Maryland November 26, 2017
7 Weird And Wacky Holiday Traditions You’ll Only Get If You’re From Maryland
The holiday season is upon us and we’re feeling nostalgic. While Maryland holidays are mostly similar to holidays in other states, there may be some factors that set it apart. Take a look at this list of 7 weird and wacky holiday traditions in the Old Line State and see if there’s any you do, too!
1. Sauerkraut served at Thanksgiving
This tradition isn't just for Germans! Sauerkraut became a traditional side dish around Baltimore decades ago, and you'll still find families throughout Maryland who serve this unique dish during the holidays.
2. Stuffed ham served at Christmas
Particularly in southern Maryland, stuffed ham is served up at Christmastime. It's deliciously hearty.
3. Crab trap Christmas trees...
You'll find these very Maryland Christmas trees around the eastern shore. This makes me want seafood asap.
4. ...and bushel basket trees.
If you've got a bunch of bushel baskets, then this project is pretty easy if you've got the time. Check out the annual bushel basket tree in Cambridge to see how it's done. Beautiful!
5. Bay Bridge traffic
This is a holiday tradition we're not particularly fond of but for those of us traveling over the bridge, it's unavoidable. Better turn up the Christmas tunes and meditate because it's going to be a while.
6. Wacky Christmas decor
With so many creative people in the Old Line State, Christmas decor doesn't mean only lights and garland. Check out Baltimore's Miracle on 34th Street, where you'll find hubcap trees, Natty Boh angels, and neon crabs.
There always seems to be some sort of seafood at my holiday gatherings. Whether it's crab legs, oysters or oyster stuffing, it ain't a Maryland holiday without a seafood dish.
Do you have any wacky holiday traditions? Let us know below!