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Gift A Feast

Family holiday traditions
By Gypsy Achong

Family holiday traditionsDo you have any holiday traditions that are unique to your family? If you're like most of my friends, your initial answer to that question is, "No. We just do all the regular holiday stuff."

That's was my response, until last week, when a friend told me about her family's holiday tradition, which she assumed was perfectly common.

Every December, her grandmother would make a gingerbread church, complete with stained glass sugar windows, icing-decorated trees, and a reindeer-powered sleigh with Santa holding the reins, leaving parallel tracks in a blanket of shredded coconut "snow." She and her cousins would admire it throughout the holidays, and on New Year's Day, they would all meet at Grandma's house to tear it down and eat it. It had never occurred to her that this was an unusual tradition until I burst into horrified laughter.

That's when I realized we all have traditions that are unique to our family. In my household, we host a Caribbean feast on Christmas Day, because that's what my grandmother always did. Another friend told me her aunt always makes an antipasti platter for Christmas Eve, and she can't get into the holiday spirit without rolled-up tubes of ham and salami. Yet another friend told me that his family goes out to dinner at a local café every Christmas Eve.

"Who does that?" I asked, before remembering my manners.

"I never really thought about it," he said. "It's just something we've always done.  It's not even a particularly good restaurant. But it's our tradition, and no one ever questions it."

I'm willing to bet that your family has some traditions that are - shall we say - outside the box. Maybe it's a special dish that always makes an appearance on the holiday buffet, even though everyone hates it. Perhaps it's an offensive version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, or a recycled gift - or joke - that just won't die.

Whatever it is, we'd love to hear about it. Please share your "only in our family" holiday traditions with us.

Happy Holidays!

Buzz about Gift A Feast
By Gypsy Achong

Over the last few years, several bloggers have reviewed our products.  Below I have aggregated links to their reviews:

Food Gal - August 24 2015

"Perk up summer salads with a zesty vinaigrette of California olive oil, late harvest Viognier-honey vinegar and mustard made with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It’s easy to do so with Gift A Feast ..." Read more.

Anna Colibri's Success Story Series - July 22, 2015

"an international woman of style and substance whose business, Gift A Feast, provides local artisan food gifts to a national audience." Read more.

Crafty Moms Share - April 30, 2015

"Are you looking for the perfect gift for someone who does not really need anything? Want something different from the norm, then this review is for you!!" Read more.

Karla Davis - The Classy Woman - April 27, 2015

"I love providing gifts that offer an experience and Gift a Feast does just that. ... This is the perfect solution if you're looking for a unique gift with a personal touch but are too busy and don't have the time to pull it all together." Read more.

Jennie Fields - Pastry Chef Online - December 10, 2014

"How cool is Gift a Feast? These guys find deliciousness in the Bay Area, package them up into wonderful gift boxes and baskets, and then ship them wherever you want them to." Read more.

Inspired by Savannah - April 30, 2014

"As I browsed the Gift A Feast website, I was amazed at their product offering, and wished I could have one of each. :-)" Read more.

New Age Mama - March 31, 2014

"Gift a Feast is a wonderful way to give a unique gift to a special lady in your life." Read more.

The Good Stuff Guide - December 16 2013

"Gift A Feast – A San Fran company that ships beautifully wrapped artisan flavors and goodies." Read more.

Farminista's Feast - December 14 2013

"Looking for a distinctive gift that showcases the best of the San Francisco artisan food scene? Entrepreneur Gypsy Achong has done all the leg work so you don’t have to!" Read more.

Food Guru - December 12 2013

"Gift a Feast vets, tastes and partner ups all their artisans. The receiver gets a memorable gift giving them a feast worth celebrating." Read more.

The Picky Eater - December 1 2013

"THE MERE IDEA OF giving -- or getting -- another fatty summer sausage, cheese-free cheese log or a box of waxy, substandard chocolates this upcoming holiday season makes me crazy. I don't want to eat it, and I don't want anyone else to eat it either. If I'm giving food, it needs to be authentic, incredible food made by people who know what they're doing. Thankfully, at least one company is on the same page." Read more.

Food Gal - November 11 2013

"As you start making your holiday list and checking it twice, you just might want to consider Gift A Feast for the foodies in your life." Read more

Chic Luxuries - October 23 2013

"We found the perfect gift for business associates or to serve at holiday parties, it's the A Feast of Appetizers from Gift A Feast. ... To say we were overwhelmed is an understatement, it was as though we were dining in countryside cafe in Tuscany. This will be a gift the recipient will be talking about all year." Read more

Sammi's Blog of Life - October 19 2013

"If you're thinking of what appetizers to serve for Thanksgiving, why not let Gift a Feast help?" Read more.

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