To help us all get a bit more in the holiday spirit, and as most of us busily prepare for this weekend, we thought it appropriate to share some of our favorite holiday traditions with you all. I hope you enjoy hearing what the “Little Beans” love to do this time of year:
“My mom and I always watched The Grinch (the cartoon version) every year and drank egg nog and ate cookies.”
“Between Thanksgiving and Christmas me and Tim (my mister) always give an extra bag of groceries to the food bank. Most bags can be bought in line at the stores. We also carry extra clothes and toiletries in our car to give out to the homeless on street corners when we are out and about.”
“Our favorite holiday tradition is to celebrate Christmas twice…. We are so spoiled! In Germany, people have a nice dinner on December 24th, and after caroling or just enjoying family time, presents are opened that evening. So we do that first, and then Santa comes overnight and brings another little something for us to open on the morning of the 25th. Double the fun and excitement!”
“When I was a kid, we went to my aunt's house every year for a delicious home-cooked Christmas dinner made from scratch. Ten years ago my family moved to Reno, away from our extended family, and we tried to create the same home-cooked Christmas dinners... and wound up with home-cooked disasters. We realized that our cooking skills don't go beyond oatmeal and microwavable popcorn. It turned out that for my family trying to put together a whole Christmas meal was an extremely stressful Mission Impossible. So, we did what all self respecting bad cooks do; we let the professionals handle it. Now every Christmas we meet up at our favorite local restaurant for breakfast and we're able to enjoy the day without the stress. I guess my favorite thing about holiday traditions is that if an old one isn't working out you can always start a new one.”
“Listening to my mom's old polka music and Alvin and the Chipmunks xmas album while decorating sugar cookies.”
“My favorite holiday tradition is curling up on the couch and watching The Charlie Brown Christmas special and The Grinch (the old one!) back to back. That's how I know it's time for the Holidays to start!”
“My favorite holiday tradition is the Christmas Tree Pickle. My mom is is part German and each year she hides a (fake) pickle in the Christmas tree-- a German tradition. Whoever finds the pickle first gets a wish or opens a present early.”
“My family always goes to an action movie and we eat chinese food for dinner. It is a day to enjoy being lazy together.”
“My husband and I usually spend Christmas with my in-laws since my parents live in another state and usually the weather intervenes with our holiday travel plans. On Christmas Eve we get together with all of the close family friends and their kids and have a big soup party (every family brings a different kind of soup or stew to share) and play board games. There are usually about 40-50 of us and it is a fun way to spend the evening. Then the day after Christmas, instead of dealing with traffic and shopping malls, we head south to Markleeville and go to the hot springs for a snow hike and soak. We have dinner somewhere nice on the way home...usually the old-timey Basque restaurant in Minden. Also, I have made it a tradition to start knitting something for myself on Christmas Day after I’ve given all of the gifts I have worked so hard on for months. It is my awesome reward!”
From all of us at Jimmy Beans Wool, we hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season!
And most of all, happy knitting, crocheting and sewing!
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