October 18, 2017

Christmas Is Coming…

I can’t wait till Christmas! This year, I get to enjoy the traditions I grew up with, since we’ll be with my side of the family. And all the goodies too, like Mom’s coconut macaroons and hand-made melt-in-your-mouth mint candies. Yes, my mouth is watering as I’m typing this…

 

Christmas Ornament

 

On Christmas Eve, we have a special dinner and a gift exchange with a few close relatives.

Mom makes her signature cranberry meatballs (basically, regular meatballs with a cranberry gravy) for the main entree, and a classic cranberry pudding for dessert (like the old English plum pudding, which is almost like a cake, and has a dollop of sugary-sweet hard sauce on top). Of course, they’re both made with Ocean Spray cranberries!

 

Christmas Eve

 

Later in the evening, my family exchanges ornaments. Growing up, our ornaments would commemorate something big that happened that year — like getting a license, or graduating from high school. And all those ornaments are on my own tree now! It’s so fun to get them out each year and remember all those moments.

And then it’s bedtime for the “kids”… well, maybe not anymore. We’re usually doing some last-minute wrapping and arranging packages under the tree! But Mom & Dad always wait till us “kids” are in bed before filling the stockings. It’s fun to come down the next morning and see them all arranged and overflowing!

 

Christmas Stockings

 

Christmas morning starts off around the manger scene. We recite Luke 2, sing Away in a Manger or Happy Birthday Jesus, and have a brief prayer time. I love starting off the day with a reflection on why we’re celebrating. It helps focus our minds on Christ and His loving sacrifice for us.

 

Christmas Nativity

 

Then we dig into the stockings and pass the gifts around. We usually enjoy a nice breakfast together, then get ready to head to a relative’s house for the rest of the day — for a big sit-down dinner {with real plum pudding for dessert!} and more gift exchanges.

It’s always great seeing family, laughing together and making new memories. The dogs love it too — of course, they usually get rather spoiled by all the attention!

 

Dogs in Snow

 

So what do YOU do?
I’d love to read about some of your Christmas traditions!