Our Christmas traditions always start at Thanksgiving when we give each of our family members a "special ornament". We started this when our first son got married and now 8 grandchildren it has become a tradition. Our ornaments are "special" because we try to find one that will commemorate something that has happen in their lives during the year. Sometimes we can find them at our local Christmas stores and other times we have to create something from wood, paper, clay etc. On each I have placed their name and year so as each future Christmas comes they can remember why they received their ornament.
"Little Matthew with his baseball ornament, this is the first year he played ball."
Over the next week we get our Christmas letter and cards ready for the mail.
I love making my packages as pretty as I can, so I start early in the year making tags.
The week before Christmas is always busy making some of our favorite cokies and candies. We make 10-12 different cookies and 6 or so in candies to be delivered to our neighbors and friends. One of our favorites is Grandma Van Dusen's Peanut Butter Cookies.
2 1/2 C. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1c. soften margarine
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. peanut butter
2 t. vanilla
*Cream margarine, sugars, eggs, vanilla together
*Add peanut butter
*Stir in dry ingredients
*Roll into balls
*Flatten with fork - HINT: Dip fork in a cup of water will keep fork from sticking to batter
*Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes
*Cool 1 to 2 minutes on cookie sheet to finish cooking.
This recipe is wonderful to make thumbprint cookies using Candy Kisses.
On Christmas Eve we attend church for the "eve service", come home and finish up any little details that needs to be done prior to Christmas day since we know there will be early riser at our house. We have a day of celebrating Christ birth and enjoying each other.
This blog event is going to add pounds on me. What a yummy recipe! Thank you Pam.
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