This is one of our long standing traditions. My dad always makes the mashed potatoes...no matter what holiday, no matter who's house we are at. Actually, my grandfather and my dad used to do it together, and then it became my dad and my "thing" and now it's my dad and Cj's. Don't mess with my dad (he's "Gamps" to the kids) when it comes to the mashed potatoes... he takes great pride in them....and eats it up (literally) when all of us ooh and ahh over how scrumptous they taste!! See below how he is pouring in the warmed buttermilk at just the right intervals (he's an aeronautical engineer--a mathematician; so yes, he does calculate the right intervals). And let me just tell you...I know they are only mashed potatoes--but dad makes a mean batch of warm, buttery, salty (but not too much), milky, soft mashed poatoes!!!
And CJ is so proud of the fact that Gamps has let him join in with the tradition; he is so proud that Gamps actually lets him mix/beat the potatoes.....actually, what CJ doesn't realize is that Gamps probably couldn't wait for CJ to want to join in!!
I love traditions... I love to get excited about them and I love to see my kids getting excited about them... Do you all have any fun traditions that always stick out?? How many of you watch "A Christmas Story" for 24hrs straight every year??