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October 23, 2011 | Vineyard | OS VINE


How many of you have family traditions associated with Christmas time? I know we do. Many we may practice for a few years and then try something new. But, we have a couple which never change.

We have a trim the tree party every year. In the days leading up to our tree decorating, Christmas cookies are made - the same year after year - Sugar Cookies, Sand Tarts, Angel Wings, Cocoons, Bourbon Balls and Nut Clusters. The evening of the party, we have a buffet dinner with meats, cheeses, chips and dip, cookies, salmon ball and crackers. Other items appear, but these are the mainstays. After dinner, ornaments are lovingly placed upon the tree until there are almost no empty branches!

The days following are filled with the hustle and bustle of the season ... shopping (for those who have not yet finished!), wrapping, baking and cooking. But, we never forget family time which is liberally enjoyed by all.

One of my favorite traditions is the Christmas dinner menu. The girls and I prepare recipes that my mother and grandmother prepared when I was young! You would think the same food, year after year, would become tiresome. But, when a new menu is discussed, it is met with much opposition. Why mess with a good thing, right?

The turkey is usually smoked the night before, after being stuffed of course! Other dishes include Sweet Potato Souffle, Broccoli Nut Casserole, Creamed Onions, Strawberry Pretzel Salad and Cranberry Salad (aka "Fluff"). Pumpkin Pie is always dessert and normally accompanied by Pecan Pie. Now that I have made us all hungry....

I hope if you have not already begun your own family traditions, that you will start this year. Make time for and enjoy your family. Most of all, do not get so busy and forget the reason we are celebrating - it is the time of year, set apart to remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!  


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