Saturday, November 28, 2009

Show Us Your Life ~ Christmas Traditions

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We love Christmas time. Not because of the busyness of the season and the buying of presents, but because of the celebration of the birth of our Savior! If there is one "tradition" that I want our girls to remember when they get older it is that they truly understand that this season is really about rejoicing that God made a way for us to be with Him forever! I really don't think that there is anything wrong with decorating and buying presents, but if we don't understand WHY we are doing those things then why do them?

I'll admit that I have gotten caught up in all of the hulabaloo of the crazyness that is buying the perfect toy and making sure the girls have exactly 10 presents apiece to open, but that is so not what it is about. It is really about celebrating the fact that a little over 2000 years ago God took on human flesh and came into this world as a baby to give us a way for salvation!
We usually put our tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving.

For our Christmas we usually go to my Dad's on Christmas Eve and Brian's mom (Nana) usually has something on either day at her house.

Her house is so pretty decorated for Christmas!


Christmas morning we wake up and open presents and then head to Brian's dad's store where he always cooks a big Christmas breakfast.

Last year Anna drew Poppy a picture with apples for him to hang in his store!


We get a Honey Baked ham to eat on Christmas Day and then I fix a simple meal to go along with it. I usually fix tins full of different candy's to give to our family when we have our get togethers. These are the candies that I fix:

*Peanut Butter Fudge
*Chocolate Fudge
*Puppy Chow (Rice Chex mix with melted choc & PB tossed in powdered sugar!)
*Chocolate Covered PB&Crackers
*Chocolate Covered Pretzels
*Chocolate & PB Buckeyes
*Cookies

I didn't get pics of the candy last year, but here is one of the cheese balls that we love to eat every year. We love snacky type foods that we can just munch on for a few days!

We love this dip/cheese ball! It has three simple ingredients and it is so yummy! You can add different sauces if you want, but it is just as delish with just this:

Cream Cheese
Ham
Green Onions

How much you need is according to how much you want to make! Usually you can use just 2 blocks of cream cheese, but I wanted to make a larger portion this time so I used 3.

Finely chop the ham & the green onions and add it to the softened cream cheese.

You can either eat it right out of the bowl or form it into a ball and roll it in some crushed nuts. Then serve with your favorite crackers!

We hope you have a truly Blessed Christmas!

6 comments:

"Dove" said...

We have left over ham from Thanksgiving and I'm going to try your dip. It looks wonderful! Looks like you all have a wonderful Christmas morning together.

Summer said...

Love your christmas traditions! The dip sounds yummy!
Summer :0)

Summer said...

Love your christmas traditions! The dip sounds yummy!
Summer :0)

Courtney said...

Wonderful traditions. We do a similar cheeseball with dried beef. Thanks for sharing!

Mommyto3andahusky said...

I make a similar dip like that as well! :) I add a tsp of mustard to mine to give it some zip! :) Great traditions!

noahandlylasmommi said...

your christmas decorations are beautiful!!

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