a cheese ball (my tradition)
a large fruit salad (my Mom's tradition)
pecan pie muffins (my tradition - Mom always made the best pecan pies ever)
I've draped an old (and wrinkled) Christmas tablecloth over the kitchen table.
Now it is time to eat some breakfast, my stomach is starting to growl, and clean up the mess in the kitchen, before making the big meal for later.
When I was growing up, we opened our presents on Christmas Eve.
When I married and started having a family of my own, we opened the presents on Christmas Day.
I went so far as not putting any of the kids' presents under the tree until Christmas morning. Sometimes I think they got a little worried. Along with the cookies and milk, I left the wrapping paper and scissors under the tree for Santa to use.
After they went to bed, I stayed up and wrapped their presents and placed them under the tree. That was a little hard on Mom, though, I think I only did that a few times.
Now that one of my sons is married and he comes to visit on Christmas Eve we have started to open presents on Christmas Eve evening again.
My mom always made the best fruit salad on Christmas! We never had a lot, but they always bought bags of in the shell mixed nuts, chocolate balls and hard candy that was placed in my mom's milk glass candy dish and oranges during the holidays.
When my kids were little, after visiting my other sister and her family, Mom and Dad usually came out on Christmas Eve and spent the night, so they would be here on Christmas Day to watch the little ones open their gifts. I can still see them coming through the front door carrying bags of presents. Mom always helped with Christmas dinner. We'd still be in bed and I'd hear her and Dad in the kitchen getting the turkey ready to go in the oven.
I miss my Mom a lot during the holidays. She loved Christmas! Mom passed away in 1996. My dad is still with us, but he is in a Nursing Home. I visited him Thursday and he opened his gift from us. They had a Christmas Party and Santa passed out gifts to all the residents. He joked and said Santa probably wasn't going to bring him anything. But, Santa did!
My best wishes to all of my blogging friends and
I hope you enjoy Christmas with your family this year.