What are Your Christmas Traditions?
I find it interesting to see what other people do as some of their family Christmas traditions. What are some of your Christmas Traditions? In this article, I am going to share some of my family’s Christmas traditions with you and a family favorite recipe that we fix every year during the Christmas holidays.
Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Probably at the top of the list as one of our favorite family Christmas traditions over the years has been being involved in our church’s Christmas drama. It was called, “This Man Called Jesus,” and was performed for twenty-five years at the church. My husband, children, grandchildren all played parts in the drama throughout the years. There are many people in our community and throughout the world who attended the drama and some came back every year to see it as part of their family traditions.
At home, we decorate our tree and home in a festive manner as I am sure a lot of you do as well. It is always a fun family time of putting up the tree and getting the house ready for the Christmas holidays.
When our children were growing up we always opened presents on Christmas morning, but now that they are grown and have children of their own, we open our presents on Christmas Eve. That way they are able to celebrate Christmas with their children on Christmas morning. We also have a nice Christmas dinner as part of our Christmas celebration. Over the past several years we have gone to our daughter’s house to have breakfast with her and watch her children open their presents. Then, we may drop by and visit other relatives and friends in the area.
We also have a big family party usually after the New Year with all of my extended family. Our house has become the meeting place since my parents have gone on to be with the Lord. My brother, sisters, and their children and grandchildren all gather at our house. Everybody brings finger foods, appetizers, or a covered dish and we all enjoy another day of celebrating together. Each family group represented at the party has their picture taken in front of the Christmas tree. We usually have about thirty or thirty-five people over for this day of celebration. Of course that number continues to grow as the family grows.
We have special treats that we cook only during the holiday season. Over the years I have taught my daughters and now my grandchildren how to cook. One of our favorite things to make every year is Peanut Butter Balls. I only fix these during the holidays, so it gives my family something to look forward to. One of my granddaughters asked me if we could make them in the summer, and I told her she would have to wait until Christmas. I am going to share that recipe with you at the end of this post. If you would like to see some of our other family favorite recipes please stop by my blog called Recipe for Life at: http://www.deborah-bateman.blogspot.com
This is a recipe my family makes every year for Christmas. I usually make four recipes, so we can have plenty for all our Christmas gatherings.
Peanut Butter Balls
1 lb. confectioners sugar
2 sticks margarine or butter, melted
1 cup crushed graham crackers (I run mine through the salad shooter w/ the grate blade)
1 cup peanut butter-you can use crunchy or creamy whichever you prefer, I prefer crunchy, but the grandchildren prefer creamy.
1 tsp vanilla
Melt butter, stir in peanut butter until melted, add sugar, vanilla, and graham crackers crumbs. The mixture will be very thick. Form into balls. Melt 6 oz. chocolate chips with 1/4 bar paraffin wax over low heat in double boiler. Use a toothpick or spoon to dip balls into chocolate. Put on wax paper until set.
* Each recipe will make about 100 bite-size Peanut Butter Balls.
I like to mix the chocolate chips, using some semi-sweet and some milk chocolate.
You can do only milk chocolate, or only semi-sweet, or half of each, or I prefer 3 semi-sweet to 1 milk chocolate.
May God bless you and your family as you celebrate Christmas.
PS. The original copy of “What are Your Christmas Traditions” was published in December 2011 Issue of Living Better at 50+ Magazine at: http://www.livingbetterat50.com/christmas-traditions/