First off, I apologize to Kalima, Bito, KQ or Adlib for not asking permission to write this post but I thought I would do so prior to getting too busy, mea culpa in advance. Yesterday I posted a recipe for a favorite cookie recipe that I relate to Christmas and early childhood memories of a great friend. One of the posters here suggested that I open a post where everyone can share their memories, traditions and recipes that are a part of the holiday season and yes, I say Holidays to include all the traditions of many cultures and ethnoreligious groups. I will start the post by sharing some of mine.
I think we all have certain smells, sounds or tastes of the Holidays that we have carried down through the years, here are a few of mine.
My first memory of Christmas approaching was my dad sitting at the kitchen table reading the newspaper and drinking a leisurely cup of coffee. Why? Well I never saw him relax like that unless he was on a vacation day and his company always gave them the day before Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas off with pay and did not charge them for a vacation day. Somehow I think those days contributed to a more relaxed holiday for the whole family, I don’t remember ever having one of those “dysfunctional” holiday celebrations until everyone had grown up, or so you would think.
The smell of a Christmas tree early in the morning when the coffee is starting to brew. Of course now I have one of those manufactured trees but I guarantee you if my grandson requested a “real tree” for Christmas, he would get a real tree.
And who can forget the excitement of the last day at school before Christmas vacation?
My brother-in-law playing Santa for the kids and my daughter, aged 7, saying to him, “You sound like my Uncle Bryan, are you sure you are Santa?”
Our first home with a vaulted ceiling, you can have the tallest tree you want, but first you should be sure you can get it through a door in your house.(Mr and Ms Chevy Chase live in our home)
Watching an I Love Lucy marathon on Christmas Eve with my kids and husband when he got home from work. We got so involved that we were an hour late to his dad’s Christmas Eve celebration. It was worth it, the kids and I had been watching from 7:00 in the morning……
Watching all the Christmas favorites once again, pretending I had not seen them many times in the past……..and of course, The Sound of Music on Thanksgiving evening. I mean whoever gets tired of A Christmas Story, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, It’s A Wonderful Life, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, Trapped in Paradise, A Christmas Carol and a new favorite of mine, Nothing like The Holidays.
Christmas Eve anticipation for me is the gifts I have bought for others, hoping they will really like them. I always want to watch others open their gifts.
No bake cookies, buttermilk squares, toffee, fruit cake(made with spice drops not the typical fruit cake), gingerbread houses, sugar cookies with icing and sprinkles, vanilla wafer loaf, spiral sliced Honey-baked ham. I am not a turkey lover……..sad, but true.
Looking forward to New Years Eve knowing that New Years Day will be spent recovering from all the “FUN” I had the night before. That has not happened for a few years now.
And here are a few of my favorite songs:
What are you doing New Years Eve
I’ll Be home For Chritmas
Christmas Canon Rock
Feed The World
No Place like Home for the Holidays (I think that is the Halloween House but for Christmas)
Now it’s your turn