New Year’s Tree, Santa Claus, and Pizza

My family is from the Soviet Union, a country where Christmas celebrations were prohibited since its foundation in 1917.  Thankfully, Russians are smart, and so instead of displaying Christmas trees, they displayed New Year’s trees! Instead of bringing gifts on Christmas, Santa Claus would crawl down the chimney on New Year’s so that all the little tykes can be overjoyed on January 1st. All the wonderful traditions of Christmas became New Year’s traditions. For that reason, New Year’s has always been my favorite holiday. A few days before the year’s end, before the family got together, I would write a program of activities for the evening. With the same spirit of ingenuity as my ancestors, for one whimsical reason or another, one year I decided that we must serve pizza at the center of a table replete with Russian delicacies.  “9pm”, my program would read, “Pizza is served.” This tradition continues to this day whenever I am fortunate enough to spend New Year’s at home and is the inspiration for the beautiful “Holiday Pizza” sticker pack, now available on the Apple App Store.

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/holiday-pizza/id1187747847?mt=8

 

We Are All Pizza

One of the simplest pleasures in life is eating a slice of pizza. Bread, sauce, cheese and our tasted buds are in heaven. But if we think about it for a moment, there is a pizza for everybody. Are you a voracious carnivore? Pile on the pepperoni, sausage, and bacon. Strictly vegan? Eggless dough, cashew cheese, and all the veggies Mother Earth has to offer for you then. Miss Mom’s cooking? Throw on some chicken tikka, brisket, or steamed broccoli. From Italy? Make it thin as paper. From Chicago? As thick as a brick. Don’t eat carbs? Put it on a lettuce leaf. Out of your mind? I guess you can have your ham and pineapple then! Wherever you are from or wherever you may go, there is a pizza for you. Pizza is as diverse as we are. Cheesy? Yes, but that’s the way we like it. Enjoy!