Year”

Feasting like the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag

Native American Food In Baskets At A Market


We all know about the typical holiday fare: turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes. A little googling, though, reveals some interesting facts about what the Pilgrims and Wampanoag were most likely to have indulged in on their historical three day feast, which by the way was not actually the first Thanksgiving. Natives had had harvest feasts for many years leading up to this first big shared feast, and Europeans had various versions of autumn feasting as well, some of which were called “Thanksgiving” feasts.

The Wampanoag were likely to have brought to the table not potatoes (because potatoes were actually only grown in South America during this time) but a variety of exotic seafood including lobster and oysters. The English were not huge seafood eaters, sticking largely to fish.

Native foods almost certainly included squash, beans, cornbread and turkey to the table. Maybe even fried green tomatoes! Other seasonal foods may have included native fruits: cranberries, plums, melons. The English could have contributed items such as grain breads, chickens, eggs, cheese, turnips, cabbage, carrots, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. There may have been beer, but more likely the only beverage was water.

We’ve gathered up these resources for native recipes, which may be a meaningful and interesting contribution to your holiday table this year!

Washington Post: “How to eat like a Native American this Thanksgiving”
The grape, squash and green pea salad in this looks intriguing!

NPR: “The Native American Side Of The Thanksgiving Menu”
Roasted Maple Brined Turkey Breast With Crab Apple And Cranberry Relish

Seasonal Chef: “A Native American Thanksgiving Feast”
Bread Pudding with Pumpkin and Cranberries

Table manners

Don’t Talk With Your Mouth Full and Other Helpful Formal Dining Tidbits

Table manners

Perplexed as to how to handle all three forks to the left of your plate? Or just need some friendly reminders? This video from “The Distilled Man” is a thorough and entertaining 10 minute guide for your next formal dining experience.

Table Manners 101: Basic Dining Etiquette

Some takeaways from the video:

  • Exercising manners shows consideration towards others.
  • No phones!
  • Napkin goes on lap.
  • Use utensils from “out” to “in” for each course.
  • It’s OK to eat corn-on-the-cob, etc., with your fingers!
  • If leaving your place at the table, to make sure servers do not take your plate before you are done, place your fork and your knife at the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock position, respectively.

And it’s good to stay away from talking about religion and politics in formal company in most contexts!

Fun reads

“10 Rude Manners That Are Actually Polite in Other Countries”
In China, it’s OK to “burp and slurp.”

“A Humorous Approach to Table Manners – The Pig Who Saved Dinner”
A great way to teach table manners to children…

“The Rudest Things You Can Do When You’re Eating, According To Etiquette Experts”
The #1 sin is to make dining out all about food and not the people we are with.