12-6-10 My mom loved Christmas. She would spend hours decorating, usually finding some gawdy thing to put up, and baking till the fire alarms went off! Actually I’d be the one to set off fire alarms, my mom was a much better baker and cook! As my sister and I grew older, we would get together with mom and bake dozens of cookies. They had both been school lunch ladies so had plenty of the big pans and parchment paper. Mom would make us get down her Christmas decorations at Thanksgiving and then she’d go to town. I don’t think there was one room left alone. She would play Gene Autry and Nat King Cole while we decorated the tree.
Oh those holiday traditions! How many do you have? Are there some non-negotiables? I’m required to bring my mom’s Pumpkin Dessert to Thanksgiving and there must be homemade Clam Chowder on Christmas Eve. We’ve decided to forgo exchanging gifts among the adults and just have a white elephant party. I LOVE the dice game. Usually there are a few gems in the mix so we can fight over them!