What is the earliest Christmas memory that you can recall?
The first Christmas that I can remember vividly is when I got a little desk and chair for Christmas. I can still remember sitting there with skittles in my pencil holder feeling so important. I spent many days at that desk as a historian, a secretary and an artist. I never thought then, that my own child, years later would enjoy that very same toy. It was so special this year to watch my son (18 months) climb up into the seat and pretend to write with whatever toy was grasped in his tiny hand. It brought such joy to my heart!
What do you look forward to the most this time of year?
I love that everyone has there own traditions that they look forward to every year. And, I love the atmosphere that surrounds this season and that so many people focus on helping others, giving and love. If only it could be like this every day!
What is your favorite Christmas recipe?
Anything that my Mother makes for our Christmas meal is my favorite recipe! It has not changed very much over the years and we are all very happy about that! We look forward to those things that we expect every year and heaven forbid that my Mom should change anything. :)
What does your perfect Christmas dinner consist of?
Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, corn, fresh buns, one cup (fruit) salad. Made by Mom.
Did you ever believe in Santa?
Nope. I always knew the story of Saint Nick, whom Santa Claus represents, so I knew that Santa wasn”t a real person.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
I love pretty much all Christmas music. Except maybe “Grandma got run over by a Reindeer”. I remember being horrified and having tears come to my eyes when I heard that song for the first time as a kid, I felt so sad for that poor Grandma. And, once I found out that it was not real I couldn”t figure out why someone would sing a song like that just for fun. For those reasons it always makes me cringe every time I hear it. :)
One of my favorite Christmas albums is Relient K”s “Let it Snow Baby.. Let it Reindeer”. And, one of my favorite songs from that album is “I celebrate the day”. It makes me cry every time I hear it. And since I didn”t want to be the only one crying I thought I would share it with you. :)
Do you have any simple throw together recipes that would make peoples lives a little easier this time of year?
Yes! This year my mom and I have been making and horking down on Cranberry Almond Bark. Neither of us are huge chocolate fans but this stuff is addictive and sooo easy!
Cranberry Almond Bark
adapted from TasteofHome
- 8 oz. white chocolate, melted
- 3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted
- 3/4 cup almonds, toasted
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- Mix almonds and cranberries into white chocolate. Spread onto waxed paper.
- Drizzle semi-sweet chocolate over all.
- Chill until firm and break into desired sized pieces. Store in the fridge.
Makes: 1 pound (approx. 16 servings)
Find the recipes in the photos:
- Simple Croissants
- Gluten-Free Brownie Bites
- Oatmeal Raisin Spice Cookies
- Grapefruit Cranberry Marmalade
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this blog of mine. It has been so much fun getting to know you and sharing this space with you. I wish you all the very best Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year! God bless us.. everyone! :)