christmas traditions

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growing up my fondest christmas memory was the candy tree at my grandmother’s house. every year she would go for a walk in the woods near her house for the perfect limb to bring home for a candy tree. she would spray paint it white and cover it with bows and candy. we would go straight to the den for candy during every visit. on christmas day our great-grandmother would tape silver dollars to the tree for every great-grandchild. i’ve been continuing a smaller version of the candy tree since sarah was a toddler minus the silver dollars…there are always hersey kisses and candy canes and this year we added mint chocolate which was gone in just a few days. empty candy wrappers and tape without the candy on the tree always makes me smile.

gingerbread houses have also become a tradition in our little family.  the last few years we’ve been making the gingerbread village…it’s super fun to decorate our own little house in our personal style. a bowl of mixed nuts is also a holiday regular and i can never resist a poinsettia…especially in the tacky foil wrap. we have a few other things we’ve added to our list of holiday regulars in the last few years and others that come and go depending on the mood of the season but i hope to continue the fun and festive candy tree for all my years.

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