The Holiday Table: Hickory Farms Traditions Giveaway #HickoryTradition


For many years when my children were growing up, I planned a Christmas Eve party just for them. We all dressed up in our best outfits, played games, danced, and had a jolly good time until bedtime. Even when they were just two and three years old, it was so much fun. But the best part of the party was always the food. I would pick up a Hickory Farms package, and serve it as finger foods for three little kids, too excited to see what Santa would bring to eat a regular dinner that night. We continued that tradition until my son, the oldest of the three, went into the Air Force when he was about twenty three years old.

Seth, Becca, and Emily in 1976

Seth, Becca, and Emily in 1976

Now, whenever I see Hickory Farms, I think about my children as toddlers, eating their hors dourves on toothpicks, and drinking their juice from my good wine glasses.

For more than 60 years Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. Do you have a family tradition that centers around a Hickory Farms package? Many Americans do, and Hickory Farms is very proud to be a part of those moments. They continue to focus on and celebrate its long heritage of tradition and authentic holiday memories.

Party Planner Gift Box

Party Planner Gift Box

Start your own Holiday Tradition this year with a Party Planner Gift Box from Hickory Farms, or any one of the many great packages they sell.Β  The summer sausages, cheeses, and spreads included in them are great for any occasion.

BUY IT: You can buy Hickory Farms products at over 7,000 locations across US and Canada. Find a store near you. Or, you can order online and have your purchase delivered right to your door!

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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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  1. jessica dyrmishi says:

    Find the pickle is our tradition!

  2. Hickory Farms snacks are great and make good gifts too. Thanks.

  3. Barbara Stenby says:

    My family holiday tradition for Thanksgiving is making the entire Turkey dinner just like my mother made (minus the mashed turnips-my dad was the only one who ate them) now that my parents are passed. My mom was a fantastic cook! We always had a Hickory Farms summer sausage & a nice cheddar for appetizer with ritz crackers!

  4. Hilary Andriesian says:

    Our family tradition is to buy a Honey-Glazed Ham, since we all love it so much, and we all bring our favorite home made sidedishes. There’s a fire in the fireplace, candles everywhere and lots of fresh flowers. My favorite side dish is chestnut dressing, and I make a double batch every year.

  5. isis sample says:

    we’re latino- so we always get together on x-mas eve for a big dinner of Paches, authentic dish from Guatemala! then we party and dance until midnight where we all light a candle and hold hands and repeat the prayer our holy father in spanish, and hug and kiss then open gifts. πŸ™‚

  6. Our holiday tradition is spending a weekend together near the holidays, cooking a special dinner such as Pork Crown Roast, Standing Rib Roast or thick cut Cowboy Ribeye’s (bone in Ribeye’s) and working on Gingerbread houses together…even at 30 years old, my daughter likes to do this. Love the Holiday’s with my family.

  7. karen medlin says:

    Holiday tradition, our daughters and daughter in law all come over the night before to help fix the dishes we need for Thanksgiving. I start the turkey early in the morning, so it is ready when they all arrive. We have an open buffet, we usually have between 15 to 25 people over for the day. Depending on the weather, if it is nice. I take a trip with kids and grandkids to cut down our tree. They all haul back to our house for hot chocolate and leftover turkey sandwiches

  8. Santa brings presents and balloons too! So the kids wake up to the living room filled with balloons πŸ™‚

  9. I guess our only holiday tradition is to do most of it on Christmas Eve and just kind of lay around Christmas Day! As far as Thanksgivin traditions, it’s pretty much just all of us helping to make the traditional turkey dinner and then eating it! πŸ™‚
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  10. We go Christmas Caroling every year with family and friends

  11. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    Get together and have a huge healthy meal and just hang and really connect.

  12. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Holiday Tradition Is Baking With My Sisters, Wrapping Gifts, They Entire Family Comes Over To Exchange Gifts, Sing Carols And Enjoy A Meal Together.

  13. We pick a tree out every year as a family, that’s a fun thing to do. And we open our gifts on Christmas Even so we’re not rushed on Christmas Day (because we go to grandma’s for the big family dinner).

