Traditions meant to be shared.

Peyton and Lily

Peyton shares fishing with Lily

Christmas at the Stallings house involved some serious baking and cooking. Mom was a whirlwind in the kitchen. We thought her objective was to offer as many choices as the cafeteria in town.

However, the pace was much slower outside where the turkey was cooking. Dad’s turkey would take 12-14 hours to cook on the Brinkmann smoker. The tradition was something of an art to me, a science to him.

Checking the water pan and adding wood throughout the night was part of the process. Invariably it would be cold by Florida standards, which added to the whole experience.

There was nothing like seeing the dark bronze colored turkey as dad carried it into the house. Watching the juices run down the knife as he sliced it at the table would make your mouth water.

Years later, I was checking the water pan on my own smoker. Gazing up at the stars, my eyes locked on something that fluttered down. Could it be? Dozens more of the tiny flakes confirmed it was snow. The flakes would land on top of the smoker, turn into a tiny drop and disappear. Like a fleeting thought, they were gone.

Shivering, I jammed my hands in my pockets and wondered if dad ever saw snow while smoking the turkey. Grateful he passed the tradition on; I smiled and walked back to the house.

What traditions will you pass on this Christmas?  Blessings, -TJ

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About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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2 Responses to Traditions meant to be shared.

  1. Cheryl Conrad White says:

    Happy to see that you’re keeping Uncle Tim’s Traditions– of smoking the turkey and FISHING.

    • TJ Stallings says:

      Hey, great to hear from you. Hope all is well up there in NC. Please friend me on Facebook so we can keep in touch. Have a blessed Christmas too! -TJ

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