Family Traditions Make the Holidays Special
Family traditions are important at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, as one might guess, as we have been a family-owned company for over 70 years. We’re proud to carry on the tradition of producing high-quality, high-yielding seed that Willard Latham began back in 1947.
With the holidays approaching and Christmas ads airing on TV, it’s difficult not to think of Christmas traditions. One tradition started by Willard’s wife, Evelyn, was giving popcorn balls to each of her 12 grandchildren when the family gathered on Christmas.
We also have a few holiday traditions at Latham Seeds. In the past on the first Friday of December, we host a Christmas potluck lunch. Each employee brings a dish to pass and we share a great meal together. The spread of food is always impressive! Everything from appetizers to desserts have been covered. During this time, each employee places a Christmas ornament with his or her name on the tree in our office lobby. Although Christmas celebrations at the Latham Seeds office will look a little different this year, we are excited about the opportunity to start a couple new Christmas traditions.
In my family, we also have a few traditions. As Thanksgiving ends, everyone gets excited to share the Christmas spirit! My mom, my sister, my aunt and I always go shopping on Black Friday. When we return from shopping, we assemble our Christmas tree while playing our favorite Christmas songs.
Another one of my family’s Christmas traditions is honoring loved ones who are no longer with us. My grandpa passed away in the fall of 2013 after battling ALS. Our church members are encouraged to bring plants or decorations to place by the alter in honor of family members. Each year our family purchases a poinsettia in memory of my Grandpa Jack. It’s a great reminder that he is with us during the Christmas season.
Traditions also provide us with a sense of community. Our neighbors gather at someone’s house on Christmas Eve morning for breakfast. My grandparents started this tradition many years ago, and we’re keeping it going. Everyone brings a dish to share, and we start our day with great company. It is always fun to catch up with everyone and their families!
Then on Christmas Eve night, my grandparents join us for homemade soup and sandwiches. After we finish eating, my sister and I open one present from under the tree. When we were younger, I was always so excited to get a sneak peak of what was to come the next morning. Last year, I got to open an extra special gift. My sister wrapped up pink balloons in a big box. When I opened that box, there was an announcement that she and her husband were expecting a baby girl in the spring! This had the whole family excited and surprised.
While most of these traditions seem small, they are what I look forward to each year! Below are links to a few holiday traditions shared by Latham Marketing Team Members:
- The Top 3 Cookies for Your Dessert Table by Kilah Hemesath
- Preparing for Christmas by Shannon Latham
- What’s in a Tree? by Laura Cunningham
We at Latham Seeds wish you all a happy holiday season as you enjoy your own traditions. How do you “Make It Christmas”? We’d love to hear what makes the holidays especially meaningful to you. Feel free to comment with your favorite time-honored traditions.