  14. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    We don’t have all that many traditions except to get together every year—that’s a pretty big deal now that we all live in different cities and different states.

  15. Georgia Beckman says:

    We always go to my father’s in law house. The kids always make sure to always go home for Thanksgiving. When they were in college, many of them brought the same friends home with them every year & some of those still attend every year. We also eat pie first at noon!

  16. steve weber says:

    Christmas Eve we always attend a candlelight service and then have appetizers and watch a movie.

  17. tracey johnson says:

    eat and fall asleep, lol
    we always put up our tree while waiting on the turkey and pies.

  18. Hickory Farms brings back similar memories. We used to get it for my dad every single year as a holiday gift… then we would snack on it!

  19. My husband LOVES Hickory Farms products! I always put them in his stocking!

  20. Wish I could enter (I am cdn), but this looks fabulous! That will be a lucky winner! Food is the very centre of all events!

  21. I have so many fond memories of Hickory Farms. There’s not a single holiday I can think of in my childhood that didn’t involve their summer sausage. πŸ™‚

  22. I love Hickory Farms. Some companies are just family favorites for generations, and they are one of those companies!

  23. I have fond memories of hickory farms from childhood Christmas parties

  24. My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the tree and reminiscing about each decoration as we take them out of the box πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!!

  25. My sisters and I go to my grandmothers house and make candy for everyone. Then we put it in bins to serve during our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

  26. One tradition of mine is to give my dad Hickory Farms for Christmas. πŸ™‚

  27. We make Christmas tamales every year for Christmas

  28. We have several traditions but one that I’ve done with the kids every year is to get one of those Gingerbread house kits and let them decorate it together. It is such a fun evening and the times when they have trouble getting hte thing to stay together are the best — there is always lots of laughter and we look forward to it evry year!

  29. Connie Lee says:

    Our family, of which some have to travel, always try to get together to have a Christmas meal and open gifts together.

  30. We go Christmas Caroling every year with family and friends

  31. Our tradition is for the entire extended family to eat dinner Christmas Eve at Grandmas and exchange gifts!

  32. One of my traditons is that one of my mom’s presents is always a gift from Hickory Farms. She loves their summer sausage so I usually buy something that includes that in it.

  33. I always let everyone choose what they want for Christmas dinner, and we make each person’s favorite dish. If we end up having 6 meats, then that’s what we have! HAHA!

  34. gathering together with family and enjoying each other

  35. Our tradition is baking Christmas cookies!

  36. My favorite holiday tradition is opening presents, having a big brunch and then watching football on Christmas!

  37. Cathy French says:

    favorite tradition is keeping Christmas Eve just for me and my boyfriend then spend Christmas Day with his family

  38. Our family tradition is going to drive around and look at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve.

  39. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    We always have a big family get together at my parents house. This will be our first year to not do this. Both our parents have passed on now. It will be new traditions, or maybe will start something next year.

  40. We just get together, each bringing dishes, and eat until we’re stuffed. Then we usually tell stories about funny things we’ve all done.

  41. My family holiday tradition is going to visit half of my family in the morning and watching my nieces open presents, then coming back home to spend the evening with my parents and my man.

  42. Marcia Goss says:

    My favorite tradition is decorating the tree with my granddaughter.

  43. Johanne LaurinCastonguay says:

    Our holiday tradition is spending the whole Christmas day with family! πŸ™‚

  44. Our tradition is to eat until we cant move off the couch and then spend the night watching old family movies. πŸ™‚

  45. I like to bake a selection of cookies to give to our family at Christmas.

  46. julie murphy says:

    playing trivia for quarters

  47. My family holiday tradition is that we gather together and play instruments and sing to Christmas carols!

  48. my family doesnt have any but my wife’s family plays the white elephant gift game and her mom and cousin write a song for someone in the family and its put to a christmas song

  49. Debbie Jackson says:

    Our tradition includes adopting a family for Christmas.

  50. We really don’t have a tradition, we just do what we feel like. This year we are having ham for Thanksgiving.

  51. We decorate all together and we always make a mini village in the living room with lights. Also we like placing our train set under and around the tree all this while listening to christmas music or a crackling fire.

