Christmas Greetings – Sharing My Traditions of Christmas

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Christmas Greetings - Dial M for Moms

For me, Christmas is full of rituals, some old, some new traditions. I have found over the years that no one year is the same as the next. I change, my family changes. But there are some things that never change. This is what I want to share with you and offer as my Christmas Greeting to you.

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps..means a little bit more!” ~Dr. Seuss from How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Christmas Greetings to You and My Traditions of Christmas

One thing I do each and everyday, regardless of whether it is Christmas or not, is that I look out my window and thank God for another day.

Snowy snowy Christmas morning - Dial M for Moms

Christmas this year is a bit grayer and snow-laden. But that doesn’t matter to me. I’m actually glad that Santa had some to land on my roof. Not a good thing to land on bare shingles, I think.

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I’m the first one up each year. Go figure! I don’t let anyone know that I really love to check out what Santa has brought everyone and if he has eaten the cookies and carrots we left him and his reindeer.  Oh, and he always answers our Christmas Eve letter.

We have a family tradition of writing a letter to wish him and his reindeer well. Does he answer? Of course! In Santa-style he writes in his familiar scrawl and highlights what he believes is the very best of the the writer and wishes them well for the upcoming year. This year, number one son decided to avoid writing a letter.

Funny how Santa knows this and includes him on his well-wishes.

Santa ate the cookies we left and gave carrots to reindeer - Dial M for Moms

The Christmas tree is lit and I get my first glimpse of Santa’s generosity.

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“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Now for my personal favorite: coffee! I cannot even begin thinking of what’s ahead for the day without my first cup (or glass) of coffee. Thank goodness for Nespresso!

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And, I share the Christmas spirit with my love, my hubby, with his own glass of hot latte to get him up-and-at-em

Christmas coffee for two - Dial M for Moms

I’m not kidding…I have a lot of cooking to do this morning before all is said and done!

Christmas cooking supplies - Dial M for Moms

But first…I need to make the main dish, Sarma. Sarma? It is a Croatian specialty that is made up of a mixture of beef and pork, spices, rice, rolled in cabbage leaves. It is tradition and I cannot think of a Christmas without this family-fav. It goes from the first pic to the second in four hours or so.

Uncored sour head of cabbage - Dial M for MomsSarma in bowl with mashed potatoes-3

“Christmas is doing a little something special extra for someone.” ~Charles M. Schulz

Now onto breakfast…I can hear my hubby waking!

Ham and Cheese Frittata - Dial M for Moms

I made my family my delicious Ham and Cheese Frittata. It is a favorite for any occasion but I think it is a special treat for Christmas. Besides, the oven is hot and since the Sarma meatloaf is baking, why not kill two birds with one stone.

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Next to make is homemade soda bread. This is a Jacques Pepin recipe. I’ll have to share this with you later. But take my word for it. It is super delicious!

Now onto the dessert! Tiramisu.

It only takes about 15 minutes and my Tiramisu is complete. We will eat this later. After our Sarma, of course! :)

Add coco powder to Tiramisu - Dial M for Moms

Can you believe that I got all of this out of the way in less than an hour? I don’t. But then I have been doing this for years.

Whew! I can now settle down to opening Santa’s gifts…

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” ~Roy L. Smith

Looks like Buick Regal (yes, that is our pup’s name) made out like a bandit.

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Notice his paw on his toy. No, you don’t mess with his toys–just kidding. He’s a sweetie!

Dessert anyone?

Finished! Tiramisu - Dial M for Moms

I think after this filling meal and delicious dessert that Buick Regal has the right idea. I think I’ll take his hint and rest a bit, too!

Pup Taking a Nap - Dial M for Moms

What a day! It has been wonderful and full at the same time. Here’s hoping that you, too, had a wonderful Christmas.  Here is my final wish for you:

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for  Christmas to do that?” ~Bob Hope

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Quotes thanks to Good Reads (www.goodreads.com)