The Players:

Darling: The brave hero, love of my life
Crunchy: The crazy drama queen, hippie crunchy, fiber-freak
Formerly-known-as-Teenaged-Cave-Dweller: The now happily married wayward teen daughter, currently without a part but for an occasional guest appearance-again.
Australian beast-in-law: the transplant from Australia who swept the Cave Dweller off her feet
SNG(AKA Science Nerd Girl): the 19 year old sanity creator, Mom's all helper, now part time college geek
Pickle: The 17 old sensory seeking/avoiding mother hen
Tink: The 15 year old auto-immune compromised fairy nut
Cactus Jack: The 13 year old drama king
Don Juan: The 12 year old ladies man
Duck: The 9 year old cutie patootie
Doodlebop: The 7 old independent sass box
Sugar Man: The 5 year old sweetie flirt monster
Frodo: the 5 old chunky grandson
Sassbox: the 4 year old firecracker baby
Biscuit Smidge: the 4 month old shrieky dragon granddaughter

Monday, November 15, 2010

Holiday traditions?

It's that time of year. We're approaching the holidays quickly. What do you do that you consider tradition?

Thanksgiving has become a mish-mash. We're starting some new things this year.
My Teenager requested deer roast instead of turkey, and a more 'traditional' meal, as in "pilgrim" traditional. That really surprised me, because she's always been the one to resist traditional family events or things. Perhaps being in the girls school has changed her perspective on things. So we'll be doing deer roast, potatoes, acorn squash and cranberry dishes-the salsa I posted already, and one that I just cannot live without at the holidays that my Mom makes-a cranberry jello, made with the pulp from fresh cranberries, cherry jello, celery and walnuts. Two pans for Mom and one for the rest of ya'll. :)

And I think that this year we will start the season off with a movie fest. What movies does your family prefer for the holidays?
We'll watch Christmas with the Kranks(based on John Grisham's Skipping Christmas)
White Christmas(can't leave out Danny Kay sing Sisters with Bing, now can we?)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles-I love Steve Martin!
Scrooged. I can't help it.
We've also got A Christmas Carol with both George C. Scott and Patrick Stewart. I prefer Stewart's version.

And we kick off the season reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It chokes me up every year.

So, what do you do to start the holiday season?


  1. When my girls were young and at home we always watched The Homecoming ~ the 2 hour walton's special. i still watch it, but by myself now.
    Also, i would recommend, It's a Wonderful Life and the musical version of A Christmas Carol. i can't remember the actual title but it stars Kelsey Grammer. Before i saw it, i thought it would have to be awful, but i was pleasantly surprised. Now, i like it.

  2. Oh we adore It's a Wonderful Life too! We usually save that for later in the holiday season. And A Christmas Story. I'll have to get the Waltons. I loved them growing up. I want to buy all the seasons eventually. I'll look up that musical version. thank you. I enjoy Kelsey Grammer as a actor.

  3. I love the "Best Christmas Pagent Ever" too!

    Some of my family's favorites are: A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street (original version), A Little Princess (Shirley Temple version) and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

    National Lampoons is very funny, but we always watched the edited version when my kids were little as it is not really appropriate for little people.