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Call Me Ol’ Timey 
Jan. 13, 2014 9:39 am 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2014 7:54 am
       Reflecting back over the holidays, I can tell you there were lots of things I planned to do, but did not do all I planned. I am not going to beat myself up over anything as long as I didn’t do anything evil or illegal.
      My grandmother and mother would make homemade rolls that were loved by everyone. The cranberry salad and pecan pie was also a tradition. A few recipes from this site that will definitely be added to the list are the Mini Cheesecakes, Bar Cookies from Cake Mix, and Megan's Granola. Traditions are a great way to celebrate the holidays. It makes holidays fun and enjoyable giving families and friends more reason to come together to share love and fellowship.
      I believe traditions should be practical instead of stringent. If it causes too much stress, that would be counter productive to being fun and enjoyable. I love setting up a Christmas village, a nativity scene, and having lots of Christmas lights. I have always had to struggle with getting someone to help me put lights on the house. Some years I just had lights across the hedges of the front of the house. This year I bought a simple lighted yard décor at a garage sale. Then added another small lighted yard décor from Family Dollar Store to go with it. I bought an outdoor multi plug surge protector, and voila’. Now I’ll be one of those people that set up lights in the yard instead of putting lights on the house. It will be easier, safer, and I can do it myself. It was a cute small display that I want to add a little to each year without having to spend much money. This year’s investment was about $22, and I’ve been looking at items marked down since the holidays past to put up for next year.
      The Christmas village is quite a bit to set up and put up, but my mother bought most of it for us. This was the first Christmas without her since she passed a few months ago, so the Christmas village was more special to me than ever. I thought it was lovely, but no one else mentioned a word about it. After the holidays I told my husband I might not set it up next year because it didn’t seem to get noticed. He said, “It’s beautiful”. Okay, that was just all I needed. Thank God he said that. It was all I wanted to hear. He never says anything is beautiful, except for our daughter occasionally throughout her life and that is certainly something we always agree on.
      My Nativity scene is so fragile that a little something gets broke each year. I feel bad about that and my mother purchased that for us also. She had this attitude to make things special for people. Though people might not say much about those special little things we do, I can’t imagine what it would be like without it. What comes to my mind is just blah, dreary, dull, and mundane. Which would be depressing, and I don’t want that for me or anyone else.
       The things I cook and prepare don’t always turn out perfectly, but there is plenty. I try to always include certain foods that I know each individual will want. No one eats the cranberry salad except me. My father will eat a little just to be nice, but I can tell he’s just forcing it down to make me happy. I keep making it out of tradition, but also because I like it and its healthy. I will continue to force it on my father at least once a year.
      There were many recipes from this site that I didn’t get to make for the holidays, but I will be trying them out asap. Yesterday I made Buttery Pan Rolls and my husband, daughter and I loved them. I made ½ the batch as dinner rolls and the other ½ as cinnamon rolls. I had been planning to do that during the holidays. I love holidays. Just have to be realistic, keep it practical and enjoy those ol’timey traditions.
Jan. 13, 2014 12:49 pm
Thanks for sharing, plmoore2! Traditions are wonderful, but can also be costly and overwhelming at times. I try to focus on a few main ones rather than boggle my mind trying to remember everything just because "it's tradition". It makes the holidays more enjoyable while still remaining personal. As long as you're not pulling your hair out at the end of the day, it's a success :)
Jan. 13, 2014 5:35 pm
Jemado, I couldn't agree with you more. Thank you for your comment. It's impossible to do it all just like with all the recipes to try out. I like reading what others share to help narrow down so many choices.
Jan. 13, 2014 6:15 pm
I posted one and it done disappeared. Your yard sounds wonderful. If you did all the baking you wanted to do for Christmas you would have to start in the fall:) Enjoy your cooking adventures, your welcome to look in my RB if you like. Thanks for sharing.
Jan. 13, 2014 6:38 pm
Manella, I was trying to get back to you. I saw your first comment, and I think I deleted it by mistake. So sorry, but thanks for re posting. I wanted to say as for doing your yard (hee, hee), I've never been very far north. Your right about starting in the fall, maybe I could freeze some things to take out later. I'll check your RB.
Jan. 16, 2014 7:14 am
Hi PL, I think it is wonderful to keep the cooking traditions in the family. My Grandma greatly influenced my cooking.
Jan. 16, 2014 7:54 am
I wish I had been able to learn more from my Grandparents, but I was kind of young when they passed. My mother however had great respect for her mother and mother-in-law, so I was able to pick it up from her. Not only the food, but also the tone, a sense of comfort and security. Thank you for your comment, Penny
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