Egg Nog and Nachos? I know this must sound crazy, but for as long as I can remember we have had a family tradition of eating nachos and cheese and drinking egg nog when we decorate the Christmas tree. In my family, we love creating Christmas treats, making the time to share special memories and looking for ways to lift up Christ in the process. Now that I am a mom with kids of my own, I have carried on these traditions. We run out to the store and purchase gooey, processed cheese. We melt it on the stove with a can of ©Rotel tomatoes. When combined, we serve warm with tortilla chips. The egg nog is my favorite part. Here is the recipe:
1 quart of egg nog
1 half gallon vanilla ice cream
1 two liter lemon lime soda
I have also made this by the cup. I use a scoop of ice cream, half a glass of egg nog and fill the rest of the way with lemon-lime soda. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg and you have a classy, Christmasy drink. This is a treat even the kids can enjoy.
One of the memory making things we do is take the kids out driving at night looking for Christmas lights. This year we are going to try an idea I saw on Pinterest. We will pop some popcorn, heat up some hot cocoa and put the kids to bed as usual. When they get to their rooms, they will find a ticket on their pillow inviting them to join mom and dad on the Minivan Express for a ride through the town looking at Christmas lights. You can print your own tickets here, thanks to Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler.
We began celebrating Advent several years ago and we have done this a little differently every year. No matter the format, we keep the same basic elements every year. We have an advent wreath and candles. We share with the kids the significance of the coming of the Christ child. This year we are using an ebook called, Everyday Emmanuel. We made a countdown calendar and we are enjoying daily activitities that are as simple as having a cup of cocoa, or reading a Christmas book. We are having weekly devotions from Everyday Emmanuel complete with short video clips included as links in the ebook. This has been a lot of fun.
Sometimes traditions for us are as simple as piling on the couch and watching a favorite Christmas movie. I start taping them on our DVR early in the season and whenever we have a free afternoon or evening, we stop and enjoy some family time.
For our family, Christmas is about putting Christ first, making memories, sharing food and being with family.
What family traditions do you enjoy during the Christmas season?
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