• Homemade ornaments. Every kid makes a few of these, right? Parents love them, even if they’re terrible. The grand prize in our family has to go to a “Christmas bell” that my brother made from a Dixie cup around the age of 5. It hangs from a plant hook on my parents’ ceiling year-round and always makes me smile. Yes, it’s an awful ornament, but he was so proud of it! (My brother is now 29 and thinks this ornament is hilarious.)
• Cookies cookies cookies. Yes, I love eating them, but I love baking them at least as much. It’s all good: blending the ingredients, rolling them out with family or friends, decorating them in pretty or silly ways…and then the wonderful scent as they bake.
• Eggnog. Great on its own, greater in coffee. As you can guess, I have a sweet tooth. As soon as eggnog shows up in grocery stores, I start buying it. My morning coffee is never better than it is in November and December, when it has a splash of eggnog in it.
• Festive trees of all types. Of course I enjoy the one we decorate and light as a family. Then there’s also the one my daughter and I build out of books against the door of my office, only to realize we are now trapped inside. Oops.
• Spending time with the people who are dear to me. They make all the other holiday traditions special.
Readers, thanks for joining me for this post. I’d welcome your comments about whatever you like, but I’d especially like to know about a homemade ornament or craft you’ve made or that your family enjoys.
*photos belong to Theresa Romain and are used with permission.
Page Count: 356 pages
Publisher/Release Date: Self Published (November 10, 2015)
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