‘Tis the season of holiday traditions, and I love the memories and warm feelings those traditions bring! I’ve always been the tradition keeper in my home, and my kids still expect certain things to remain exactly the same year in, year out.
At our house, holiday traditions begin the day after Thanksgiving, when we decorate the house and put up the Christmas tree. We love to play Christmas music while we hang the hundreds of ornaments I’ve collected over the years. I might have a bit of an ornament obsession.
Once the tree is up, we have a candy cane hunt! I buy two dozen candy canes, and then hide them around the house. The kids search them out, and then hang them on the tree. They’re allowed to eat no more than one per day, so sometimes by Christmas day there aren’t any candy canes left. But that’s the idea! It’s best to enjoy those candy canes during the season.
On Christmas Eve, we pile into the car with hot cocoa, and drive around looking at all the Christmas lights. Sometimes we go through neighborhoods, and sometimes we visit special drive-through holiday light shows. It’s such a magical tradition!
Of course, food is a major part of everyone’s holiday traditions, right? While I don’t usually leave munchies out, the holidays are different. I love to put out a bowl of nuts with a nutcracker, fill candy dishes with favorite treats, and have a nice big container of Chex snack mix on hand. ‘Tis the season for snacking!
Of course, there are also lots of freshly baked cookies around, and the cut-out cookies are the family favorite. The recipe comes from an old Betty Crocker cookbook my mom gave me. It doesn’t even have a cover on it anymore, but I can’t give it up!
I’d love to hear about your holiday traditions, and so would General Mills. For 150 years, the family of brands, including Pillsbury, Betty Crocker and Chex, has been a part of the beloved food and holiday traditions that we all hold so dear. This year, the company wants to celebrate the people who make the season special. We all have someone close to us who inspires and keeps traditions alive, right?
I encourage you to share your nostalgic holiday photos and any stories you have that celebrate your special tradition keepers. Please share those photos and stories on Twitter and Instagram with #HolidayTraditions, and each time you share, you’ll be entered to win my giveaway!
One (1) lucky reader receives a Betty Crocker Big Red Cookbook and a $25 Visa gift card!
To enter, share your holiday photos and stories featuring food, family and fun on Twitter and Instagram using #HolidayTraditions. You can share every day, and for each one you’ll receive another entry! Want to see what everyone else has been sharing? Take a look!
Compensation was provided by General Mills. The opinions are my own.