The holiday season is a joyous time of year filled with fun, laughter, and precious time to spend with family and friends. We asked our team here at SeniorHomes.com to share their favorite holiday traditions (including both Christmas and Hanukkah traditions). Here are some of our favorites.
Christmas Morning Breakfast at Mom's
"My favorite Christmas tradition is the breakfast on Christmas morning. Waffles with my mom's home made blueberry syrup, bacon, sausage and my whole family having fun together at my mother's house."
Owen, SEM Manager
Decorating the Christmas Tree
"My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the tree. Pulling an old box out of a closet, or the attic and remembering each decoration one by one always puts a smile on my face."
Sarah, Account Manager
Opening One Special Christmas Eve Gift
"Opening one special present on Christmas Eve. Always new Christmas pj's, and of course matching with all my sisters! It's a little cheesy, but we still do it. :)"
Deb, Care Advisor
For Our Jewish Readers, a Delicious Latke Recipe
"Bubby's Traditional Latke's - Fried food is traditionally eaten on Hanukkah in commemoration of the oil that miraculously burned for eight days when the Maccabees purified and rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem.
4- 5 Russet potatoes - shredded ( soak overnight in salt water to extract moisture. Drain & rinse before using) 1 Med size onion also shredded 1/2 C flour blended with the above 1 t salt
In a separate bowl, mix 2 eggs & combine with the potato mixture.
Canola oil for frying.
Carefully drop 1/4 cup of the potato mixture into the hot oil.
Flatten the pancake slightly so the center will cook. Fry for several minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through. Drain on paper towels
Serve with applesauce & sour cream & sing Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah while dancing around the table!
Robin, Account Executive
Waking Up to Delicious Smells from the Kitchen
"Waking up to my mom's pecan pull-apart bread baking in the oven on Christmas morning."
Natalie, Marketing Specialist
(Image via AllRecipes.com. Get a tasty recipe here!)
Picking Out the Tree and Decorating as a Family
"Our early tradition was going out with the kids to pick you the tree and decorate together, with our special homemade oraments. Now, with the kids grown, we continue the tradition, but with their special beaus, they also help dad decorate the outside. Then we feast on veggie and non veggie chilli and corn bread!"
Putting Out Cookies and Milk for Santa (and Some Aspirin!)
"One of my favorite memories of Christmas, as a little kid, was Christmas eve listening to Christmas music with my family and having a nice Christmas eve dinner. Also, in getting ready for bed my parents would have my sister and I put out cookies, milk,and Aspirin by the fireplace for Santa, before we went to bed.
They would always say that Santa needs some snacks for his long journey and that he also may like some Aspirin to help with any pain he may experience along the way.
I didn't think much about the Aspirin until I was a little bit older, but later realized that the Aspirin was more for my parents, from drinking too much on Christmas Eve. That part is funny to me."
Jon, Account Manager
Magically Appearing Gifts on Christmas Morning
"My favorite tradition actually comes on Christmas Eve, which always starts with my Mom cooking a prime rib dinner for our family. Later that night, we'd all get and open one gift -- a book, giving us something to read before falling asleep, and before all of the other gifts magically appeared the next morning."
Rob, Production Manager
"To me, making new traditions is such a fun experience. I never had any idea how fun it is to play Santa until I had my children, especially now that they're old enough to really be excited about Christmas. Seeing my sons' faces light up in delight on Christmas morning is one of the most rewarding things about the whole holiday season!"
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Share your favorite holiday memories and traditions with us in the comments below!