My favorite holiday has finally arrived, and from all of us here at SUNTEX, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
While I can’t speak for everyone, I am especially grateful for Christmas this year, since it’s the first time in two years we’ll be spending it together with our family. Due to the unknowns from the pandemic last year, and the uncertainty of holiday travel, last year my husband, and our two dogs, Earl and Benny, had a very intimate Christmas with just the four of us at home. While we enjoyed celebrating together, we’re grateful that everyone in our extended family is happy and healthy and can celebrate the miracle of Christmas together this year!
Unlike other years past, we are fortunate enough to have traveled to Colorado to spend this holiday season at my parents cabin in the Sange de Cristo mountains, and are hoping to actually get a white Christmas this year! Even if it’s just a sprinkling of snow, as a native Texan I can’t help but feel a little extra excitement at the prospect of waking up to snow flurries as we celebrate the day together.
So whether you’re spending the holiday with friends or family, or celebrating a more intimate Christmas day, we hope it’s full of delicious food, holiday merriment, and joyful gatherings that bring you a little more warmth this holiday season. Thank you so much for being part of our extended family here at SUNTEX, and making our year so bright. Our hearts are overcome with joy and gratitude to you all as we celebrate this glorious day together, and we hope that wherever you are, whether you’re celebrating near or far, that you have a happy and joyous holiday as well!
While we know every family has their own holiday traditions, here are just a few ideas to spread the Christmas joy this year:
- Gather the family round the piano, it’s time for some holiday cheer! The following link contains sheet music for over 20 Christmas jingles, for you to sing along to: https://www.singing-bell.com/christmas-carol-sheet-music/
Or, if you’re not much of a singer but still desire to spread some holiday cheer, check out the following holiday recipes below:
- Classic sugar cookies: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/sugar-cookies-recipe-1914697
- Gingerbread cookies and other holiday desserts: https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/best-christmas-cookies.html
- Favorite Christmas Foods: https://www.acouplecooks.com/best-christmas-recipes/
- Christmas Cocktails and Mocktails: https://insanelygoodrecipes.com/christmas-cocktails/
If you enjoy designing and decorating, but aren’t much of a cook (or have been relegated to the other rooms in the house by the head chef in charge of cooking the Christmas meal), there are tons of Christmas crafts for you to participate in as well. Here are just a few ideas:
- From Michaels, you can get supplies and ideas for holiday crafting that’s sure to spruce up any home: https://www.michaels.com/christmas/christmas-crafts-and-diy/917606534
- Good Housekeeping also has a few ideas to share in the Christmas merriment with loved ones: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/g34112389/christmas-crafts-for-kids/
- Of course, if you’re looking for something slightly more economical, look no further than the Prudent Penny Pincher website, which contains one-hundred holiday themed crafts for you and your kids: https://www.prudentpennypincher.com/100-best-christmas-crafts/
If the holiday season gets to be overwhelming, don’t forget to check out our previous blog on how to decompress for the holidays, here: How to Survive the Holidays as an Introvert.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? I always enjoy reading more about what others are doing to celebrate, and find that Christmas in particular carries a global diversity unlike other American holidays that allow us to feel truly connected and blissful. Please do feel free to share your family traditions in the comments section below! Whatever your favorite Christmas traditions may be, I know I share the sentiments of Santa when I say, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!