Some of my favorite things!
This candle: Holiday Wreath by Gold Canyon Candles
I've made the switch to "Scentsy"~ but I'm so happy that this candle comes in the wax tarts form too!
This song: It's Willie Nelson (don't be hatin'). I hadn't heard this song in years~ but I really like it!
The Jackson Family Christmas Party on Christmas Eve (whew, that was a mouthful). Favorite moment was going to the cemetery to light luminaries for Amy & Nathan. 13 years ago, Amy was pregnant with a sweet little baby boy. Sadly, he died 2 months before he was born. His birthday is December 23rd. Every Christmas Eve, Amy & her family did luminaries at Nathan's grave. Our family usually participated as well.
We lived in AZ for a few years~ so this year was our first Christmas being able to go to the cemetery since we moved back. I was amazed at how lit up the cemetery was. 13 years ago~ there were maybe 1 or 2 other people who did this, but in true Amy fashion, she told a few people who told a few people and the tradition has grown. Amy and Nathan are buried by each other~ we lit luminaries and sang "Silent Night".
Other favorite moment...my brother-in-law taking a bit of something that didn't taste so great! The look on his face was priceless & Emily and I got a kick out of watching him try to spit it in the trash without anyone noticing (especially the person who brought it!)
Christmas morning: Stockings are always the first thing the kids want to do.
This may be because Santa always hides one gift for each of the kids. They have to go on a Treasure Hunt to find their gift. Santa leaves the first clue in their stocking. This is a tradition from Rick's family~his mom always did this for the kids when they were growing up.
Our kids love it too!
Sometimes, the clues are really difficult. The kids have been known to cry in frustration when we won't help them figure out the clues! :) They got off pretty easy this year! I think this is probably one of their favorite traditions.
Christmas morning breakfast:
I always make this casserole, Frying Pan Omelet. I've tried a few other things over the years, but this has become the traditional favorite. I like it because I can make it the night before & then just pop it in the oven to bake while the kids are opening presents. The picture is hideous, I know. The green stuff is a hot pad that the pan is sitting on.
Frying Pan Omelet
1-16 oz package frozen hash browns (I prefer the shredded kind for this recipe)
1 lb bacon, sausage or ham (I do 1/2 bacon and 1/2 sausage) chopped
6 eggs, beaten
Cut meat. Brown, drain and set aside. Brown the potatoes and onion in grease. ( I skip this step & brown the onion w/ the bacon once the bacon is almost done cooking). Press potatoes in to a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Pour beaten eggs over potatoes, sprinkle with meat and top with cheese.
Refrigerate overnight. Bake @ 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until eggs are set.
I also make these: Shortcut Cinnamon Rolls
Christmas afternoon at my mom & dad's house. I got sick a couple of days before Christmas, so I was a little behind. We didn't get to bed until after 2:30 on Christmas Eve and the kids had us up at 5:00. Two hours of sleep didn't quite cut it for me~ so I pretty much don't remember much about being at my moms! I was just trying to stay awake!!! We always have lunch there, and exchange presents. Mom made my favorite clam dip...which I only ate a little bit of (was still on the BRAT diet for the most part).
Most the pictures I took at mom & dad's didn't turn out so great. Although I do have a great one of my brother playing air guitar. He's 40. Air guitar. 40. It cracked me up!
Only 356 more days until Christmas 2011. Maybe if I start now I won't be so behind??? (Yeah, yeah~ I say that every year)!