  52. Our family tradition is attending the Christmas Eve Candlelight service at our church and then afterwards returning home to open our gifts.

  53. lots of good food and gift exchange for the kids

  54. Susan Christy says:

    Big dinner on Thanksgiving. For Christmas – we eat lasagna and go bowling.

  55. Andrea Amy says:

    Its just us (my husband, myself and our 5 kids). But we normally do appetizer night (lots of appetizers cold and hot plus snacky stuff) on Christmas Eve. The kids get to open up ONE gift that I have specially selected for them (a book, or pyjamas, or a stuffed animal normally). We watch Christmas specials. Christmas day the kids get their stockings, we eat the leftover appetizers from the night before, then we slowly open up gifts and we have a big turkey dinner around 6pm.

  56. marian boll says:

    Cutting fresh trees and trimming the tree as a family

  57. Barbara Hutcheson says:

    Our family tradition is my son and I will spend a whole day baking Christmas treats and take them down to my parents house and spend Christmas Day dinner there . We also decorate the family tree ad also the pets have their own tree too.

  58. I love to cook and entertain my family for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  59. good food and good times

  60. CΓ‘laeb Temple says:

    we open presents at midnight.

  61. picking out the perfect tree as a family and then bringing it home and decorating it together

  62. Audra O'Hara says:

    We like to put up the decorations together and we read The Night Before Christmas.

  63. opening gifts together

  64. Michelle Nolen says:

    We eat a big family meal!

  65. Elaine Buonsante says:

    Our best Christmas tradition is the reading of The Nativity Story by candlelight on Christmas Eve . All the children take part by reading, holding the necessary flashlight for the reader or ringing the bells.

  66. Everyone in our family gets new pajamas Christmas eve

  67. On Christmas morning after the gifts are open I make Belgium Waffles. The toppings that are available is ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauce, and strawberries.

  68. Tracy Robertson says:

    Just a Christmas Dinner get together for all 3 generations. We love it!

  69. Baking cookies for santa.

  70. Getting together with everyone, having a nice meal, catching up with each other and eating my grandmothers Applesauce cake. She has been watching over us from heaven for 22 years now but every year without fail my Mom, sister and I make her Applesauce cake.

  71. Tabathia B says:

    We like to watch christmas story on thanksgiving and start wrapping presents that night

  72. Natalie yeoman says:

    We go to my grandmas Christmas Eve then our house for Christmas morning

  73. Margaret Smith says:

    Going to Christmas eve mass and meeting up with my brother and his family and my Dad. We all sit together. Afterwards everyone comes over to our house to eat.

  74. We have many holiday traditions but the one the children like most is going on a drive to see all the Christmas lights around town. πŸ™‚ Thank you.

  75. Margaret Smith says:

    We like to go to Christmas eve mass and we meet my brother & his family there. Afterwards, everyone comes over to our home to eat.

  76. Jeana O'donnell-Murphy says:

    Christmas turkey and ham dinner

  77. We always have a big dinner and open presents together on Christmas Eve.

  78. Getting one present on Christmas Eve.

  79. Ann Fantom says:

    One of our Christmas traditions is that we always watch A Christmas Story as a family on Christmas eve

  80. Tracy L Davis says:

    We open gifts together on Christmas Eve

  81. ryan minton says:

    we watch emmet otter’s jugband christmas and open one gift on christmas eve

  82. We open 1 gift each on Christmas eve, the rest Christmas morning

  83. Christmas Eve day, we all have appetizers and drinks with my 98 year old Mother at her Senior’s Home. We then go to church followed by Chinese food. Xmas morning we have a special breakfast and open gifts. We just snack the rest of the day and enjoy Christmas day with walks and games. Boxing day, we have our big turkey dinner with family and friends.

  84. Kyl Neusch says:

    Cutting fresh tree

  85. judy gardner says:

    we each open one small gift on Christmas eve

  86. mary gardner says:

    i cook and all of my children and their families spend the day with us

  87. Our family traditions usually center around favorite foods that I only serve on holidays…Christmas is my 7 layer cookies

  88. Shannon Baas says:

    candlelight services on christmas eve.

