Because A Sausage and Cheese Gift Basket Can Save a Holiday: A Hickory Farms Giveaway!

by Amber on November 15, 2012

Let’s face it. As much as we all love our relatives, those first few minutes of a big family gathering can be awkward – especially during the holidays.

Often, we’re gathered in a fairly small room with people we haven’t seen in a long time. Perhaps not since the last round of holiday gatherings. And although we share a common history,we don’t always know much about each other’s day-to-day lives.

In my family, we know just how to bust through those moments of uncomfortable silence: it’s called the cheese and cracker tray.

As soon as the majority of us have gathered, my mom bursts into the room and says, “who’s ready for a snack?”

A Hickory Farms Gift Basket sure to smooth those awkward silences

The answer, of course, is everyone. And soon we’re all busy opening boxes, slicing cheese, and arranging festive napkins.

Bottles of wine are opened.

The first fizzy drinks of soda are poured for the small fry.

Dog noses and tails are batted away.

Before long, we’ve all picked up a plate and are chatting happily about the deliciousness of the offerings – whether they include the first delicious slices of sausage from a Hickory Farms gift basket or tortilla chips loaded with seven layer dip.

That, in turn, leads to talk of holidays past, and of the antics our smaller selves engaged in.

Soon after, we’re reminiscing about sled rides down carpeted stairs, mashed potato sculptures at the kids’ table, and ice cream soup.

After balance is restored, we’re able to transition back to present day, talking about kids and jobs and friends and all the other small things that make up our lives.

By the time the evening is over, we’re right back where we used to be, a solid, strong family. We swear to keep in better touch this year. To gather at least a few times between major holidays. To barbecue and blow candles out.

We probably won’t.

But that’s okay. We know we love each other – even if we don’t manage to see each other much.

And next year? The cheese and cracker tray  will be there to bring us together again.

Hickory Farms, of course, knows all about holiday traditions  and about  how food can bring a family together.  They’ve been making gift baskets that do just that for more than 60 years.

I’ve got a Hickory Farms gift basket sitting on my kitchen counter right now.

I wish that I could share it with my family this Thanksgiving, but the Indiana branch of the Page clan is staying home this year.

So instead, we’re going to start our own cheese and cracker tray tradition. There won’t be any awkward silences, but there will be gourmet cheese and sausages from Hickory Farms served on festive plates and eaten with joy.

Which is exactly how Hickory Farms foods should be consumed – it’s what they pride themselves on.

Want a Hickory Farms gift basket of your own? Well, you could log on to HickoryFarms.com or visit a kiosk at one of their 700 kiosks and retail locations across North America.

Or…you could win one. Right here.

Win this Hickory Farms gift basket for your holiday gathering

I’ve got a Home for the Holidays gift basket stuffed with four kinds of summer sausage, six cheeses, two types of mustard and two boxes of crackers to give away.

All you’ve got to do is tell me what your favorite food-related holiday tradition is…anything else is extra credit.

I’ll be choosing a winner on November 29, 2012.

DISCLAIMER:

Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.

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Rebecca November 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Favorite food related holiday tradition ……….besides eating turkey, and sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes and slathering everything in gravy and sopping everything up with hot buttered rolls?

What about the pies; lemon pie, pumpkin pie, cherry pie, apple pie, chocolate pie…those are awesome.

How about the way the kitchen table has all extra leafs in it to be extra long and the way food is packed in every square inch and that’s just the ‘dinner’ portion. There is always an extra table for the dips and cheeses and sausages and yet a different table for all the pies?

Could it be the way that after eating my weight in Thanksgiving feast that I still go back for more a couple of hours later?

Or would the next day left overs be the best holiday food tradition?

No wonder I’m a fatty.
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D Schmidt November 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies on Christmas Eve with my children

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Jen November 16, 2012 at 7:24 am

My favorite Holiday is Thanksgiving and our favorite tradition is watching the Macy’s Day Parade while the Turkey is roasting (or has hopefully just gone in the oven!). I love the anticipation..the smell.. while we watch the parade and play games all gathered ’round while we while we wait for Tom Turkey! :)
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Meagan November 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

Favorite holiday food tradition… where to start?

Every holiday or gathering in my family growing up included Caponi Macaroni, my grandma’s macaroni salad. The secret ingredient: olive juice.

This year I’m particularly looking forward to my husband’s uncle’s cheesecake.
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Christina November 16, 2012 at 10:25 am

My favorite Holiday food tradition? Every year we make lefse for the holidays. Its not Thanksgiving or Christmas without lefse! I grew up doing it, and I still do it to this day. Its a norwegian tradition. My second favorite food tradition? Fondue on christmas!! But I LOVE hickory farms…. mmmmmmmmmm

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tess November 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

picking out the tree and decorating it as a family
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Megan @ Mama Bub November 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

We make this candy called Reindeer Food, which is totally terrible for you, but so delicious and it isn’t Christmas until we’ve made ourselves sick eating too much of it.
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Kristin A. November 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm

My fav holiday tradition is decorating sugar cookies as a family. its so fun. i bake all the cookies in advance and bring them with me and all the toppings and then my family decorates. its so fun.

