It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

Show us the one thing without which your holiday season could never be complete.

With the end of November near, we’re in the midst of holiday season for many people around the world.

There are plenty of celebrations, whether it’s a North American Thanksgiving with cooling temperatures and falling leaves, an Australian Christmas as summer is in full swing, or the New Year (according to the Gregorian calendar at least).

It always brings back fond memories.

With them come traditions, both new and old. A customary event, object, or feeling that makes the celebration familiar and comforting. It may even be the thing that makes that time of year what it is. For me, it’s Thanksgiving only if there’s a dish my family calls “Mexican lasagna.”


Growing up we didn’t really have traditions for non-Indian holidays. But once I was old enough to be trusted with the stove, I found this recipe online and tweaked it a bit (it wasn’t spicy enough for either my mom or me!). It’s made of layers of tortilla, beans, vegetables, and spices, topped with a golden layer of cheese, and guacamole and salsa piled high. Add some tortilla chips and it’s an incredibly filling dish, much like traditional comfort food. And something that everyone enjoys.

What about you? Is there a particular dish, a favorite game, or a specific place that signals this time of year to you? Share it with us in a photo!

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  1. The answer is: My Mom.. She’s finally back home.. from St. James’s Hospital.. 244 days of uneasy journey on ICU.. I’ve just created this painting.. as an inspiration and reflection as well. Cheers from Ireland. Swav

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  2. Every time of year is this time of the year for me. It’s just November 25th. Not going to start celebrating anything yet, neither buying. My post will be about that. Thank you for the inspiration.


  3. It’s not that time of year without all that food, turkey, dressing, pies and cakes. However I a proud to say I strayed that law and just left that food out of my house, and was successful not to go off my diet.


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