Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Nostalgia

I was going to post about the cookies I made for my kindergartner's class, but there just isn't much to say other than I got the idea from Bakerella, and hers, naturally, put mine to shame. So I'm going to babble on about something different as I show you the photos of my messy process.

I'm a fairly traditional person when it comes to the Holidays. I get especially nostalgic around these times and find comfort in celebrating the Holidays the way I did as I was growing up. I prefer the classic sound of Burl Ives over most any modern Christmas song and the cartoon version of the Grinch will always win my vote over the movie remake.

When I was a child we would open Christmas presents at Grandma and Grandpa's house on Christmas Eve. When they passed on and we made families of our own, my parents took over the tradition. Then they moved away to Kentucky, and so I have somewhat taken over that tradition by having my siblings and their families over for Christmas Eve dinner. We also take turns having Christmas breakfast every year, which is a tradition I thought I could do with out, but found out I missed the year we didn't do it.

We also read the Night Before Christmas just after setting out cookies and Coke for Santa. The girls will be dressed in their Christmas PJ's as we tuck them in. When Santa fills the stockings he always includes a Lifesavers book and he will place the items asked for in front of the Christmas tree in a grand display.

When the kids wake up, they will come get us first before finding their way to the treasure. My Aunt will come over to watch us open presents and to exchange gifts with us.

It is pretty much the same every year, but I wouldn't change a thing.

How about you? Do you stick with traditions or do you change it up every year? What are your Holiday must haves/do's? Is there a tradition you just can't let go of?

This reminds me, I need to dig the Christmas Story DVD out of the closet. I surely can't let the season pass by without watching it!


  1. We are traditionalists, too. (Cartoon Grinch for me!) In fact, my daughter was completely bummed out this year just because I decided to make a couple of different cookies on our annual cookie day. Children, in particular, need the reassurance of tradition. I should have remembered that and made the apricot crescents.

    Those Santa cookies are adorable. You're one of those chicks who can make ANYTHING, aren't you??

  2. Those cookies are a work of art. I wouldn't be able to eat them they are so beautiful.

    We're working on instilling our traditions now so they are evolving. But always, we watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on Christmas eve.

    This Saturday is our family cookie baking day. I hope it's not too exhausting like it always seems to be.

  3. Thanks guys
    No GlassEye, but I like to try everything out at least once! And mmmm...apricot crescents, I'd be mad too!
    TRexMom, I hope you have a great cookie day, try not to get too exhausted!

  4. Those cookies ARE adorable. I don't believe anyone could put them to shame!

    A Christmas Story is one of our holiday traditions. I even sent a DVD to my son when he was deployed in Iraq. We make the same chocolate chip cookies every year because Santa told my son when he was 3 years old that they are his favorite. That was 20 years ago.

    So glad I followed Glasseye here.