Tuesday, December 15, 2009

25 Days of Christmas: Day 15

Our family has so many different traditions this time of year, I love embracing each one with as much anticipation as the next.

Winter Wonderland
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One of our family's favorite things to do the week of Christmas, often on Deember 22nd or 23rd when the kids are getting ansy about the arrival of Christmas morning, is to go to a neighboring subdivision and view the various homes that are all decked out. It truly does vary from year to year, and no matter what we enjoy every minute. I often make them a cup of hot cocoa to take, with a few Christmas cookies that we have baked to enjoy while we stroll (in the Explorer) street after street. It was something I loved as a child, and I think I appreciate it more as an adult.

I am a very simple kind of gal though. I don't go overboard on my own lights, simple spiraled around each tree on each side of my walkaway, up the walkway, up the bushes, around the front of the house. All soilid white. Very classy. Very cozy, and yet so pretty on it's own. I have seen many homes overdone, and it just looks so tacky! BUT..... to each it's own.

No Bake Cookies
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Ingredients
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1 stick oleo or margarine
3 cups quick oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup peanut butter

Directions
Place sugar, cocoa, milk and oleo in sauce pan. Bring to a boil and boil for a minute. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and nuts (if wanted). Blend well, stir in oatmeal and vanilla. Drop by teaspoon on waxed paper. Let stand until cool and real firm. **Please be wary. These are very addictive!**

Do you have any favorite traditions? Do you go out and look at Christmas lights in your community?

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