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When the opportunity presented itself to write a post about Holiday Comforts, I knew I wanted to be amongst them as I have several traditions which are important to me to create the festive spirit of Christmas.
This past weekend with all of it's busy-ness sums up the traditions I keep.
1. Advent Wreaths
I am by no means a devout Catholic so my Advent Wreath isn't for holy reasons, it's purely out of tradition. I grew up with one and it brings me back to my childhood.
2. Advent Calenders
I've already said it once, but I will NEVER be too old to have one!
Last year's Advent calender.
Despite loving it, I just don't bake..for a myriad of reasons except for at Christmas time.
I was gifted a Kitchen Aide this past year from Nate's grandma, and I busted it out this past weekend.
I have no clue how I survived these past years without one. After 5-6 hours of baking Saturday, I had 3 batches of cookies made and today I found out I can use a dough hook for my "kneaded" doughs. I dread those the most and put those off since they take longer!
Here is the first batch... the pretzel rolo's and the coconut bars are the crowd pleaser so far!
|from left to right: rolo pretzels, spritz cookies, bear claws, and coconut bars|
Nikolaus usually kicks off the Season for me and this year was no different. It was actually a bit more important than usual as Nate is going to be gone for the rest of the month...
This year's theme was Winter Wonderland.. (which I also carried into my advent wreath!)
I'll be posting more about my cakes later this week, but another picture of the igloo cake.
What are your important holiday traditions?
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