Your Family Christmas Traditions

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As a new mother in the 80’s I wanted to start some of my own Holiday traditions when my children were growing up. I had many friends whose families open presents on Christmas Eve and being from a family that didn’t do that it was a bummer as a kid. So I decided that my kids could open one present on Christmas Eve….however I controlled what present this was! Surprise it was always P.J.’s to wear on Christmas Eve! We don’t do this now that the children are grown.

I wonder if they will do this with their children. Will they invent traditions of their own? Do you have a tradition for your holidays? Please share your traditions

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Get on task!

December is the month of many things. I have 3 birthdays, Christmas and work deadlines plus many holiday celebrations to manage.stress

 

The hard part is I spend many of my hours at work waiting for people to send me approvals to get stuff done and watch the clock go tick tock….very madding

This year I started early and tackled celebrating my husband’s birthday during the first weekend even though his birthday is the week before Christmas. I then decided that I could downsize the Santa tasks by informing my oldest that Santa doesn’t come to two houses now that she has a daughter and Santa would be there…..boy was that a wrong move….so I will be doing Santa stockings until my children are in their 50’s…I was flattered that they said Santa’s stocking where the best… but the pressure…..

So since the day before Thanksgiving I have (less than 2 weeks)

  • Day before thanksgiving provided lunch for 45 people at work
  • Thanksgiving dinner 20 people at my home
  • Did an old fashion picture at Knott’s Berry Farm of 7 of the  family members
  • End of month lunch for work for 45 people
  • Made my tie dye cupcakes and husband’s birthday cake
  • Birthday party for husband’s 60th for 65 people
  • Attend College parent event
  • Continue to blog as much as possible in my new blog(trying for every day)
  • Attend my Tuesday night blog classes

And my next couples of weeks are more intense …so where do you fit in the Christmas shopping, birthday shopping and the blogging I just don’t know.

….FYI my blogging teacher is having his first child right now….do I tell him that having had a child at Christmas you will never hear how they should feel very blessed to be born during this time but how they hate sharing it with the holidays…but the best thing is to throw them a surprise half birthday…so maybe someday I will tell you that story

So how do you yet the stress go this season?

Groovy Cupcakes

My husband is turning sixty this month! I am throwing him a big celebration so I made rainbow tie dye cupcakes. Get it tie dye…sixties……groovy!

These cupcakes are cute as a button. Cute as a button, I tell you! I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I found them through pinterest. Yes I am a big fan of pinterest …..please follow me  at…http://pinterest.com/sheri_forell/

Even though each is just a sweet and simple cupcake, tinting the batter 5 different colors and mixing them tie dye style makes them so fun and unique. I guarantee if you took a dozen to work or to a party, they’d be a hit.

Here’s how to make them.

Start by following the directions on your favorite cake mix for white cake. Divide the batter into five separate small bowls. Now you can do this however many colors you want. At this point you can even make them just rainbow cupcakes by doing them in rainbow color order and just making them a stripe.

Tint each bowl with a few drops of food coloring or gel: one red, one blue, one green, one orange one purple….I used the regular colors plus the neon colors they now sell. Try not to over mix your batter here, because you’ll develop the gluten in the flour and be left with a very tough, bread-like cupcake. Incorporate the color in the fewest stirs possible.

Drop spoonfuls of each colored batter into the cupcake liners until they are 3/4 full. Try and make each even as I had trouble with this and had some bigger than others.

When all the liners are filled, use a toothpick to swirl the batter a few times. Use a clean toothpick for each cupcake so that you keep the colors clean, and don’t swirl too much or you’ll mix the colors into a brown tone.

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Bake them according to the instructions on your cupcake recipe. Frost with whatever you like…I picked chocolate because that is what my hubby likes…white might be better to see the colors.IMAG0403

There you have it tie dye cupcakes…get it sixties/tie dye!!!  Groovy!

Have you ever made something special for someones birthday?

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An Old Fashion Christmas!

Wow I have just barely put away Thanksgiving and now need to get out Christmas!

Today we are going to get a family picture taken for Christmas. Now when my children where young I always run around getting them together to get a photo that I could use for our family Christmas card, then somewhere along the past 15 years I stopped doing it. I miss it. However the holidays are a lot of work. Finding time to take these photos gets lost in all the activities.

But this year we had the opportunity to go to Knott’s  Berry farm to take one of those old fashion photos.  When my husband first asked the kids if they wanted to do it, they said yes to my surprise…I knew they always liked to play dress up!

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Best is that my granddaughter who doesn’t really know what is going on was the best ….I look forward to the years to come when she really understands what is going on. Yes she’s got the bags of money and my son still likes his toy guns…LOL