Friday, December 23, 2011

Traditions! Traditions! Traditions!

Well, it's been some time since I have posted. Today as I was preparing for our holiday festivities, I decided that I would share some of my tradtions with you.

For years I never really knew what to do with all the Christmas cards that would arrive.  Some people have Christmas card hangers or pockets to put their cards in. But even with that a person is not able to have full view of the cards.  Eighteen years ago I got the idea to tape them to my front door....that way I can enjoy them through the season and vistors can see photos of old friends as they come to visit.

This is what my door looks like this year.  During the next week I will be adding about 10 more cards that will arrive after Christmas.  This is the last of the Christmas decorations to come down.  I usually keep my cards up through most of January.

At our household the best holiday dessert is a homemade deep dish apple pie. My mother was a fabulous cook and loved to bake pies of all kinds. Everything I ever learned about pie making I learned from my mother!  Below is a photo of our holiday apple pie which I baked this evening to be devoured tomorrow evening on Christmas Eve.  If you are intested in my recipe, you can find it here.

Years ago I use to prepare a full turkey dinner for Christmas but  about 12 years I realize that I was the only one that wasn't having fun on I changed the Christmas menu to the traditional ham and potato casserole that practically cooked itself while I watched the glow in our children's eyes as they enjoyed their presents.  Sometimes traditions have to be changed! 

Then again sometimes you don't even know that things are traditions until your family speaks up when you don't do them.  My homemade rolls are like that. I used Costco rolls one year and I've never lived it down.

Of course, the best tradition of all is just being together with family!

Whatever your traditions are
enjoy them with your family and have
 a very Merry Christmas!


  1. Wow Judi. Talk about a flood of memories coming back. Your pie made me feel like mom was standing by. Your pie looks just like mom's. I love your idea of putting your cards on the door. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    Love, Nancy

  2. Judi, it is so good to see your blog come up on my dashboard! Thanks for your cards and I will definitely get your recipe as Apple Pie is my fave. We make homemade veg/beef soup and pinto beans and cornbread for Christmas! My Mom started this eons ago (she passed away in 1990) and we continue it to this day. We are mostly tired of the ham and such by now and these both taste so good. As you say, it gives us all time to spend together as well.
    Hope your weekend is fabulous and the year again everything you want it to bel!
    hugs....Merry Christmas!

  3. So good to see your post here Judi! I loved your Christmas e-card with photos of your beautiful family. I have to say that pie looks scrumptious - love the holly leaves and berries carved into the crust - what fun! Sounds like you had a great holiday. Looking forward to 2012 too - have a great New Year!
    Sharon :)