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The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
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This week, Deborah asks us to: "With the holidays coming up I thought it would be fun to get an insight into holiday traditions in peoples homes. I want you to share a tradition, event, recipe or quirk that you or your family does or aspires to do during the holidays, whether those holidays be Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, or whatever you celebrate!"

~FOR THANKSGIVING
Well, if it's food or recipes you want, I do all the traditional fixings of Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw and tossed salad, condiments consisting of pickles, olives, cheese sticks, radishes [finger foods]. For dessert I always have pumpkin pie. I make mine [even the crust] from scratch. We do [honestly] like cool whip more than the real stuff, real whipping cream. Oh and my traditional cranberry dish is a Cranberry Waldorf mold.



1 small box of cherry Jello™
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1/2 cup of miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup of pecan halves
1 can of whole cranberry sauce
1 small, cored, tart apple [diced]

PREPARE JELLO ACCORDING TO DIRECTIONS
WHEN COOLED BUT NOT COMPLETELY THICKENED, ADD:
celery, marshmallows, pecans, apple and cranberries.
Return to refrigerator to completely set.
[may be done with a mold]
It's deliciously sweet and tart at the same time. A great compliment to the roasted turkey!!

~FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
The only thing that is really tradition in our household these days with just the two of us at home is the decorating. And for the last 40 years it's been an ever-growing collection of Santa Clauses.

This one is my newest. I just bought him. All of his accessories are still wrapped in bubble wrap!! He'll be one of hundreds I proudly display....



~FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE

We do nothing out of the ordinary since the new millennium. That year, after we stayed up purposely for the unofficial new century ---we had steak dinners at midnight with champagne...after that year?--- We now go to bed around 10 or 11pm as usual. The new year will be with us when we wake up.

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50 comments :

  1. It´s really nice to have traditions.We have here old family traditions too especially around christmas.To example we eat every christmas Eve,already since my childhood, the same meal-potato salad with sausages.Of course we have still other traditions...and I hope my kids want to the same when they are adults too.

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  2. Wow! That was one long post. Loved the Santa collection idea.

    Mother May I ask you to sign me up for next week? Please?

    And why not! I will volunteer to host the following week. (But someone will have to teach me how to keep the post at the top of my blog. Because I do not have any idea how to)

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  3. I'm not sure I could eat a mix of jelly and celery. Especially with marshmallows. That is very odd. However I would partake in your turkey :) And I LOVE decorating for Christmas!

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  4. come back, come back, I had only gotten Thanksgiving posted. Christmas is up now. I see you've done the same thing.. come back and see my wacky Christmas stuff. okay not so wacky... but i love your comments!

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  5. I love the Santa Collection idea. Your New Santa looks so pretty. :D

    I will have to get the recipe for the Pistachio Salad from my mom. I do know it is Pistachio Jell-o pudding mix, cool whip, and crushed pineapples. This stuff is so good.

    :D

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  6. ah, the santa collections! we have friends who do that, too. they're all over the living room from thanksgiving til new year's, and it's very very festive.

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  7. Hi Anni,


    Am just trying to get caught up with my blog visiting after being away...

    Oh- I too am a big Santa collector so I will be showing some of mine as the season comes around again.

    Junie

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  8. it's so hard to believe that.. hey i love your E. Bombeck quote. That's funny. and its hard to believe no one would give you a recipe - have at it, just dont win any county fairs with it, and forget to send me the ribbon. HA!
    If you're going to store them you need to spread them out on flour and let them dry COMPLETELY before putting them in freezer bags!

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  9. Hi Anni, Im going to try that recipe over our Christmas holidays when our BBQ season starts...and I just love your Santa..

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  10. I'm gonna have to try that cranberry dish. sounds wonderful. About 3 years before my dad died he got where he would bring me a christmas angel or santa. I didn't get one this past year because he is gone, but was thinking of adding to what he had started. after reading, I just may do that. I'll have to post some pictures later.

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  11. I must try Pumpkin Pie, it sounds great.
    I really enjoying the Kite runner so far - I just know it's all going to go wrong though!

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  12. Jell-O salads are another tradition in dh's family. There are always about 5 different Jell-O salads at any family get together. I think this cranberry recipe is very similar to Grandma Fay's.

    My mom started collecting Santas a few years ago. My brother and I thought that was funny since she never taught us to believe in Santa when we were kids. She likes her collection now though:o)

    So, you've got a little stretch break from the computer planned for us next week, eh? Could be a good thing!

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  13. I love how you told each holiday's tradition. I spent many years sleeping through the New Year but all my kids are 15-21 now and they like to hang out with us and play games and wait for the New Year so we do. But as soon as the kids tire of us, yeah, we'll be sleeping through it again.

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  14. I forgot to say how much I like the new look. I loved the old one too but change is fun. :D

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  15. I'm a Santa girl too. I'm just starting my collection. Your new one is beautiful.

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  16. I love the Santa collection. I have a soft spot in my heart for Santa and dress up as him to shop for toys.

    I don't have any real family tradition at the moment... I'm trolling for ideas this week!

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  17. You've really got me in the holiday spirit. Can we start drinking yet?

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  18. I totally forgot our New Year's tradition of shooting off fireworks. Great stuff, here!

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  19. Love your jello mold. Looks tasty. And, I wish I'd have thought of the 2000 champagne & steak. My spouse, being a crazed Texan, guarded the house at gun point.

