Christmas is truly right around the corner and despite my very best efforts I am SO not ready. It never fails! No matter how hard I try I end up doing a mad scramble for those last minute gifts, the crazy house clean and the purchase of new outfits for Christmas Eve. Yes, even though my girls object, we still get dressed up around here for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner. I think it is so important to have family traditions, and I hope my girls will one day look back at their “Mama’s crazy” with huge smiles on their faces and warmth in their hearts. We don’t have a ton of traditions in our family, but the one’s we do have, well I protect them! Here is what my family will be doing this holiday season:
*Every Christmas Eve the children in our house are each allowed to open one gift from under the tree before heading off to dream land. I love that not only does this help build the excitement for Christmas morning, but also helps to prolong the magic! After all, Christmas Day goes by in a flash!
*Christmas Eve also means new PJs for everyone!! From the youngest in the house to the oldest, whether it’s new cozy flannels or a new coveted robe, everyone gets some new pyjama’s for Christmas Eve. *note to self, must buy new jammies.
*Christmas morning of course brings the opening of gifts, but not until the coffee pot is turned on and Cinnamon Rolls are thrown in the oven. We open gifts while indulging in some warm pastries, hot coffee, orange juice and even Christmas Cookies!! Delish!
*Turkey! After Christmas gifts have been opened and hugs and thanks have been exchanged, it’s time to get that big Turkey out and prep it for the oven. Traditionally this falls to the Hubby while I take both pictures and guff for buying the BIGGEST Butterball Turkey I can get my hands on! Our Turkey gets it’s traditional rub down with butter and is popped in the oven. Is there any better smell in the world on Christmas Day then a roasted turkey with all the fixings?
Oh my word!! Have you seen this? Butterball has a recipe posted right now that includes a Cranberry Orange Glaze! Are you looking for a twist on tradition?
This is all you would need:
- 3/4 cup orange marmalade
- 3/4 cup frozen cranberry juice concentrate, thawed
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 (14 pound) Butterball® Frozen Whole Turkey , thawed
- no-stick cooking spray
How ever you are celebrating this holiday season, I wish you much peace, love and of course loads of Turkey!!
From my house to yours, Merry Christmas!
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