25 December 2013

Happy Birthday Baby Jesus

Christ Born of Mary

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife,[a] who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Glory in the Highest

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold,[b] an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will bethe sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”[c]
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely[d] known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

24 December 2013

Christmas Eve Traditions

A few weeks ago I talked about traditions. We have a typical Christmas Eve tradition of eating a really junky dinner, watching Polar Express, and opening Christmas pajamas. When I was growing up my parents did the same except we would watch home movies. Our home movies are all on VHS, and our VCR is not hooked up so we are not able to do that tradition the last few years. B had to have a large and fancy television a few years back and there wasn't a spot to hook it up along with the Blu-Ray player and cable box and Xbox 360. Silly men. Anyway, before next year I need to have them all put on DVD so that we can start that tradition once again, although Polar Express is a fun movie and I'm into it every single year as if I've never seen it before. Before bed the children open their Christmas pajamas.

This year's junky appetizers have included:

Homemade sausage balls (I found local pork sausage that is chemical free!)
Mozzarella cheese sticks and marinara sauce
Neiman Marcus dip and chips
Cranberry Pinwheels
Chocolate Chip Cake Bars
Peanut Butter Fudge

It's just the 5 of us and there's plenty of leftovers. However, tomorrow I'm making:

Breakfast is pain au chocolat from Trader Joe's and leftover sausage balls.

Dinner will be:

Fried Turkey Breast
Macaroni and Cheese
7 layer salad
Cranberry Jell-O salad

I will not be making any further desserts as my stepdaughter is pre-diabetic and my husband struggles with sugar issues himself. We do not believe in using artificial sugar so just small quantities of the real thing. Truly, the Jell-O is mainly for me :).

16 December 2013

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Are y'all ready? I'm not! Our tree is up and the stockings are hung on the chimney (counter bar in our case) with care. I hope y'all are having a festive season. Below are pictures of our trip to the Festival of Lights at Callaway Gardens. 

09 December 2013

Christmas Traditions

 As a Southerner, traditions are deeply rooted in our very inner beings. You ask your Mother why is it necessary to have oyster dressing (stuffing) at Thanksgiving (hello, I'm allergic) and she will respond, "because, Farrah Suzanne, (2 names are always used here and deserves it's own post why) our family has been making it this way for generations." That's all it takes...many generations to do something. I love traditions. It's so comforting. When I married my husband, I had a nearly instant family as he has two children and we soon after marrying had one together. Our family has traditions that have come from my family, his family, and some we've done together.

  • Decorate the tree the weekend after we get home from Ohio for Thanksgiving.
  • Go to various places to see Christmas lights. My two favorites are Callaway Gardens (we are going this week) and Southern Lights. Sadly, I don't think my two oldest will be going with us this year because of work. Thank the Lord I still have one at home that I can force to go. ;)
  • Lighting of the Tree ceremony in our town. The children used to go to Secret Santa after the lighting to buy gifts for each other and us. They usually did pretty good at picking stuff out.
  • Caroling in the square with hot cocoa.
  • (Not every year but often) we tour historical homes. For instance we went to Colonial Williamsburg one year. Madison, GA another year, and our own town's historical homes several years at Christmas. I'm hoping to talk my husband into going to Charlotte to do another tour.
  • We always go to Stone Mountain's Christmas celebration-an Atlanta tradition.
  • Of course we bake and decorate Christmas cookies. This year I am making my dearly missed MIL's Buckeye candy...wish me luck.
  •  We never miss our church Christmas program.
  • On Christmas Eve every single year we open Christmas pajamas. My paternal grandparent's started this tradition then passed to my parents and my sister and I both continue with our family's.
  • After the pajamas we watch "The Nativity Story" and eat junky appetizers for dinner. Shrimp is their favorite...again, allergic. I eat massive amounts of mozzarella cheese sticks! Yum! 
  • Christmas morning the children must let us sleep until 9. We are mean do not put out our presents until then. We have teenagers so we don't do Santa. (Have you read my Santa rant?)
  • We open presents and then I put in sausage balls and chocolate croissants in the oven. 
  • The rest of the day is enjoying presents, playing games, and having "A Christmas Story" on in the background. I make steak, baked potatoes, and salad for dinner. We don't eat steak but twice a year so it's special.
The last 4 years have kept us at home, but this year we may finally be able to go visit my family in Kentucky. If that's the case, we will do everything the same on Christmas Eve, but on Christmas morning my parents make a big breakfast (my father's Velveeta cheesy eggs are TDF-we normally wouldn't be caught dead with Velveeta as it may kill us in the end) after we open presents then we go to my grandmothers houses after. They are 92 and 94 so we don't know how many more Christmases they will have left. We'll see what happens in the next few weeks.

Those are our traditions. What are yours?


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