Sitting around the table at a Christmas party we were asked what were some of our Christmas traditions? I never really thought about it, but we actually do have Christmas traditions. Some that have lasted over the years and new ones that are fun to start.
It would seem like the traditional feast and what is served would be a big one! Turkey or ham? It was fun to go to a friends house once that served traditional Italian food. My sister-in-law prepared a nice traditional favorite after Christmas dinner (which was around lunch time). So around 8pm it was nice to have a little snack. Being that we are in Texas, it’s no surprise that there is a lot of Mexican influence. A nacho recipe from my brother-in-law’s mother was the traditional treat my sister-in-law made. These are not just any nachos though! You use corn tortillas and cut them in quarters and then fry them in a pan. Then transfer them over to a baking sheet and slather some refried beans (from the can) on them. Then you place deli thin sliced colby-jack cheese on top and bake them at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted. To top them, add sour cream a jalapeno (from the can) and sliced avocado. These were sooooo good! This was enjoyed while watching a Christmas movie and playing Texas Hold’em.
Needless to say I felt a bit self conscious when an elder person told me to watch and not eat so much. He’s right, but I’m like really? I mean o.k., so I did over do it the day before and had a stomach ache. Then I barely mentioned I was going to go running and kept getting asked when I was going to go? Seriously? I did eventually go and dragged some people with me and the dog, which was fun, I’ve never ran with a dog before. With the weather so damp in south Texas, there hasn’t been much opportunity to get out and do things.
Who doesn’t have the tradition of last minute shopping? I mean, even if that isn’t a planned decision it always ends up happening. My daughter and I had so much fun shopping Christmas eve. You would think there would be massive lines and misery. Luckily this was not the case. We found some amazing deals on clothes.
Scanning over social media it was really fun looking at other people’s traditions. Holidays can be stressful. Not every one has warm moments or memories that are happy around this time of year. It doesn’t mean you can’t start a new tradition. My sister-in-law has many sayings displayed throughout her house. One in particular caught my eye, and that is, “Do something today that makes you happy”. It doesn’t have to be anything big. Even when you have little, there is something to be grateful for. I’m grateful for my family and the warmth we celebrated this year.