Day 4 of our Holiday Party…and today I am going to share with you some of my holiday favorites...but before I do, make sure you check out Beth Logan's blog. She will be sharing some of her favorites and a free pattern today as well!
I love to walk down memory lane during the holidays, it brings me close to loved ones I have lost and takes me to a place that is cozy and comfortable. My first holiday favorite would have to be my wind up Santa that my grandmother made when I was a little girl. It still plays Jingle Bells, and puts a smile on my face every year. I think back of Grandma Ethel, her humor, her love of the holidays…she could make a pinecone wreath like nobody else. I know that my love of sewing and creating came from her. She was a bit blunt and rough around the edges at times, you never had to wonder where you stood with her, be we got each other. I love you Grandma!!
Another favorite memory is singing Christmas carols, Christmas Eve with my Mom, Dad and brother. We would go to the Candle light service at church, drive around town to see all of the lights and then come home to sing a few carols together. Oh how I loved that time. I also remember as a very little girl having my dad lather up with shaving cream and chase me around the house as Santa Claus…guess he didn’t traumatize me too much as I still think of it as a fond memory. Oh how my Dad loved Christmas…sure do miss him but feel so close to him this time of year.
As for my favorite recipe, well it would have to be cut out cookies, with LOTS of frosting. If you know me, you know I love frosting. My Mom and I would bake the cookies, and then we could be as creative as we wanted to frost the cookies. I think I loved cleaning out the frosting decorator more than anything, I could lick the frosting!! I can’t say that I have a particular recipe to share, just a simple sugar cookie recipe. I do remember baking all kinds of cookies during the holidays. We had so much fun baking and sharing with friends and neighbors. I’m not too much of a connoisseur in the kitchen; I wonder what my children will remember from their childhood, I’m afraid it won’t be baking!! At any rate, it’s so much fun to re-visit some old memories.
I love decorating for the Holidays and since my girls and I opened our occasional store, “Patchwork & Primitives” it makes it even more fun. We get to decorate the store and our homes for Christmas. I'm also including a few pics from our last open house…you can see what we do in our spare time!!
So with all of that said, we get to my free project. I decided to include a couple of recipes with my projects this year. We have some fun dry mix cookie recipes that are quick and easy and make great gifts. To give them a “Caboodle” twist, we have added our “Holiday Cookie Coozies.” They’re quick and easy and anyone would love to get one.
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Download the pdf files with easy instructions and if you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line. If you have problems downloading the free pattern, let me know and I can email it to you. From my family to yours, we wish you Merry Memory Making this Christmas Season and a Happy New Year!!