Ready or not, the holidays are here, filled with the scents, sounds and traditions that make this special season like no other.
Here at the Obenhaus' home, the tree is up and decorated...
And the stockings have been hung with the greatest of care...
|(I must remember to pick up another candle.)|
Oh, but that's just the beginning. Soon, cherished events will take place, like our town's annual Christmas parade, my friend, Drenda's cookie/ornament swap, and so many other things, culminating in a blessed Christmas Eve church service.
Recipes that only appear this time of year are being dusted off and ingredients bought.
Andy Williams, Perry Como and Bing Crosby echo from my radio.
One of our favorite traditions is to give each child an ornament that will often reflect something that's happened in their lives that year. It's a tradition that my mom started when our oldest daughter was born and one I've carried on not only with my kids, but with my grandkids.
In recent years, I've started purchasing an ornament whenever we go on a vacation, so every Christmas, as I hang them on the tree, I'm filled with memories of where we were and what we did.
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without those amazing aromas.
At our house, I always have Christmas Scent simmering on the stove.
The kids walk in and say, "It smells like Christmas."
It's also a great gift idea, so if you're interested, you can find the recipe in my journal at mindyobenhaus.com.
Now it's your turn. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?