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What is your holiday tradition?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Children all over the world continue the tradition of hanging Christmas stockings. In some countries children have similar customs, in France the children place their shoes by the fireplace, a tradition dating back to when children wore wooden peasant shoes.

The German Christmas season officially begins with the first Sunday of Advent. Stollen, the oldest known German Christmas treat, and Christmas cookies (Plätzchen) are often baked during this time. Gingerbread houses, nativity scenes, hand-carved wooden Nutcracker figures (Nussknacker), Christmas pyramids (Weihnachtspyramiden), and lighted city streets and homes are all signs that Christmas is on its way.

In Holland the children fill their shoes with hay and a carrot for the horse of Sintirklass. In Hungary children shine their shoes before putting them near the door or a window sill.

Italian children leave their shoes out the night before Epiphany, January 5, for La Befana the good witch. And in Puerto Rico children put greens and flowers in small boxes and place them under their beds for the camels of the Three Kings.

What is your Holiday tradition?

Most of my Christmas traditions that I remember was when I was a kid. As a really young child, my parents decorated the tree Christmas Eve, after I went to bed. I did get to open one gift on Christmas Eve...usually pajamas. I also always got a doll.
Now my DH and I don't have a tradition. The family is smaller and we don't get together like we used to. I think we are going to his cousin's house for dinner, so it is nice to get together with the ones we do see.

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NBARNES 12/17/2014 10:02PM

    Court, i had the same tradition growing up, one present Christmas Eve and it was pajamas. When my boys were little we had lots of little traditions, cookies for Santa, reading "The Life and Times of Santa Claus" the weeks before Christmas, picking names off the community tree and shopping...but now that its just the two of us at home we're more flexible with our traditions too. We love getting together with friends on Christmas Eve for a rousing game of pool - but this year we'll be in Houston for the holiday which will be fun too.

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IRISHMUM3 12/15/2014 11:32AM

    We eat tamales, frijoles (beans), and rice on Christmas Eve, unless we are with the family for turkey and the trimmings that night - in that case, tamales are on Christmas Day..

We give our sons and ourselves new PJs on Christmas Eve so that we have new ones on in the Christmas morning pictures while we open gifts and enjoy breakfast casserole.

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PATTYKLAVER 12/15/2014 9:26AM

    I grew up with my family starting the season out on Thanksgiving by watching the parade and eating way too much! As I had my own children, we would decorate the tree the next day. A favorite outing for us would be to drive around and look at the decorated houses and talk about everything. We went to church on Christmas Eve and opened presents with my side of the family. Christmas Day was spent with their Dad's side of the family.

This year, we have lost beloved family members and they aren't very close to Dad any more. We have a new addition to our family and are concentrating on starting new traditions just for me, my girls and my granddaughter.

Happy holidays!

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TUDAFD 12/14/2014 9:50PM

    We light an Advent wreath and go to Christmas Mass. Of course, Santa comes. Advent calendars have become a tradition, too.

We make sugar cookies with all the cookie cutters that my hubby and I purchased while living in Germany (before kids). We have a "live" tree and we drive around to look at lights.

I do a lot of canning and we always share with neighbors and friends. We wear Christmas hats while making door-to-door deliveries.

My favorite tradition is going to my folks for Christmas. It is one of only a few times each year that the whole family gets together.

One of my favorite traditions as a kid was putting out cookies for Santa. My dad always heard the reindeer on the roof and he always saw them in the yard. For some reason, my sisters, brother, and I never did. :) He always caught a glimpse of the Easter Bunny, too.

Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Merry Christmas. :)

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-COURT- 12/14/2014 8:02PM

    Oh no, WESAPHILLIPS, hope you all are better in time for Christmas day.
Love reading the great traditions.

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    **We decorate the tree the day after Thanksgiving while watching White Christmas.
**We have a birthday party for Jesus on Christmas Eve after attending the service.
**We let the kids open their ornament for the year on Christmas Eve.

