12.02.2008

Holiday Traditions



I’m a big fan of traditions…Huge.

Maybe I’m boring, but I love little rituals and activities that mark special moments. With the girls so young, our traditions are fluid, shifting to accommodate their abilities... what they’ll enjoy and sit still for. (Case in point, I think I enjoyed our viewing of Charlie Brown Christmas last night far more than Audrey did…Oh well.)

By next year I’m hoping to add a volunteer activity to our family traditions -- we already “adopt” a family each year to buy gifts for, but I'd like to also volunteer somewhere together. I'd also like to pick a homemade treat to give as our “signature” gift. My vote would be for spicy/sweet nuts or a yummy chutney or something, but I know the girls will clamor for cookies. Have you seen this incredibly cool feature on Gourmet’s website? It chronicles the best cookie recipe from each year of Gourmet’s history (I loved the cookies from the 2000s the best)…Very, very neat.

So what are your holiday traditions? Please share!

12 comments:

Rachel said...

That feature is so fun! Thanks for sharing.
Our big tradition is making gingerbread houses from scratch. We do a huge party in the beginning of December and it's a bigger deal than Christmas in our house - just a fun way for everyone to get together without as much pressure.

Michelle said...

Oh my, oh my sweet goodness, I think this year my sweet tooth will just mutiny and take over all the teeth and I will be forced, by tiny teeth soldiers, to eat cookies all winter long...yikes.

amy@inspirationchic said...

yum too bad I can't eat cookies! Ok- our tradition is we let each kid invite there best friends over to make cookies for a few hrs, decorate them and then they deliver them the next day(all family) when dry to an old-folk home-- together. They all sing xmas songs as they go in the rooms and we brighten the old-folks day for a long while! They all love it. it is priceless. AND YES, Audrey will be invited! Millie too!! hope you can make it! will keep you posted.

Ausrine said...

the mini black and white cookies are fabulous. starbucks sells them and they're delicious

-A

nikole said...

wow, this is the greatest thing i've seen in a while!

Joslyn said...

oooh amy...i love this tradition. can't wait ;-)

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Stephanie said...

I love traditions! On Christmas Eve, we make a fancy dinner & invite a few close friends over. I always put a Christmas cracker on each plate. Before we eat, we crack them open & put on those silly paper crowns that are always inside the crackers. Dinner is always much more fun & magical with candlelight & paper hats.

Christmas morning, after presents, I make Swedish pancakes with lemon & jam & a big pot of coffee. Then we bundle up & take a long walk in the woods near our house. Heaven!

I love this thread. I'm always so curious what traditions other people have.

jora said...

Traditions are hands down the best part of this season! And I love this feature on the Gourmet website. Now I have to decide which ones to make.......

mary said...

Oooh! LOVE the mini black and white cookies! I may just have to try those...

citysage said...

I can't tear myself away from this gourmet article! How fun would it be to try and bake every recipe between now and Christmas?

As for traditions, I can't wait to visit my parents for our annual gingerbread house decorating contest!

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Oh, me too....I adore all of the traditions of the holidays. Those sound like lovely traditions you are starting....*sigh* What a wonderful time of the year!
xo
Melis