In the spirit of all things merry and festive ...
Thanks, Melissa and Jen, for this fantabulous idea of sharing our holiday decorations and traditions!
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My hubby and I are HUGE Christmas geeks. We break out the decorations day after Thanksgiving and instead of shopping for Black Friday, we decorate! Music, movies, trimming the tree ... it's so much fun. We don't celebrate it as a religious holiday--although we do have strong Christian beliefs--for us, Christmas is a cultural celebration of fantasy and fun. (Remembrance of Christ we observe in church on Sunday mornings.)
Here are some pics of our decorations:
The Tree ... small and fake, but just right for us!
The stockings all hung by the French doors with care ... Yep, that's right. We live in Florida, so no fireplace. :(
And my darlings with Santa ... our Christmas cards that went out. Consider this one addressed to all of you.
Now, for a recipe of my fave holiday treat! I make these sugar cookies every year and it takes all day and is laborious and exhausting. BUT! They are always a humongous hit and they're gone by the end of Christmas day! It's an old family recipe, but I don't mind sharing it with you. (ancient Chinese secret )
MARY'S SUGAR COOKIES
1.5 C. sifted powdered sugar
1 C. butter
1.5 t. vanilla
Mix thoroughly til blended
2.5 C. sifted flour
1 t. soda
1 t. cream tartar
Sift and stir into butter mixture
Refrigerate dough for 2-3 hours
Roll out dough quarter inch thick; cut with desired cookie cutters; place on lightly greased pan. Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes.
Icing: Blend 1 C. powdered sugar; 1/4 t. salt; 1/2 t. vanilla; 1-2 T. cream or milk. Tint to desired color and spread, sprinkle. (Note: I usually need more cream with my icing to keep it less thick and easier to spread)
These make some of the cutest and most delicious cookies ever! I'd snap a pic for you, but I haven't made this year's yet ... plan to Wednesday... yum-o! Goodbye, bikini body!
As for holiday beverages, I like to have a little eggnog with a dash of Captain Morgan's spiced rum on wrapping night. My hubby and I usually spend the evening together wrapping and sharing a few drinks a couple of days before Christmas--one of my fave parts of the holidays. Mmm... I can almost taste it now!
Since my hubby is a firefighter, he works 24hour shifts at a time. This year, like last year, he works Christmas day. Luckily our kids are young enough that they don't know which day is which, so we celebrate Christmas day on the 24th. We'll have our big Christmas eve festivities this Thursday and kids will wake up Friday morning as though Santa has come and then the dive into the cornucopia of presents with unbridled avarice. lol.
It's supposed to be cold in Florida all week and I'm looking forward to snuggling up with cocoa and listening to music and getting ready for the big day. My kids believe %100 in Santa which makes it a lot of fun getting them all hyped up for the big day. They've been on their best behavior since the Elf on the Shelf arrived. ;)
I'm guessing blog hopping will be slim pickings this week, so if you've stopped by here, I really appreciate it! Please leave a comment and let me know how you celebrate. Or if you don't celebrate at all, tell me what you do celebrate--Hanukkah? Kwanzaa? Eid al Ramadan? Anything special? Spill it all, right here ...
However you celebrate this time of year, I'm wishing you all the best! Loads of good cheer to you and your family!