Tomorrow is the first day of December, so that means it’s officially time to start the countdown to Christmas… right?! If you ask any of my family or friends what my favorite holiday is, they won’t hesitate to tell you that it’s Christmas. So, it only makes sense that I take over my mom’s blog for the month of December. I absolutely LOVE Christmas and everything that has to do with Christmas, and I usually don’t hesitate to let anyone know that Christmas is my favorite holiday. I mean what’s not to love?
- Christmas Lights – Some may say I have a few too many Christmas lights out on the farm.
- Christmas Movies – Any Hallmark movie or Christmas classic. The cheesier the better.
- Christmas Music – The music you’ll hear in my car 90% of the time in the month of December.
- JESUS – THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!
- The smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree – a family tradition that kicks-off the Christmas season
- SNOW – only a little bit, for a small amount of time
- Time with Friends – Everyone’s home for Christmas break. YAY!
- Family Traditions – which mostly consist of making food or eating food
Which leads us to….
- CHRISTMAS GOODIES! – need I say more?
In the Van Manen household, the month of December usually consists of a lot of baking. It is always a joy to bake Christmas goodies and then take them along to family gatherings and other Christmas parties. Over the years, our family has collected an abundance of recipes for Christmas goodies ranging from dips to cookies to candies. This year we thought we would share these recipes in the form of a countdown to Christmas.
So, without further ado, I present to you 24 days of Christmas goodies: (Starting tomorrow December 1st)
24 Days Until Christmas: A Family Tradition: Chocolate Covered Cherries
23 Days Until Christmas: The Perfect Man: Gingerbread Cookies
22 Days Until Christmas: A Savory Treat: Ham Spread
21 Days Until Christmas: One of My Favorites: Thumbprint Cookies
20 Days Until Christmas: A Snack Everyone Enjoys: Chex™ Mix
19 Days Until Christmas: An Easy to Make Snack: Caramel Puffcorn
18 Days Until Christmas: A Candy So Delicious You Have to Hide it Until Christmas Day: Peanut Clusters
17 Days Until Christmas: Times Two: Cheese Balls
16 Days Until Christmas: Stay Warm – Hot Chocolate
15 Days Until Christmas: Grandma B’s Specialty: Candy Cane Cookies
14 Days Until Christmas: Aunt Michele’s Delicious Homemade Caramels
13 Days Until Christmas: And the tradition continues: Sugar Cookies
12 Days Until Christmas: Emily’s Day Off – Bugle Snack Mix
11 Days Until Christmas: A Classic: Peanut Butter Star Cookies
10 Days Until Christmas: Snowballs or Russian Tea Cakes
9 Days Until Christmas: Puppy Chow – Yum!
8 Days Until Christmas: A Day of Milestones & Puff Pillows
7 Days Until Christmas: The Melt in Your Mouth Cookies: Sandwich Cremes
6 Days Until Christmas: Aunt Kelli’s Taco Dip
5 Days Until Christmas: A Night of Father/Daughter Bonding & Trying Out an Old Family Recipe
4 Days Until Christmas: Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle
3 Days Until Christmas: Cherry Chip Candy
2 Days Until Christmas: Homemade Oreos
1 Day Until Christmas: A recipe from my Great Great Grandma Bunse: German Brown Cookies