A few of my favorite things….

This is cold baby Jesus Layton decided to warm up.

Peanut butter divinity arrived TODAY! It is soooooo good, good job Ma!

Chocolate silk pie yum, yum!

There are some things at this time of the year that just are and you think you can’t do without. Some are memories, some are things, some are traditions.

These are some of my favorite things:

My grandmother had always made a candy that is unique and delicate (as my mom would say). It’s called peanut butter divinity. For years my grandma and mom would get together and make lots for us during the Christmas season. When grandma passed away this is one of the scares, that this too would go away. Mom has come thru wonderfully and she now makes it for us. (so thankful) The other day, it was like, all of the sudden, I could just smell it in the air. I texted Mom and said, “I am having a peanut butter divinity attack, I think I can smell it!” She wrote back and said I had a strong smeller because she just sent some and I should be looking for it to come soon! I KNEW IT, I KNEW IT!!! It should be showing up at my door step today. Thanks Mom!

Another favorite, that I have had to learn to make, is chocolate silk pie. Mom made one for each of us and then another to ‘share’ for the rest. Don’t think that I can’t eat ONE (pie) all by myself…..Love this pie, and am making it this year myself since Mom wasn’t with us at thanksgiving and now Christmas. It is so smooth, looks like a cloud sitting on a pie shell, rich and fluffy! YUM!!!

I love candlelight service! There is something magical about it, and can’t wait each year. I don’t think I have ever left one without tears.

One of my favorite memories that I think about every year is when my oldest, Layton, who at the time was 3 years old was playing with the nativity scene. A bit later I was setting it back up and Baby Jesus was missing….I said to Layton, “oh no, where did baby Jesus go?” He looked at me like he knew but didn’t want to tell.” I said, “Layton, where is he?” He takes his little hand out of the pocket of his jacket and said, “Jesus was cold!” I loved that sooooooo much!

I love dinner here at my home on Christmas Eve. Mom started the tradition of clam chowder and I have now carried it over to this family. It’s a great gathering and we sing happy birthday to Jesus before eating dessert and opening gifts. I also LOVE Christmas morning….so low key, hang out and do nothing or whatever, just being together. No agenda, no pressure, just being.

I love the song, “Mary did you know?” and “O Holy Night!” (The part, ‘fall on your knees’….la,la, la,! SO POWERFUL!!)

These are a few of my favorite things this time of the year.

December 24, 2010 - 5:19 am

Jenay - We share a lot of the same favorites!!! We should be sisters!!! Love ya, and love your favorites, I could copy and paste and put it on my blog because we have much of the same traditions and favorites and memories.

December 24, 2010 - 12:19 pm

Jasmine - The Chocolate silk pie is to die for.

I love traditions, and we have a few of our own. I love the slower pace of winter with hot chocolate by the fireplace – reading books and cuddling together. In the evening we go to church.

It’s a sweet time.

Thank you for sharing your favorite things. I have enjoyed our friendship this year, and hope that for the coming year we will only grow closer as sisters.

All my love,


December 24, 2010 - 8:59 pm

Anonymous - Marlece that was such a sweet post. Grandma and Mom should be so proud they helped create this lovely young mom who carries on the family traditions, and then makes some new ones. You are doing a fabulous job! I too, would love to cut and paste your blog, and put it on my non-existant one! Well done, good and faithful servant!

Love you, Connie

December 25, 2010 - 12:22 am

Gerie - Everything looks delicious!

O Holy Night, is my very very favorite Christmas song too, I love the part,” Christ is the Lord” its the 2nd verse after fall on your knees.
I can never get enough, sometimes I’ll play it over and over and over.
Hope you have a quiet and blessed and merry Christmas.
God Bless,


December 26, 2010 - 12:45 am

Cheryl @ On the Old Path - I love family traditions and memories thanks for sharing yours with us. Have a blessed Christmas!!!

December 27, 2010 - 9:15 pm

Anonymous - My favorite Christmas songs too!
Love you!
A 🙂

December 31, 2010 - 2:15 pm

Mommie Kate - I really enjoyed looking at your Christmas photos and reading about your favorite things. I like being able carry on traditions from my grandparents too. So many good things get lost these days in our fast- paced, live scattered-across-the-country generation. I like to think our children will be glad we kept some of the old traditions alive as we started new ones for them. Got any pie left? lol YUM!

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