I asked my friend if she had any holiday traditions. She told me that on Christmas Eve, her mom prepares soup:
Me: Why soup?
Lindsey: My mom’s side of the family is Irish, so I think it’s tradition in Irish culture to have soup on Christmas. Maybe the warmth of the soup is comforting in wintertime? Also, I think soup is an easy meal to have on Christmas when people would rather be focused on their family than on cooking.
Me: What type of soup does she traditionally make?
Lindsey: It’s just a stew of different vegetables and beef. Really light. Really simple.
Analysis: Having soup on Christmas Eve is not a tradition I had ever heard of. I think the idea of spending time with one’s loved ones instead of cooking in the kitchen makes sense. It is more important to have Christmas with family and invest in quality time, than having an extravagant meal.