What’s Your Favorite Christmas Tradition?

Ahhhhhh… Christmas Memories.  Aren’t they the best?  Do you remember the smell of cookies baking in the oven when you came home from school? MMMMMM.

I loved the smell of my grandmother’s home-made apple strudel.  She was a pastry chef before she retired, and My Goodness could she throw together a strudel.  Unfortunately, she literally threw them together.  She tried to write down the recipe… but it read “A handful of flour and enough butter until it looks just right.  Throw in a little cinnamon…”  Sigh.  I miss you, Grandma.  I wish my kids got to meet you, and taste your amazing baking.

Awe darn!  Now I’m all teary-eyed.  What the heck are you guys doing to me?

Ugh!  Anyway… today I am hanging out with Gloria Richards to talk about more of my favorite memories… and I have a slew of fun ones to tell over the next month.  And since I’m feeling Christmassy, I might just be in the giving spirit today [Wink] So hop on over and give me a shout-out at Gloria Richard’s blog.

It will be a hoot!

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6 responses to “What’s Your Favorite Christmas Tradition?

  1. I loved our traditional meal on Christmas Eve after the first star came out. So many different dishes. So much to eat. So much hard work but it was a labour of love. My mom always insisted on doing it all.

  2. I always love learning about other Christmas traditions. :)

    I understand the frustration of trying to recreate ancient recipes. One of my Grandmothers used to make an English-style Christmas pudding smothered in a creamy-rich and tooth-rottingly sweet sauce. I’ve never figured out how she made either, so this is something that I really miss since she passed away 27 years ago.

    Another tradition was the way she used to put up a snowy village nestled on a cloud of spun glass. I don’t even think you can get the spun glass stuff any more (it was supposed to be flame-retardant), but I did inherit the cardboard church, angel candles and evergreen-tree candles, along with a plethora of plastic holly and pine cones sprayed with fake snow. I have added to the candle ornaments to create a larger table centre. It makes me feel like she’s back celebrating with us. :)

  3. writerwendyreid

    I think I already told you about Christmas Eve at my grandparents (or that might be a different blog)…but I also like the tradition of waiting until morning to open our gifts. It gives you something other than 3 hours of cooking followed by 1 hour of overeating and an hour or more of dishes to look forward to.

    • I totally hear that. For the past few years, we’ve opened presents from Mommy and Daddy on Christmas Eve right after church, and of course Santa in the morning. That gives the boys a little fun the day before, too.