Our holiday traditions start before Thanksgiving and involve family at every turn. We kick-off Thanksgiving Day early with twenty or so extended family members arriving in the morning for mimosas and to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, followed by a mid-afternoon feast on the back porch to accommodate the whole family and whoever else might join in! Inevitably, a few extra extended family members show up and are happily received.
Our Christmas tree is being put up increasingly earlier in the season. We used to put it up the week after Thanksgiving but these days with the grandkids so anxious for the holidays we give in and put it up in early November. And again, Mimosas are involved as they figure heavily into our holiday traditions. Following the tree, a wide array of beautiful decorations spread across our home. The best way we’ve found to accent traditional holiday decor is through the use of natural greenery. There are so many holly varieties and evergreens available, making it easy for anyone to create a truly festive space. A roll of red ribbon and greenery can go a long way in making a space special for the holidays.
To embrace the spirit of giving this season, we all decided it was best to support local charities rather than buying more of the same gifts none of us need. The adults in the family dispensed exchanging gifts and decided to only treat the children and give to those in need. Although we altered our gift-giving tradition, a tradition we still take very seriously is one of our biggest holiday events, cookie making! It’s always an all day affair with the kids. Everyone pitches in to roll and cut-out sugar cookies, then the kids ice them in every imaginable color. Sprinkles, colored sugar, red hots, and anything else edible help create the perfect Christmas cookies. The kitchen is a wreck after, but we make some great memories.