Tis the season for family, giving and gathering. Every December brings warm memories of tradition and holiday spirit! Traditions vary family to family. However, there are token holiday favorites we all know and love. From nostalgic smells to classic recipes, we all have our most loved holiday things. In this blog we highlight a few holiday favorites we enjoy.
What is the holiday season without some warm hot cocoa? While baristas do a great job of making upscale hot chocolate, the best is still the stuff made on the stove. Warm milk with real cocoa powder and some fancy melted chocolate make for a delicious cup of hot cocoa. If you’re entertaining this holiday, try setting up a hot cocoa bar. Both adults and kids will love the spread. Stack holiday mugs for self-serving. Add some flare with fun accompaniments like peppermint sticks and mini marshmallows. Other yummy add-ins include cinnamon sticks, caramel, and chocolate dipped spoons.
The holiday spirit lives inside of each of us. It’s nice when we enjoy holiday glow outside as well! Home owners and businesses take the time to string holiday lights. The beautifully illuminated yards and buildings celebrate the special season. No other time of year does so much effort go into decorating front yards. Sure, Halloween calls for pumpkins and gourds. But the winter holiday inspires colorful decorating that shines for us all.
Not sure why, but holiday attire includes pajamas. Many families uphold the tradition of gifting PJ’s on Christmas Eve. Lots of classic holiday pictures capture the family in matching pajamas. Victoria’s Secret puts out a line of holiday thermals every year that make great gifts. Funny pajamas with little snowmen, reindeer, or Christmas trees create fun photo ops for every holiday season.
Another clothing holiday favorite is the ugly sweater. Perhaps this tradition started with grandparents and parents making poor fashion choices in the name of being festive. We have all seen the over-sized knit holiday-themed sweaters featuring holiday symbols. These red and green sweaters have become a signature holiday must. Younger generations embraced the ugly holiday sweaters (thus the name). They throw themed parties encouraging guests to arrive in their favorite ugly holiday sweater. Pop culture ran with the idea by marketing funny ugly sweaters for the season. Even Starbucks loves the ugly sweater idea, designing an ugly sweater gingerbread cookie.
During the holiday, everyday feels like you stumbled on a free bake sale. Moms and their little ones gather in the kitchen hand crafting assortments of holiday baked goods. Traditional holiday cookies include chocolate chip, pizzelles, gingerbread men, sugar cookies, and snickerdoodles. No holiday party is complete without a spread of homemade cookies. Proclaimed “world’s best” cookie recipes become family treasures passed down from one generation to the next.
We know the holiday is here when our favorite seasonal flicks run on television. Each year studios produce more holiday movies showcasing the holiday magic on the silver screen. We have the classics such as White Christmas with Bring Crosby, and Miracle on 34th Street. The 90’ sand 2,000’s brought us cult classics with Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and Elf. The holiday season wouldn’t be the same without the 1983 A Christmas Story or the 1990 original Home Alone.