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DOOBRIE 12/14/2014 5:12PM

    In the UK our children traditionally leave a mince pie and a glass of sherry out for Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) and a carrot for his reindeer. We have Christmas trees and garlands that hang from the ceilings to decorate the home. Presents are usually opened first thing on Christmas Day (although I have heard of some families opening them after lunch). Our Christmas lunch is very much like a Thanksgiving one. We traditionally have turkey, sausages wrapped in bacon (pigs in blankets), stuffing, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, brussels sprouts, carrots and gravy. Many families also like Yorkshire puddings (mini savory batter cups), bread sauce and cranberry sauce. Then we have Christmas pudding with cream, custard, ice cream or brandy butter. After all that food most of us just slump in front of the television until evening when we might have something like a turkey and stuffing sandwich followed by a shared box of chocolates!

Some people like to go to Midnight Mass at the church on Christmas Eve to sing carols and some like going for a walk after the Christmas lunch (although I don't actually know anyone who does this!).

When I was a child I used to wake up to a Christmas stocking hanging on the end of the bed which contained oranges, apples, nuts and small toys. I also had a pillow case filled with presents placed at the end of my bed and usually one or two big toys under the tree. We didn't have much money but my mum and dad always made sure that Christmas was magical for us!

Hope you have a good one!


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WESAPHILLIPS 12/14/2014 4:49PM

  We put our tree up the Sunday after Thanksgiving..which we did...but..we also
Ring Bells for the Salvation Army, Make cookies and peanut butter balls, make banana and cherry bread, and attend the Holiday Pops Concert..however, we have had to cancel or postpone all of this due to the Influenza A hitting me..and soon, I am sure, the kids and hubby!! We also attend our Christmas Eve service...but we will be lucky if we can leave the house before Christmas at all..if the kids get this...they are 10 days contagious!! Adults...7 days...
Sorry for the bummer...but we look so forward to the Holidays...and me talking to one coworker for 15 minutes landed me Influenza A!!
Happy Holidays Anyway!!

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Dinner in a pasta shell

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Okay, this may not be the healtiest, but I have to post a recipe link and this is the only way I know how to post it.

Jumbo Shell Chicken w/dressisng

2lbs of boneless chicken
1 Lg container of stove top dressing
1(8oz) sour cream
1 can of cream of chicken soup
3/4 cup of water
1(8oz) pk mozzarella cheese (we like the finely shredded)

Boil chicken and prepare dressing accordingly.
Shred chicken.

Mix chicken and dressing together with sour cream.

Cook shells.

Stuff macaroni shells with dressing mixture and place in 9 by 13 pan.

Mix water and soup and pour over stuff shells.
Spread thin layer of cheese over top.

Bake at 325 in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

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ARTISTSBRUSH 12/9/2014 12:00AM

    Wow, this sounds yum. I bet it would work wonders with Thanksgiving leftovers too!

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ROSAMARCELLE 11/24/2014 5:06PM

    Sounds delicious. emoticon

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BA5454 11/24/2014 10:33AM

    Sounds good and there's always lower fat ingredients to substitute. Thanks for the post!

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-COURT- 11/23/2014 11:09PM

    I don't like sea food either. Chicken and turkey are my fav.

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BABY_GIRL69 11/23/2014 10:18PM

    Well it's a recipe not big on seafood.....

God bless,


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FRAN0426 11/23/2014 9:53PM

    Sounds delish, thanks for sharing

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 11/23/2014 9:33PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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The first Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 23, 2014


from Wiki
Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It became an official Federal holiday in 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens", to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.[1] Also, there are reports that the original Thanksgiving proclamation was signed by George Washington.[2] As a federal and public holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.

The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621.[3] This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans (as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow)[4] and 53 Pilgrims.[5] The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings"—

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Wake your inner spirit

Sunday, November 23, 2014

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." Albert Schweitzer

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ARTISTSBRUSH 12/9/2014 12:01AM

    What a great quote!

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Think happy

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”
Dale Carnegie

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ROSAMARCELLE 11/23/2014 5:49AM

    Absolutely! Have a great Sunday. emoticon

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ARTISTSBRUSH 11/14/2014 11:15AM

    Absolutely! Thank you for the reminder!

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