Ask Someone Who Believes In Creating Traditions

The Holidays are coming. This is a time to reflect on the last year. I have to say a lot has changed in our lives in the past year. We have added a new member to our family. We have made a lot of changes on the way we do things. We always try to teach our children about the meaning behind the Holiday which is a bit of a challenge since I am Jewish and my husband is Catholic. That being said this could be the most complicated time of the year but it isn’t. We instead focus on  our family traditions and eachother. We will spend our time with family and making memories.

I remind myself that I need to stop looking for the perfect gift? It isn’t a material item that our children will remember it is the time we spend with them.   The time we spend with those we love is the most important gift we can give them. It is often hard to be with all of our loved ones. It is easy to be virtually with those you love. We use skype all the time to see the people we miss. It is free. If your loved ones have a computer and they do not have a web camera it makes a super gift. The traditions that we have started with our kids is The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Blue Eyed North Pole Pixie-Elf. It is a book with an Elf that hides each night it tells Santa if they have been naughty or nice. We also make and decorate cookies on Christmas Eve and Read the Night Before Christmas. On Christmas morning Santa comes and delivers one special gift for each child and fills their stockings.   We also celebrate Hanukkah I make the Latkes and we play the Dreidel game. The kids do get small gifts each night but they are more excited about lighting the Menorah.

Here is the Latke Recipe I use

  • 2 cups peeled and shredded potatoes (I sometimes grab hasbrown potatoes and doctor them up)
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • Sour Cream and Apple Sauce for dipping

    1. Place the potatoes in a paper towel  and wring them extracting as much moisture as possible.
    2. In a  bowl stir the potatoes, onion, eggs, flour and salt together.
    3. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels. Serve hot!

    What are some traditions that make your holiday special?

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