Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I just love this wonderful time of year, don’t you? Giving gifts, being with family, and the general love and goodwill in the air this time of year are things to be thoroughly enjoyed and cherished. All of the tasty treats are something you don’t want to miss either. 🙂
This Christmas Eve, my family and I will be going over to an extended family party with lots of catching up, plenty of food, and games to play. There is usually a hearty game of broomball for those who want to brave the winter chill for some exhausting fun. But this year has been so unseasonably warm here in Minnesota that not even the puddles have a layer of ice on them. But there will be more than enough to do indoors and plenty of people to chat with.
After that my family and I will be heading to the airport to pick up my brother who is flying in for Christmas. I haven’t seen him in a long time….so I just can’t wait! I hope all of your family is able to get together, if not in person then through the wonderful world of technology. Three cheers for internet video chats!
Besides the fact that I miss my brother like crazy, another reason to be excited is that our Christmas family traditions would not be the same without him. While we can’t do all the traditions this year because he is only able to be here for an extra long weekend, we will indulge in all the traditions that we can. One of our Christmas traditions is getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve while the rest of the presents would wait for Christmas morning. I remember many a restless Christmas Eve night and an ecstatic Christmas morning when I was a little girl. I remember creating a sea of wrapping paper and presents with cries of joy and thank-you’s. The rest of the day we would spend enjoying family, food, and our new gifts.
Now that I’m an adult, wrapping paper seas are not formed, Christmas still passes with such love and generosity that I’m always so thankful and amazed. While I still do occasionally let out cries of delight in such a high pitch that only dogs can hear it, the time with my family is what I really treasure. Christmas in our family has always been a time to be together, enjoying each other’s company, and remembering what family is all about.
Enjoying the Christmas season also includes savoring delicious food. In the spirit of giving, I want to pass a yummy recipe on to you. This recipe is going to be short and sweet since I don’t want to keep you away from the festivities any longer.
What you need for this delicious warm drink is:
1 cup of milk
1 cup of half and half
2 Tablespoons of sugar
2 Tablespoons of brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
Combine all the ingredients in a pot and heat on the stove at medium/low to medium heat until it is nice and hot. Be careful not to boil it because that will affect the taste. This makes two normal servings or one very big mug. If you wanted to make this for a large party you could multiply the recipe accordingly and keep it on low heat in a crock pot so your guests can sip on warm, delicious creaminess the whole day.
Soon I will be joining the rest of the world by heading home for Christmas. Before I go, from all of us here at Heartland America and Home with Heartland, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! And please remember that you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.