What do you and your people do to celebrate the Christmas season? Do you have any special traditions or rituals? At the beginning of 2017, I read How to Celebrate Everything by food blogger Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner: A Love Story fame. In the intro of this delightful cookbook, she says, “Babies crave routines. Families crave rituals.” Since reading that, I’ve tried to be conscious of creating some rituals for our little family.
The Christmas season, more than any other time of year, begs for establishing some fun traditions. I snagged some of ours from my own childhood (cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning! going to pick out a tree!), and others have evolved as we tend to do similar things year after year.
We kick things off in the week or two after Thanksgiving by going to our favorite Christmas tree lot and picking out a Christmas tree. Last year, we were so late in getting a tree, we went well after dark on the coldest night of the year with our 6 month old baby. Because we were super cold, we chose hastily and ended up with a rather lopsided tree that boasted an unavoidable bald spot. This year, we planned much more wisely, went on a Friday afternoon when the weather was an unseasonable 60 degrees. It was a delight. When we got home, we (Bob) got it in the tree stand and leveled it out.
On the night we set up and decorate our tree, we have lasagna for dinner–a real treat in our house! Related: did you know you don’t have to pre-cook your lasagna noodles? You don’t! We used this recipe and aren’t going back.
We also try to make time for at least one Christmas movie. Since we live in the middle of nowhere, our TV proudly broadcasts 3 channels, so Christmas movies on TV are limited, at best, and we have to head to the movie store. Any recommendations for us this year?
More years than not, my mom and sister and I find a Saturday afternoon to make gevulde koeken–they’re a dutch, almond paste filled cookie. Delicious!
We’re fortunate enough to live close to family and don’t have to travel far over the holidays. Which means we’ve always been able to wake up in our own house on Christmas morning. We have cinnamon rolls and bacon (!!) for breakfast, and then exchange gifts in front of the fireplace. It’s all rather cozy and delightful!
I’d love to hear: what do you and your people do around the holidays to mark the season? Do you have any Christmas or New Year’s traditions that you love?