our way to have CHRISTMAS

This year, we will be spending Christmas Eve with my parents, my sisters and their husbands and kids. Mama makes the best Turkey and dressing and my daddy ritualistically makes the fruit ambrosia. When we girls add our dishes, we end up with a true feast.

We’ll have dinner, open gifts and end the evening gathered around the family room with Daddy reading the Christmas Story. It’s the same thing we’ve done since Lori, Amy, Kelly and I were little girls..now the grandkids would almost skip opening presents before foregoing the tender moment of this tradition.

My Chipper and I will drive an hour to Florence, where we’ll spend the night with Joshua and Nikki and Scott and Jena..Tammy, too. Our Christmas Eve nights are so nostalgic..that’s what I love most..KNOWING what your family will be doing.

No matter where you are..you can do the things that make the season ..yours. Josh, Jensi, and Tang always slept in the same room and had a STAR WARS marathon. Three years ago, we were able to spend CHRISTMAS EVE at our house together and my two seemed over-anxious to camp out in Jen’s room and relive their childhood. I remember going to the door in the wee hours of the morning and peeking in. There were my grown babies (in their twenties) sprawled out on the floor with their comforters-Josh’s mouth open with a trickle of drool and Jen’s familiar snoring sound-a Kodak memory indeed.

My Chipper and I never had a lot of money when our children were growing up..but like our parents had done when we were growing up, we made sure CHRISTMAS was magical and that we had a reason to anticipate the magic.

Another tradition we have that I cherish most is-when my Chipper and I have made sure Santa has come, we sit on the couch with the tree and firelight only and don’t really talk..we enjoy the Silent Night-the beauty of pure peace.

Of course, Christmas Eve will be different this year. We have married children or nearly married children! Joshua and Nikki have to work until 3am & 7am, but, we’ll be ready to celebrate as soon as our son pulls into the drive.

I’ll start up our scratchy recording of BEHOLD THAT STAR, so the rest of our kids will know that Santa’s been and Josh has made it home from the hospital.

When I was growing up, mama played Jingle Bells and had hot cocoa waiting on us when we entered the wonderland of make believe..funny how we carry on traditions..though we sometimes add our own twist. Our family song came about because when the kids were about ten and eight, we had an old budget cd with this BEHOLD that STAR song on it. Tammy hated it and she’d SKIP to the next one. For our little pranksters, it was prime get on your nerves stuff. They’d all but tie Tangy up and FORCE her to listen over & over-eventually, BEHOLD took over as our Christmas morning song.

Christmas morning after we’ve opened all the presents, we’ll have original Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls shaped like a Christmas tree (I put candles on it & we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus) Fancy Ham Biscuits, cheese omelets, bacon, & strawberries and bananas and apple julep.

After Breakfast we’ll PLAY..we ALWAYS get toys to try out and break in! 😀

Christmas Dinner

Rosemary and Garlic roasted Leg of Lamb

Roasted Potatoes, Onions, Celery and Carrots

Broccoli Casserole (Nikki’s favorite)

Creamed Corn

Sweet Potato Souffle

Mushroom Rice (Tammy’s favorite)

Cranberry Chutney

Homemade  Bread


Pavlova with fresh fruit and whipping cream (mine and Chipper’s favorite)

Pumpkin Yule Log (Scott loves anything pumpkin, hopefully he’ll love this)

Egg Custard Pie (Josh’s favorite)

Hershey Bar Pie (Jena’s favorite)

I’ll post the recipes for most of these over the next couple of days and tell you what’s gluten free and what’s not, too.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jena
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 13:57:07

    I LOVE all our Christmas traditions 🙂 so many memories 🙂 See you soon Mommy 🙂


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