Tuesday, December 06, 2011

SPONSORED POST: Holiday Comforts

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The most comforting thing about the holidays are the traditions each of our families have.  Many memories are created around these traditions.  Do you have any holiday traditions?  You already know that we do an advent calendar and have a tradition giving gifts in a unique way to our children.  Another one we have is picking out an ornament each year that represents what the year means to us.  For instance, in 2007 when we were about to have Caden, we purchased "It's a Boy!" Ornament.  When we bought our first house, we purchased an ornament of a home with a key.  It's always fun to see what the Christmas tree is filled with and there are tons of stories and memories as we dress the tree.

My most favorite holiday tradition is being cozy in the house and baking. We crank up the Christmas music and the oven and bake, bake, bake.  Caden and I were busy this weekend making mint M&M dipped pretzels.  He chose Chipmunks as the Christmas tunes and helped me make these goodies look good!  Every time I bake goodies around the holidays, it makes me think back to when I was young.  It's been a family tradition to bake a lot of goodies for neighbors. One year, I think we maxed out at 24 varieties of treats.  It was insane!  I think we spent two solid weekends in the kitchen.

There are so many memories I have from being in the kitchen, but mostly, I just remember enjoying time with family in a wonderfully smelling kitchen.  My mom always had a little potpourri dish out that smelled so wonderful.  I have no idea what it's called, but the potpourri sat in water above a lit candle and it smelled so, so good.

Now I look forward to the memories with my own children in passing down and creating our own traditions. Caden loves helping me in the kitchen and we had lots of laughs this weekend.

I think I just noticed why most of the M&Ms in the pretzels are green.  Someone was eating all the red ones.  I wonder who??

What holiday traditions are your favorite?

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