Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Month of Faves: This Is How We Holiday

Today's prompt is to: rep your home’s holiday look, share pictures of your holiday decorations. Christmas tree, your favorite holiday traditions, holiday festivities, favorite ornaments, places to go, holiday drinks, holiday eats, holiday themed reads. I've already overshared my holiday decor and trees but I'm going to make you look at it again.

Now, about those holiday eats:

  • The Sweets: years ago I decided I not only didn't have time to make every last Christmas goodie I used to make and that we didn't need all of that stuff around the house. So I told my family they each got to pick one thing. One picked bavarian mints, one picked puppy chow, one picked dipped pretzel sticks, and one picked Christmas cookies. Then I figured out how to make each of those a treat that everyone could help make. It's gotten tough to find a way to get everyone together to help with these things but the kids still insist we make it work. 
  • The Soups: on my side of the family, we have a big dinner in the middle of the day on Christmas Eve. This meal changes from year to year. But supper? That is always soups - chili, oyster stew, and taco soup. Why, you may ask? Because it's easy, can be made ahead, and works around going to church services. At this point, I'm certain the grandkids believe that this is a normal Christmas tradition for all families. 
  • The Breakfasts: here's another tradition that started in no small part because it's easy. At my parents house, there is always my sister's coffee cake, Danish kringle, and their neighbor also sends over German stollen. There is, after all, a real need to carbo load because these couple of days are very akin to a marathon. When my immediate family is at home on Christmas day, our breakfast is always a green chili egg casserole and cinnamon rolls. This year I don't think we'll be at home on Christmas morning. We might have to have breakfast for dinner!
What are your family holiday food traditions?


  1. If I cook the holiday meal, it's usually a prime rib roast which it will be this year. But the breakfast on Christmas day changes now and then. I used to make this cornbread egg strata for years but then switched to quiche and sometimes just eggs and bacon and pancakes. I like the ease of just popping something in but it doesn't always happen.

    1. That green chili egg casserole is so simple which is why I started making it (and the cinnamon rolls are thanks to Pillsbury most of the time!). My goal is always to keep it as easy to put together as possible while also making it feel special.

  2. Those are some great traditions! We make pizza on Christmas Eve and sit around the Christmas tree and read stories and then watch a holiday movie. I do not move out of my house on Christmas. We eat breakfast, open gifts, and drink lots of mimosas. Then after a ham dinner we may go to a neighbor's house for games and more drinks and snacks. But I have to be able to walk there!

  3. I love your Christmas! Sounds very relaxing which is something I'm really craving these days.