Revamping Holiday Traditions with Hudsonville Ice Cream

We are grateful to our sponsor, Hudsonville Ice Cream, and their focus on making moments sweeter.

This year has certainly brought about its fair share of uncertainty. As the holidays approach, my family is beginning to embark on our typical traditions, only this year, those traditions feel like they need tweaked a bit. Because we can’t gather with family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate as we typically would, it’s time to think of alternate ways to make the season bright. This realization is both exciting and a little sad, but something that always eases the sting of disappointment is ice cream. 

Typically, our holiday traditions haven’t included ice cream treats. However, I’m not really sure why we haven’t made it part of our celebrations before- ice cream is always in season! This year we can’t wait to make the holidays sweeter with our favorite flavors of Hudsonville Ice Cream.

In our house, December is a very busy month: my youngest son’s birthday falls in December, and our family celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas. We finish off our festivities by ringing in the New Year, and then my birthday soon follows. I’ve discovered that there are so many fun ways to enjoy Hudsonville Ice Cream while redefining our typical holiday traditions! 

For my son’s birthday, we swapped out the the birthday cake and toasted him with root beer floats made with Creamery Blend Vanilla. He loves this frosty treat and we enjoy it often (as you can see below!) The classic, creamy vanilla is perfectly complemented by the fizzy root beer, and would be sure to bring smiles to the birthday boy’s face!

root beer floats with Hudsonville ice creamWe’ve definitely enjoyed a bowl of Traverse City Cherry Fudge by the glow of the menorah candles. Spending time as a family in the warm lights of the menorah is a holiday tradition that I will always cherish, and adding ice cream into the mix this year has made the moment even sweeter!

ice cream and holidaysAnd why not leave leave some Deer Traxx out for Santa alongside his plate of cookies? Jolly Old St Nick gets his fair share of cookies and milk, and we think that surprising him with a delicious bowl of Deer Traxx may be just the thing to break up the dessert monotony on Christmas Eve. 

ice cream and cookies for SantaIn between all of these celebrations, I will more than likely sneak away with a carton of Mint Chocolate Chip to soothe all of my holiday stress. Self care during the holidays is important, right? From pulling off various elf stunts, to planning pandemic-friendly birthday events, to making sure all the holiday details are in place, I can’t think of anything more enticing than a big bowl of minty ice cream goodness to help me maintain my holiday cheer. 

No matter how the holidays will unfold this year, it’s important for us all to remember that traditions will keep, but our time with our families is fleeting. As long as we’re together, and making the most of the situation, we’ll enjoy our yuletide festivities. Ice cream can make the most wonderful time of year sweeter and more special when you’re sharing a scoop with someone you love!

Want a gift you can unwrap early? Claim your holiday coupon and a recipe ebook filled with ice cream recipes so you can find a perfect way to incorporate Hudsonville Ice Cream into your holiday traditions this year and in the future!

You can purchase Hudsonville Ice Cream right here in Columbus. Grab your shopping list, check it twice, and head to your local grocery store to pick up this delicious Midwest-made ice cream. Check out this Scoop Locator to see where you can find Hudsonville Ice Cream.

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Jen Franklin Kearns grew up in Central Ohio and is pleased to raise her family here as well. She and her husband Mark reside in Delaware and are parents to Alex, Addie, and Andrew. Their home is completed by their loyal beagle, Maisey. Jen is a social media analyst for a local family foundation, and she is also a passionate advocate for inclusion and disability rights. Jen’s oldest son, Alex, has Down syndrome and Jen works tirelessly to ensure that Alex has access to inclusive opportunities in their community. Jen and Mark are raising their children to know that that inclusion matters for all. When Jen isn’t advocating, writing, or shuttling her kids back and forth to sports practices or club meetings, she enjoys perusing social media, reading, and drinking large amounts of coffee.