Finally, it's December! All day and night there's a frost that lingers. Snow is falling outside and the fire inside warm our homes. It's the most wonderful time of the year! There are many things about this holiday season that bring me joy. From the lights to the carols, 'tis truly a season to be jolly!
I have many memories of great Christmases. Over the years, my own traditions have evolved from childhood to adulthood. I have kept some favorites and created some new ones.
As a kid, my favorite holiday tradition was Christmas caroling. I know almost every Christmas carol there is. I remember singing in the Church choir for several years. I even sang a few solos! I remember going to nursing homes with my 8th grade class mates to sing carols for the elderly. This is a very precious memory! There was even a few years I would go caroling around the neighborhood with my Grandpa and Grandma, my Aunt Kathy, my mom and my brothers and sisters. Like Buddy the elf always says, "the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!" and I couldn't agree more!
Another holiday tradition I had growing up was making Christmas cookies with my Grandma Taylor. Every year, a few days before Christmas, my grandma's little kitchen become a bakery! We baked chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, oatmeal cookies, apple pie, pecan pie, and caramel popcorn. It was a sugary feast for days! The memories I have baking with my grandma are more sweet to me than any cookie out there!
There are many more holiday traditions I had as a child, too many to count. Now that I have grown up the holiday spirit has not gone away! With Zack, our first Christmas together, we started a tradition of getting each other one special ornament. This will be our 10th Christmas together! You can imagine how full our tree is with special ornaments!
I have spent many holiday seasons with the Malabad family. My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve! Christmas Eve with the Malabads is like your favorite Hallmark holiday movie. It begins with Christmas music playing through out the house. The fire place is burning steadily. The tree is lit. Everyone is cheery and full of Christmas joy. A Christmas Eve feast is prepared. And when I say feast, I mean FEAST! There is a ham, sausage, meatballs, piroshki, caprisi salad, french bread, cheese, a fruit and a veggie tray, and of course wine, beer and eggnog! This is by far the best meal of the year! Along with our feast, we watch our favorite Christmas movie, The Polar Express. We end the night with opening one present each. And then it's off to bed we go because Santa Claus is coming!
However you celebrate the Holidays, I hope you embrace the Christmas spirit. Surround yourself with family and loved ones. Give a little extra to those in need. Be the light in the darkness. Be the miracle someone may need.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas,