We have a lot of Christmas traditions and one of the favorite is each year, we make plates full of delicious Holiday Treats to take to our neighbors and Friends. This is the second year that I’ve actually fulfilled this family Christmas tradition since getting married. We always did this when I was a kid growing up, but for some reason that I just don’t know, I never started doing this in my own little family until last Christmas, when we finished with the army and moved back to Idaho. So really, I’m starting my own Christmas traditions and will be doing this every Christmas from now on.
Creating family Christmas traditions with holiday treats.
I know that each year our holiday treats will be different, but one of our favorites is Chocolate Covered Pretzels! They are so easy to make, and absolutely delicious, they make for a fun filler on the plate and they are a family Christmas tradition we often made.
So Monday night we started our baking and chocolate dipping. Since the Husband is gone this year to his internship, and I’m in single parent mode, this year’s treats are much more simple than last year.
I create the Shortbread Cookies with jam center; and while I’m dipping the pretzels, loading the cookies into the plates and making dinner, I have the boys putting together the little “extras” for each plate. 1 Hershey’s Kiss, 4 Spiced Holiday Gum drops-2 in each color, and the Chocolate Covered Pretzels. I add the cookies and then we wrap them up and label them. It is a great Christmas service that we can do as a family to brighten other’s lives.
Update 2014: this year we enjoyed bringing in more family traditions with creating Caramel Marshmallow pops to go along with the Shortbread cookies in our neighbor plates.
And we topped it off with Old Fashioned Vinegar Taffy (recipe coming January 9, 2015) that Grandma Della used to make us every Christmas. It’s always fun when we include family traditional treats in our Holiday treat plates for our neighbors.
Fulfilling Family Christmas Traditions
After dinner is complete we pile into the van and I drive around and let my little boys in their elf hats (complete with bell and all) run to the door of our neighbor’s with a plate full of holiday treats, ring the doorbell and say Merry Christmas!
This year, getting my boys to participate in the delivery of the treats was much easier than last year. And soon we are finished and we come home.
Afterwards I gather us together so we can talk about why we do this. You all know that I’m going to be the perfect mom who can teach her kids to be perfect too, and always think of the right things to say.
So I ask my boys, “Why do we make and deliver Holiday treats to our neighbors and friends at Christmas?”
As the perfect Mother that I am, having raised the perfect children than I have, I’m expecting the perfect answer, “Since the Savior served us, and gave us the greatest gift in this life, then we should serve and give gifts to others.”
But what I actually receive as an answer came from the 7 year old (2 weeks shy of turning 8):
“So we can make people Fat like Santa!”
So much for perfect Mother of the year award. But man we sure had a good laugh.
So now in case you all were wondering the answer to that question you now know! We give treats to each other so we can all be fat like Santa! I guess that’s a fun new family Christmas Tradition to carry on every year.
Do you make plates of Holiday Treats for your friends and neighbors?
Is your motivation to make them Fat like Santa?