Holiday TraditionsTuesday, December 20, 2016 4:30 AM
It is officially the week of Christmas and I couldn't be more excited!
So Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate Christmas and Happy Hanukah to those who celebrate Hanukah.
Due to circumstances beyond my control I will only have one post this week. Actually my posts may be few and far between over the next few weeks. The weather has been very uncooperative recently, snowing and freezing or warmer and raining which makes it very hard to take photos. My father also has not been feeling well and while we think what is going on will be manageable it has been time consuming with appointments for my parents and worry for the rest of us. I like to devote 100% to Sparkle and Slippers and I feel like I just can not right now, it will have to take a back burner.
One of the reasons I love Christmas so much is because of our family traditions...
Christmas Trash and Peppermint Bark
This is a tradition I started with my son a few years ago. Last year I posted about Christmas Trash, click here for the recipe. Two holiday treats we like to make together for his teachers and my co-workers. Easy and delicious!
My mother always made cookies with us during the holiday season, usually the week of Christmas. Now she tries to make them with her grandchildren. Rolling the dough and decoration with frosting and toppings. They love it, especially the little ones.
Seven Fish Italian Christmas Eve Dinner
Christmas Eve has always been my favorite. In our Family Christmas Eve is almost a bigger deal than actual Christmas. A huge feast made up of many kinds of seafood i.e. shrimp scampi, clam sauce, calamari, scallops, seafood casserole, etc. While I am not sure we have ever had all seven fish, seafood is well represented. This is an Italian/Sicilian tradition that has happened every Christmas Eve for generations within my family.
Christmas Eve Mass
For as long as I can remember my family has been going to Christmas Eve Mass. As children it was always the 4 PM Mass, when we got older Midnight Mass. There was always something about Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve that seemed magical. Now that we all have children of our own, we have gone back to the 4 PM Mass.
One Gift on Christmas Eve
Again, something we always did as children and now we do with our children. So much of the fun inspecting each package and trying to figure out the best to open.
Those reindeer must get super hungry flying Santa all over the world to deliver all the toys.
Equal parts oatmeal and glitter. While the glitter shimmers in the moonlight so Santa knows to stop at our house, the oatmeal provides sustenance for reindeer for their long journey. Nolan and I love to shake it all over our front lawn, right before bedtime. We also make little bags for his cousins so they can feed the reindeer as well.
I come from a very silly family!! We love to have fun. A few years back we made a video to a Taylor Swift's We Are Never Getting Back Together.
It was extremely silly and fun and we try to make a holiday music video on either Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other holiday we are all together.
What are your holiday Traditions?
On to this Holiday look:
I feel like anything involving plaid, red or green and voilà holiday look!
These pants are so fun and believe it or not can be styled so many ways.
Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays!