Most people put an angel at the top of their Christmas tree.  Some place a star.  We have a very unique Christmas tree topper.  We top our tree with Pinocchio.  Angels grant wishes and you can wish upon a star, but Pinocchio is proof that if you want something bad enough you can get it.  He’s beautiful Italian glass, but we didn’t go all the way to Italy to get him.  We traveled to Frankenmuth to the magical world of Christmas ornaments at Bronners.  This is one of our holiday traditions.

Another tradition at our house is held on Christmas Eve.  We feast on foods that no other family I’m aware of makes and no one can spell.  There’s the simple turkey mint meatballs and hummus and other dunks for our bread and such.  Then there’s the sauerkraut balls and what we call b-word because although we’ve mastered the recipe it was never put in writing.  Not one member of our family knows how to spell this concoction of tomato, breadcrumbs, and cheese wrapped in the thinnest beef you can find.  We don’t know what we enjoy more eating them or pounding the beef.  Great eats that also relieve holiday stress. Awesome!

Of course there will be a holiday run in the morning so that we can enjoy all of this guilt free.  I know that is more a daily ritual than a holiday tradition, but it is still an important part of Christmas Day.  It makes the Christmas cookies taste sooooo much better.  I think I have a new favorite; pecan tassies.

How will your family celebrate the season?

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