  89. Every year we read a book called Santa Mouse…the we’re sure to put a yellow light at the top of the tree (so Santa Mouse can find his inside from the cold) and we find tiny little gifts in the tree from Santa Mouse himself!

  90. Rebecca Graham says:

    We bake Christmas cookies for the neighbors.

  91. We always get the Christmas tree and put it up on my birthday.

  92. Church at midnight, open presents in the morning, then off to grandma’s house to spend the day there

  93. Reading the Christmas Story rom the Bible.

  94. Allison Downes says:

    Putting up decorations and the tree together and baking holiday treats!

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  95. Jessica To says:

    Our tradition is to ride around and look at lights and decorations.

  96. Katie Roch says:

    Our family holiday tradition is to take a tour of holiday lights on Christmas Eve and then come home to open presents. On Christmas we get together with our large family and celebrate with a feast and present exchange.

  97. Patty Jester says:

    Children are grown with families of their own. My husband and I spend the holidays with the family.

  98. Our tradition is that we always have seafood for the holidays!!

  99. We always get together with my in-laws and other family friends. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  100. Snacks on Christmas Eve followed by church

  101. We always had beef fondue for dinner on Christmas Eve.

  102. Carey Miller says:

    We always had Christmas breakfast with extended family. Everybody brought an omelet filler and my dad and uncle would take turns cooking.

  103. julie matek says:

    Our family holiday tradition is baking cookies while listening to Christmas music:)

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  104. Mary Somerville says:

    We’d spend Christmas Eve with all the family, at my Grandparents. Opening presents, and feasting on cookies, nutrolls, hot chocolate and punch (my favorites!) We spent Christmas morning at home with presents from Santa, then a huge breakfast-no lunch, and Christmas dinner.

  105. Christmas morning we always have Land of Nod buns

  106. We always have a big ham dinner!

  107. Betsy Barnes says:

    Every Christmas Eve, we all open one gift each, usually it’s pj’s or perfume πŸ™‚

  108. Baking cookies with my grandma- I’m so lucky to still have her!

  109. Wendy Lange says:

    Going to feed the deers carrots and apples on the deer preserve near our town on Boxing Day!

  110. We like to have a potluck at Thanksgiving so that no one has to do all the cooking.

  111. Everyone chips in a brings a dish so no one has to spend days cooking.

  112. Spend all of christmas together playing games and watching movies, while eating a potluck of different foods!!!

  113. We get together with family, play games, watch movies, eat food, and enjoy each other’s company.

  114. We make a carrot cake together

  115. We stay home ans watch football game.

  116. Lorena Keech says:

    We have “munchies” on Christmas Eve and open new pajama gifts.

  117. My mother and I always watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on Thanksgiving night to kick off the Christmas season.

  118. Getting in our PJs and driving around with hot chocolate to look at christmas lights.
    Thanks for the chance.

  119. We bake cookies!

  120. raedavenport says:

    Looks like party!

  121. Driving around looking at lights in our PJs with hot chocolate.
    Thanks for the chance.

  122. tammy shelton says:

    We party & open gifts on Christmas Eve and then Santa comes Christmas morning.

  123. lighting candles and grandpas house and eat summer sausage and cheese and drinking egg nog

  124. Virginia Rowell says:

    We like to go around to all the neighborhoods and check out everybody’s decorations.

  125. Mary Calabrese says:

    We have the kids over for Christmas day and celebrate with them then.

  126. Decorating the tree is our favorite family tradition.

  127. Amy Smeltzer says:

    Family dinner at mom’s.

  128. My tradition would be the baking of the Holiday pies!

  129. Our family holiday tradition is a noon mealtime with lots and lots of laughter.

  130. We have sloppy joes on Christmas eve and open 1 present each

  131. Amy Bostic says:

    We use to all meet at my grandmas but she passed away in January so not sure what we will do. Going to be a tough time without her.

  132. My family holiday tradition is decorating for the holidays.

  133. Elizabeth Ray says:

    I always read Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” aloud to the family.

