Being only a few days before Christmas, I thought today’s post should relate to the holiday. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know where these past few months have gone! I feel as though it was just September and I was graduating. I haven’t even had time to soak up and enjoy the Christmas Season!
What I love about the holidays is all of the family traditions. You can always count on the same traditions to bring you back to your adolescence.
I love big family get-togethers. They’re so much fun! When I was younger, we used to go up to my Great Grandma and Grandpa’s house where the house would be filled with the men playing cards, the women chatting and baking in the kitchen, the kids upstairs bowling down the hallway, and homemade, delicious Bohemian food galore. I miss those times immensely now. My great grandparents have both passed away in the past five years and we don’t do the big upnorth get-togethers anymore. I wish I knew then how much they would mean to me now. I might have taken a few more moments to just stand in the corner and soak it all in. Memories are a great, great thing and what I hold onto now. I’ll cherish them forever.
A family tradition in my family is to put together a Christmas puzzle. Every year, my mom will buy a Christmas theme/related puzzle and we put all of the pieces onto a card table. It’s fun to sit by the fire, drink some wine, and put the pieces together. My dad is so competitive (even when it comes to putting puzzles together) that he taps his pointer finger rather loudly with a smile when he fits two together. Yes Dad, we see you’ve got it!
We also always make the same Christmas Cookies every year. My mom makes awesome peanut butter balls. I believe it’s peanut butter, pecan shavings, and rice krispies (along with a little bit of this and that) rolled into a ball and covered with milk chocolate. I look forward to them every year, along with the chocolate covered peanut butter Ritz Bitz Crackers and Spritzer Cookies.
My family is huge on what we call Angel Food Candy, also referred to as Sponge Candy. It’s only sold during the Christmas Season, and we just can’t wait until the store has it in stock. We buy it by the bags.
I also bought a gingerbread house kit from Target weeks ago, in hopes that my boyfriend and I could put it together. I thought it would be fun, especially because I’ve never made one. Lets just say that it’s still sitting in the box, patiently waiting to be put together. I’m crossing my fingers that we can put it together before the holiday is over though!
*Keeping my thoughts and prayers with the Luxem Family over this holiday season. I find it absolutely admirable that during a time when most would just feel sorry for themselves they have been full of perseverance, strength and positivity.
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW CAB