Holiday Traditions

I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it is December!! This is my favourite month of the year for so many reasons and I wanted to share some fun holiday traditions and activities my family and I do every year!

Real Christmas Tree. Since Clayton and I started living together I have demanded a real tree, yes demanded lol! There is nothing more beautiful than the scent of the pine in your home, hmmm! We start out every holiday season by going to Ikea on their opening day and picking out a tree! This year I wanted the tallest tree we could find, of course after Clayton saying it was too tall and me scraping the roof to put it up, a little trim and it fit perfectly;)! A post is in the works for next week of how I decorated our home for Christmas!! Cant wait to share!

 

Nutcracker Ballet. This is actually a tradition that started when I was very young with my Great Aunt. She adored the ballet and every year we would go with her. Sadly after she passed we stopped going however this year  I really wanted to start it again so I will be taking my mom and I am so excited! Whether you are young or old, like ballet or not it is such a beautiful show!

Candy Cane Lane: We go ever year and I love it! Pick up a hot drink, walk slowly and enjoy!

Christmas Baking. I have come to accept the fact that I will be living off of eggnog and sweets this month haha! I am not much of a baker at all during the year but as soon as the holidays come around I am in over drive! My typical baking day involves eggnog, christmas music blasting and some dancing lol!  My two favourite recipes are my Nan’s Fudge & Poppycock recipes and I wanted to share them with you!

Nan’s Fudge

3 cups sugar, 3/4 cup margarine, 160mls evaporated milk, 350 gms (1pk) chocolate chips, 198g jar of marshmallow creme, 1 cup chopped nuts & 1tsp vanilla

Combine sugar, margarine & milk in saucepan, bring to a boil, stirring constantly! Continue boiling over medium heat for 5min, don’t stop stirring! Remove from heat, stir in chocolate chips, marshmallow creme and vanilla. Beat well into 9×13 pan. Cool, cut into squares and serve!

Crazy Crunch Poppycock (to die for!!)

2 quarts popped popcorn, 1 cup pecans, 1 cup almonds, 1 1/3 cup sugar, 1 cup margarine, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup corn syrup

Mix popcorn, pecans and almonds on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Combine sugar, vanilla, margarine and syrup in pan. Boil for 10min to light caramel colour. Pour over popcorn, almonds, pecans. Mix well and spread to dry.

Hint: Double the recipe, this treat will disappear quickly!!! I promise!!

I put together this basic outfit as this is what I wear on the weekends, baking, or wrapped in a blanket around the fire reading a book. It is a super easy look to put together and so comfortable! I love contrasting patterns and stripes and plaid is one of my favourites! I also tend to gravitate more towards red around the holidays, is that just me?! Red accessories are a great way to add colour without going overboard! A purse, scarf, mittens or tough are great little add ons to any outfit!

I hope you guys have an awesome weekend!

Enjoy! xo

 

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