Monday, December 23, 2013

Traditions and a Yummy Recipe

tra·di·tion trəˈdiSHən/ noun
  1. 1.
    the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.

Are you a traditional person?  Do you love to do and have certain things year after year? This time of year is all about traditions, and I love them!  As a kid we had many traditions that my family carries on today.  

Despite five years of lessons, sadly singing around the piano is not one of them.  
That is me, looking at the camera.

But we do carry on some childhood traditions such as opening one gift on Christmas eve.
This is the year I got a Skipper gymnastic set on Christmas Eve

We go bowling on Christmas Eve day before church.  And have soup and bread for dinner.
My oldest

My kids get pajamas on Christmas eve.  I quickly lay them out on their beds before we leave for bowling. 
In the past I would sew matching jammies--cheaper and less stressful to buy them!

We have always put out stockings on the couch or chair on Christmas eve for Santa to fill.
My boys both tossed their socks that they get every year in their stockings.

And when we open gifts in the morning, we sort them all and open one at a time, starting with the youngest.
I miss the days of buying dolls for my dolly!

We enjoy this yummy monkey bread recipe on Christmas morning (I make a real one and a gluten free one).

Monkey Bread:
Melt together a cube of butter and 1 C. of vanilla ice cream

Stir in 1 C. brown sugar and 1 C. white sugar

Heavily grease a 9x13 pan with butter.  Place one layer of frozen dinner rolls in the pan

Sprinkle with a good coat of cinnamon and sugar.  Pour ice cream mixture over the top.
Cover with greased plastic wrap.  Set out over night.

In the morning bake at 350 until lightly browned and done.  We often flip rolls over into a jelly roll pan to bake the underside for a few minutes.

My oldest (20 year old) is not coming home this year for Christmas--has to work.  It is the first Christmas without all of my babies and it will be different.  But the comfort of traditions will help and hopefully he will carry a few of these on. 

Thanks for indulging my walk down memory lane.  Let me hear a few of your favorite traditions!


  1. Such lovely traditions and very similar to some that we do also. Merry Christmas!

  2. I used to get so excited on Christmas Eve that I could hardly stand it. To calm us down a bit my sister & I also opened 1 gift. Now I have 2 grown sons & my youngest has a girlfriend. They're coming over to have our traditional dinner of enchiladas. Yum!


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