Home For the Holidays with Trinity Seely

Snow is softly falling in North Central, Montana, and little by little a white blanket is being formed and will soon cover mountain peaks, trees and ground. No matter how old we get the magic of the first real snow fall(keep in mind we get snow in JULY up here!) returns again, and just like that, the holiday season begins…….It makes me reminisce on holidays growing up in the Chilcotin of British Columbia, CA. As a kid, Thanksgiving came twice to our family. Once on Canadian Thanksgiving and again in November, since my folks came from the states. We thought it was great! My dad would flood a beautiful skating rink on the lake right outside our cabin and we would spend countless hours dreaming of becoming figure skaters or the world’s greatest women’s hockey team.

Memories of childhood traditions have a special place in our everchanging world and seem to be a common thread that ties our newly created traditions together. Since we’ve been married, we have spent Thanksgiving in 4 different states and in 10 different homes. These special places all have memories of the people that have celebrated along side with us.

Being on different ranches and throughout different regions of our great country, we have had the opportunity to create new traditions, formed by the special people that have shared the holidays with us and without even realizing it, a new tradition was formed.

Traditional turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie……..chips, salsa and carne asada from our southern friends. Fresh trout and Elk strips from our northern friends. Desert recipes from generations back brought over by immigrant relatives. A hodgepodge of traditions coming together on one table.

“Home for the Holidays” has had a different meaning for our family. Because of livestock responsibilities, we are usually unable to travel to be connected with our own extended families. Bringing together other ranch families, either working for the same outfit or neighbors, has been a great way to curb the longing for our own families and has opened up the door to lifelong relationships and special memories.

Never pass up the opportunity to have a guest at your table. Everyone has a story to tell (and a recipe to share) and always give thanks for the blessings of good friends and family.

- Trinity Seely