WACOAN at Home: December 2022

By Brittany Ross

“It’s that time, Christmas time is here! Everybody knows, there’s not a better time of year.”

‘Christmas Vacation,’ ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Elf’ are highly quoted movies in our house, especially around the holidays. You’ll find a leg lamp in the dormer of our home and glass moose cups in the cabinet.

Growing up, Christmas was always my favorite holiday. My parents instilled family traditions early on that we still look forward to year after year, even now as adults. Matching Christmas pajamas, a new ornament for each kid and monkey bread for breakfast.

When my own little family began to grow, I was excited to start some of our own holiday traditions. Of course, we still do matching pajamas and a new ornament to add to the tree, but I wanted to do something more, something that would keep the holidays special every night, which is how we came up with our own twist on the 12 days of Christmas.

Each night for the 12 days leading up to Christmas we watch a Christmas movie and enjoy a themed snack and drink. My husband plans the movie line-up each year and I’m in charge of the rest. Since our kids are still young (Adalyn, 3 and Hudson, 1) we plan a couple nights for them to stay up past bedtime and enjoy with us. Eventually, the plan is for the whole family to partake in this tradition for as long as they will let me.

While some recipes, like “Grinch” hot chocolate and ginger snaps have been a flop, we have really enjoyed most! Some of our favorites include homemade English toffee, Molasses Cream Pie cookies, White Christmas Mojitos and Creamy Coconut Hot Cocoa. Check wacoan.com for a full list of linked recipes.

Traditions are so important and can really help bond a family together. I try to take advantage of every opportunity as a parent to spend time with my children. So even if your kids are rolling their eyes and making fun of the tradition, know that deep down, they really do love it. To this day, there is still something so nostalgic about monkey bread and matching jammies with my family.

So as Buddy would say, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Or with Christmas treats and drinks! I hope your family will find joy in this 12 days of Christmas tradition.

Merry Christmas, Waco!

The Line-up

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” – Grinch Rice Krispies & Hot Apple Cider
“Home Alone” – Homemade Chex Mix & Frosted Mistletoe Margaritas
“Frosty the Snowman” – Snowman Sugar Cookies & Frozen Snowball Punch
“A Christmas Story” – Molasses Cream Pie Cookies & Gingerbread White Russians
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – Reindeer Brownies & Shirley Temples
“Santa Clause” – Puppy Chow & Creamy Coconut Hot Chocolate
“Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” – Santa Munch Christmas Popcorn & White Christmas Mojitos
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” – Santa Kabobs & Holiday Punch
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” – English Toffee & Eggnog (in a moose cup!)
“Santa Clause 2” – Pretzel Hugs & Hot Buttered Rum Apple Cider
“Elf” – Elf Hats & Elf Punch
“The Year Without Santa Claus” – Buckeye Balls & Classic Hot Cocoa