  134. Carolyn M. says:

    After the Thanksgiving meal the kids watch holiday movies and the grownups play poker!

  135. robyn donnelly says:

    Going over to my aunts for a multi family dinner. All day event.

  136. We always open are gifts starting with the youngest member of the family ending with the oldest which happens to be my Dad.

  137. Sandra Finn says:

    Our tradition is having all the musicians in our family play for us after our Christmas dinner! πŸ™‚

  138. A big family dinner.

  139. Sitting around the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve with family, reminiscing on Christmas memories.

  140. richelle bowers says:

    everyone takes a turn playing santa to hand out the presents

  141. On Christmas Eve, we have family and friends over to our home. We have a fondue, play charades, listen to carols and the kids roast marshmallows in the fireplace. Everyone comes around 4PM and stay late into the evening. We always have a wonderful time, I look forward to it every year. This year, we will have a new born baby to coo over. Thank you for the super giveaway opportunity. Keep up the terrific blogging.

  142. Kathryn Mcneal says:

    We don’t have any holiday traditions yet.

  143. My favorite tradition is going to the tree farm to pick out the tree and then coming home to hot chocolate and cookies.

  144. Opening stocking Christmas morning

  145. chickie brewer says:

    We visit the cousins.

  146. Baking, decorating and eating TONS of cookies

  147. We always leave out fresh baked cookies for Santa.

  148. We work on a gigantic puzzle. It might last for days.

  149. Mya Murphy says:

    My traditions is going crazy baking, looking at Christmas lights.

  150. We usually have a big get together on Christmas eve where we all bring a dessert and watch a movie! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  151. Susan Smith says:

    Christmas Eve we drive around looking at Christmas lights and then come home and drink eggnog and open one present.

  152. Hesper Fry says:

    We go to the candlelight service at our church every Christmas Eve.

  153. We decorate our tree together and listen to Christmas music!

  154. Mary Cloud says:

    We always gather at my Grandma’s to open presents with the family
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  155. Jennifer Reed says:

    We have a family celebration with our kids on Christmas Eve and Day and then we try to get together with extended family and friends on a separate date in December to enjoy the holidays together.

  156. Karrie Millheim says:

    We always say a prayer before the Holiday meal and honor our loved ones that have passed on

  157. Melissa Nagy says:

    On Christmas Eve, my husband reads The Night Before Christmas and The Christmas Story before their bedtime.

  158. We always have snacks and watch a Christmas movie together every Christmas Eve.

  159. We’re trying to establish our own traditions. One we do keep is opening up on present on Christmas Eve. I’ve done that for years with my own parents.

  160. Sarah Marshall says:

    My favorite tradition is everyone in our family getting together for a huge Christmas day breakfast every year!

  161. Tanya White says:

    We have family over for Christmas eve and Christmas day my husband, kids and I spend the day together,

  162. Danielle Jones says:

    We like to go out and look at Christmas lights.

  163. we cut out and decorate hundreds of sugar cookies while listening to Christmas songs.

  164. Paula Tavernie says:

    We go through the neighborhood looking at all the Christmas decorations!

  165. we go to my parents for Christmas that is our holiday tradition

  166. our yearly christmas day brunch

  167. My family and I go to our church to see Christmas plays.

  168. tina reynolds says:

    we make christmas ornaments together

  169. We cook a turkey for Thanksgiving but that is all for holiday tradition

  170. Vikki Billings says:

    We all meet at my mom’s and we decorate her tree together, we have food and music. Its a wonderful time!

  171. Chris Noe says:

    We are multicultural, so we have diverse food – Southern, Polish and Mexican.

  172. We all get together at my aunts on Christmas for dinner!

  173. Karen Steed says:

    Love Hickory Farms meats and so does my son. It was one of his xmas presents one year.

  174. Beverly Metcalf says:

    We open one gift on Christmas eve and the rest on Christmas morning. Thanks.

  175. Trisha McKee says:

    My daughter and I stay home and have people stop by all day Christmas Eve. We have a tray of subs and of course, hickory farms snacks!

  176. Baking cookies

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