Saturday, December 15, 2018

Mary Alford's Favorite Christmas Things

Hi everyone, Mary Alford here. Today, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite Christmas things. With the holiday growing closer, I look forward to seeing family and friends, as well as rememberingloved ones who have gone on before me.

One of myfavorite Christmas traditions is not all that old, but still very precious to my family. In December 2012, my father-in-law passed away a little before Christmas. He wasn't much on decorating for the holiday, but that particular year he had a little Christmas tree sitting on his dining room table. Since that time, I've made it a point of putting up his Christmas tree in my dining room. 

This is this year's photo of the tree decorated with photo ornaments of his great-grandchildren. I think he would be proud.   

What are the holidays without some tasty treats?

When my oldest granddaughter was still quite young, I came across this recipe and it soon became a favorite treat to prepare for the season. I make it for my granddaughter as well as give it away to our neighbors as presents.

It’s a simple recipe and one I hope you will enjoy this Christmas season.

Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Serves: 8, Yield: 4 quarts
4 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup finely crushed peppermint candies or 10 candy canes
16 ounces white chocolate
1. Carefully melt the white chocolate in the microwave or on the stove. Stir constantly to prevent burning.
2. Once melted, stir half of the crushed peppermint into the white chocolate.
3. Put the popcorn in a large bowl and pour the melted white chocolate and peppermint mixture on top.
4. Stir the mixture to coat the popcorn, then sprinkle the remaining peppermint over the popcorn.
5. Enjoy.

What would popcorn be without a great holiday movie to enjoy it with?

My favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation. I love the zany way, the Griswolds’s perfect holiday plans turn out to be anything but.

So what about you? What are some of your favorite things to do to make the holiday special?

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Mary Alford

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Marilyn R. said...

Thank you for sharing favorite Christmas things. I have a small nativity that my grandparents always had out.

Mary Alford said...

Those are special memories. I love that you are carrying on their tradition for them, Marilyn.

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