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  20. The jelly mold does sound good, and I sure enjoy the traditional foods. I love home made pumpkin pie. Have you made it with a bit of rum before? We usually have cool whip with it too, as with my Praline Pumpkin Torte, it holds it's shape better. Perogies are usually dumpling dough flattened, filled with a filling of potatoes, potatoes and cheese or something else, fold over sides to make a semi circle and squeeze closed, boil, serve with sour cream. We put them in butter and onions and garlic. They are expected at any Ukrainian dinner and are served at many catered weddings here. Nalysnyky is Ukranian/Polish also and I have a link on my post to a photo and recipe for it.

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  21. I can never stay up until 12 on New Year's anymore!

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  22. Love the Santa! I recently started a snowman collection.

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  23. I am in awe! I have never, repeat never, been able to unmold a jello mold!

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  24. I want to try the cranberry salad! Thanks for sharing!
    I love Erma!

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  25. Anni... dear... your feed is still doin' it! LOL! I think it may have happened when you changed to the purple background - did you MESS with somethin??? It doesn't tell me you've updated your posts anymore -- it only tells me that more people have commented to you!!! ROFL!

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  26. I love your Santa! What a wonderful tradition.

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  27. I love your Santa! What a wonderful tradition.

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  28. That Thanksgiving recipe looks awesome. I think I am going to try it. Great traditions.
    Sign me up for next week!

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  29. Oooooh, I like the new look.

    What a wonderful thing to collect,and I can imagine how lovely your Santa display looks.

    I've never made a jello mold,this Thanksgiving I think I'll give your recipe a go.

    Thanks for sharing your traditions with us.

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  30. Those all sound like good traditions.
    My dad always made a cranberry sauce similar but I'm not sure about the jello.
    My parents started collecting Santas several years ago and it was always fun to see them all get pulled out to sit around the house.
    I still sit up until midnight on New Years but mostly because I'm up with the kids who are excited. The hubby is generally in bed at his normal time. Last time he stayed up I think was the millenium also.

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  31. Your Thanksgiving sounds delicious. My mum collects Santas too. Makes buying for her very easy.

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  32. LOVE your new look over here...I keep forgot to mention that.

    We're spoiled with "scratch cookin'", too. I grew up with a lot of "ready-mades", so I REALLY appreciate all the home-cooked stuff.

    Daggum, I'm getting hungry, lol...it's past my lunch time!

    (BTW, I can't imagine eating steak and drinkin' champagne at midnight, but it sounds awfully romantic:) ).

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  33. Annie,

    Love that recipe. We have traditions around here. The grandsons always go with us to the woods to cut a tree and also help decorate it. We go to Mom's for Christmas dinner and to my daughter's Christmas morning.

    Your Santa collection is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Blessings for the coming week.
    Mary

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  34. I just love traditions, whatever they are...

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  35. Goodness, I haven't been around for a few days and you took down all of the Halloween decorations and put up Autumn ones!

    That cherry jello/cranberry stuff looks yummy. I am going to copy the recipe and give it a try this year.

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  36. Love your new look! I like the note on the side for best viewing instructions. I just recently figure this out. May borrow the idea for my site.

    The recipe looks yummy!

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  37. I would love to see more of your Santa collection but I guess that will come around Christmas time.

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  38. I think I'll use this idea in a future post.
    Mama Bear

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  39. Where would our holiday celebrations be without Jello? ;)

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  40. I really want to try this salad. Thanks!

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  41. I can't wait to start decorating! We tend to have many more snowmen than Santas. But I want a big santa to go in my window over the door in my foyer.

    And that cranberry dish? Sounds yummy! I lurve cranberries!

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  42. I think I just gained ten pounds reading this post**LOL**

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  43. Wow, that pie made my stomach growl! And that Santa is oh-so adorable.

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  44. I LOVE your Santa!! I'd love to see the rest of them!!

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  45. You have Santas - I have Snowmen !!

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  46. What a great idea to collect Santa's. I've started collecting advent calendars (wooden and such not the paper ones) and it's been a lot of fun.

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  47. Our tradition here is to have Christmas under the patio by the pool and we always have our "orphan" friends, those whose families are overseas or live in a different state. We have a wonderful time. There's lots of food as we all contribute and the kids have a ball...only coming out of the pool to have something to eat.

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  48. Hi! Anni........loved this post and santa too! seeing as I was the owner of a christmas shop for many years down here in Australia Santa is very special for sure.

    We celebrate Christmas day with first a "big breakfast" in the past all those who worked at our shop would bring their children here and Santa would bring gifts and then we would eat lots of yummo! breakfast things. Remember it is summer for us down here at christmas so it is always so hot....but does that stop us from having the traditional English hot lunch no way!! so we will then enjoy a traditional lunch and sleep I think the rest of the day until the evening meal. I would love to be part of your "can I play mum' But I will soon be off to look after some of our grandchildren while number 9 enters the world........blessings to you.

    Lee-ann

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  49. My sister-in-law collects Santas. In a recent (last year) fit of cleaning out closets and clutter and deciding I was tired of all my Christmas decorations, I gave her a really cool Santa. Somedays I reget that decision....

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  50. I love that you did a steak dinner at midnight of the new millenium! I don't even remember what I did, what a shame that is.

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