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Jen November 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I just like looking at the Christmas tree and the lights. It makes me happy.

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Amanda November 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I love having mulled wine as we trim the tree. Do drink related traditions count? lol
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wendy November 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

You can never go wrong with great cheese and crackers – especially from Hickory Farms! Our favorite holiday tradition surrounding food is the annual “find the almond in the rice pudding” game. It’s an old Danish family tradition. And it’s never about winning the game but who can lie the best about NOT having it!
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Betsy Haley November 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

My favorite food for the holidays is a coconut cream cake that I make for Christmas every year. It takes 4 days to make, and is the greatest cake ever on earth! I learned about it after dating my now husband for a while. His mother taught me how to make it so its a great tradition passed down from his side of the family
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gigi November 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is the Christmas Eve “smorgasbord.” We bring out this huge table of all sorts of food, combining my dad’s Polish and my mom’s Italian heritage. She’d also cook the kids’ favorites, have a huge plate of cookies and sweets, and we’d eat all night long. :)
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Nikki November 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

My favorite food related tradition on holidays is setting out an assortment of snacks around noon (beef stick, cheese, and crackers included!) to “hold us over” until the big meal. The big meal comes around 3:00pm – we’re all full from all our goodies, but we still eat plenty of dinner. We always attempt to have more snacks (and leftover turkey/ham sandwiches) later in the evening, but we’re always too full to eat!

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Renata November 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Popping popcorn to thread around the Christmas tree is my favorite holiday tradition! And eating it too! :)

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andi o November 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Growing up, I only remember going to midnight mass instead of morning or evening mass on Christmas. After mass, by the time we got home at about 230 am, we would immediately change into jammies and crowd into the kitchen. We would pile tray after tray of snacks and easy grab foods (chips, dips, cheese, pickles & olive tray, and, yes, – there was always Hickory Farm sausage) and bring them by the Christmas tree, where we would munch and open gifts as long as both lasted. It was so deliciously abnormal to stay up all night, eating munchies. I hope to pass on this tradition to my children too!!!

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Teh Doll November 17, 2012 at 12:28 am

Baking cookies and drinking egg nog Christmas morning.

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Kristen November 17, 2012 at 5:27 am

I love baking jam thumbprint cookies.

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Raymond November 17, 2012 at 8:18 am

My favorite holiday tradition is the night of Christmas Eve we all pick one special present to open and surprise each other with as a family!

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Georgiana November 17, 2012 at 8:20 am

I love eating a gourmet dinner together as a family sampling everyone’s cooking specialities and enjoying hot cocoa and homemeade holiday cookies afterwards! So fun and tasty!

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Carolsue November 18, 2012 at 5:08 am

My favorite holiday tradition is to get together with a bunch of friends and have a cookie swap
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stephanie November 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

baking chrismas cookies

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Katherine {eggton} November 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

This is awesome! In my family, we eagerly await my mom’s cheese puffs, which we eat in the living room like we just got out of a refugee camp.

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Amanda C November 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

My favorite food-related holiday tradition was my Dad’s Thanksgiving turkey every year. He’d get up early to get it in the oven and spend all morning working on it. Then, there’d be the sides–candied yams, green bean casserole, warm rolls, stuffing, pumpkin pie for dessert. But, always, the turkey took center stage. If I remember correctly, he used to do it for Christmas, too, although that changed to a ham after a while. He doesn’t do it anymore. I believe the tradition has passed down to my little sister. Still, it was one of my favorite times of the year–spending the morning watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while the smell of roast turkey wafted through the house.

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Kilah G November 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

My favorite holiday food tradition began for me when I married my husband. We make tamales Christmas Eve morning and then eat them for dinner and follow up by eating them again first thing Christmas morning before the babes open stocking and we have a proper breakfast. There is nothing better than going to bed with a belly full if tamales and waking up to eat more!

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Kristen November 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

We have fun decorating the tree together.

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Steph Calvert November 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is just having family together. Sometimes it gets completely insane with everyone under one roof, but it’s so much fun!
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judy gardner November 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

love decorating and enjoying the tree

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Meryl November 23, 2012 at 1:50 am

I like watching holiday movies.

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debbie jackson November 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

the lights and Christmas programs

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alaine November 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm

decorating sugar & gingerbread cookies!

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Karla Schmidt November 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Playing games with my family on Christmas Eve

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Stephanie November 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

We do baking day with my parents and then try to give all the cookies away before we eat them. We mass produce all in one pitch for the day. I love it.

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Serena November 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

family dinner on christmas eve

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