The main holiday tradition in our house now that our children are grown and we are retired, is the Christmas Dinner, usually served around 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Day.
MENU: Roast Turkey, with roast potatoes and whole carrots, roasted around the turkey. Then there are the side dishes of dressing (or stuffing), green bean casserole, marshmallowed sweet potatoes and cranberry/raspberry jello salad. Then the most important item of all -- the gravy! My husband's Grandmother taught me to make this and it is an absolute must with any roast dinner.
Dessert -- a little later comes Tollhouse cookie chocolate chip brownies - -- again a 'must' at Christmas and Thanksgiving. If that is too much sugar, there are also Harry and David pears, sent to us every year by a favorite friend of ours from our church.
At least one of our two sons and their girlfriend/wife will join us. In this photo, son #2 from Boise, managed to include himself in the photo because of the mirror in the background.
There is another tradition at Christmas at our house, because Christmas Day is also my birthday.
You can see my birthday cards on the hutch.
In this photo you can see our 'Charlie Brown' Christmas Tree, which is actually quite pretty this year, the mirror behind it enhancing the lights. Gone are the days of 7 foot Christmas trees! After 54 years of decorating the tree we not only down sized our house but also our tree and decorations. My birthday cards can be seen to the right of the tree. I turned 76 this year and I received 16 birthday cards!
Another tradition we used to have was that of including a chocolate birthday cake for me, but in the end we had so much food it just seemed unnecessary, so we haven't done this for about the last ten years.
However, all of these celebrations are preceded by the Christmas Eve Service at the Carlsbad Community Church, where my husband served as pastor for 28 years before retiring in 2001.
These are just some of the traditions at our house at Christmas. There are more traditions that are important to other people, to be seen by visiting FRIDAY, MY TOWN SHOOT-OUT. You can easily visit by just clicking HERE.