Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Ten on Tuesday
Favorite Holiday Traditions!
Photo of our last tree in North Carolina. As of tomorrow, someone else will be placing a tree there...who knows in the same spot??
Onward to the traditions!
1. First, and most important is a real Christmas tree. I know one day we may have to have an artificial one, but not in any hurry. Yes, they shed needles, but how hard is it to vacuum? LOL! When we lived in Maine, we went to the same tree farm for years. Hoping to find one here in AZ.
2. Holiday movies- Hubby has to watch all the Scrooge movies, in fact he watched 2 last night. Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase is a must as well. White Christmas, Elf, Santa Claus, Holiday Inn and of course the Christmas Story.
3. The kids like to open a gift on Christmas Eve. You wouldn't think at 17 and & soon to be 22 yrs old they would outgrow it...nope ;)
4. Russian Teacake cookies, some call the Mexican Wedding cookies. Hubby's favorite.
5. Mini cheesecakes, my Mom's recipe. Half with cherries, half plain.
6. Standing Rib Roast and scalloped potatoes, along with green bean casserole. Sometimes I do cook a ham as well. After cooking for the holiday, I love to eat nothing but leftovers as long as possible.
7. I have some decorations I've had for years. Many with sentimental reasons and put out every year. Must get them put out ASAP!
8. Tourtiere Pie - My French-Canadian grandmother made this every year!! After she passed I missed it so. I haven't made it in a few years, but I plan on this year. Even though I don't have her recipe, you know her special touches, this recipe is pretty darn close. We usually eat it on Christmas Eve and I cannot wait to smell it cooking ;)
9. Last minute crafting - be it knitting, sewing, or baking I always think I have enough time. I'm always up late doing something. Why should I change it now ;)
10. New tradition - I attended our little town's tree lighting ceremony and light parade. It was very small but enjoyable. The next town over has one as well, I plan to attend both next year :) So nice to be out wearing my handknits enjoying the cold.