When I learned that today’s Mistletoe Make & Bake Blog Hop theme was to share a not-to-be-missed holiday tradition, I knew immediately what I’d share…my aversion to tacky outdoor Christmas decor and the fun we have with it every season.
When it comes to outdoor Christmas decorations, a wreath on the door and maybe a single candle in each window is my preference. I enjoy looking at outdoor decorations that are tastefully put together…lots of white lights and greenery, etc. It is those that go overboard with no conceivable theme other than every imaginable color of lights and all sorts of inflatable ‘things’ that just set my teeth on edge.
When my kids were small we made it a tradition to drive around on Christmas Eve to see the Christmas lights and decorations. The boys got a big kick out of spotting the tackiest decor we could find just so they could see mom shudder! As they got older they would scout out the tackiest outdoor displays they could find in the weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, and each would secretly choose their own favorite “tackiest” to see if they could pick the one Mom would hate the most. It became a competition between the boys and their excitement in directing our Christmas Eve drives to specific destinations would be palpable all day long.
My boys are all grown with families of their own now, but they have all continued this tradition. Mike and I still drive around and look at the Christmas decorations on Christmas Eve, but somehow, it just isn’t the same.
Another must-do every Christmas are my mother’s Date Wraparounds. I think these might be my favorite cookie of all time, and I only make them at Christmas time…it keeps them special!
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I can’t wait to see what fun project Roseann has created for you over at Rosebud’s Cottage, and Brenda at Little Acorns is sure to have something just as enticing. Pick up your cookie recipe from everyone else, and don’t forget to leave a comment!
Tomorrow is the last day (boo hoo!) of the blog hop, and it is my feature day. I’ve cooked up a cute little project for you and will share a great cookie recipe that will be perfect for your holiday cookie swaps!