DAY 2 - WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME
For 10 years I chaired an Angel Tree Program for FISH and I loved doing it! I prepared for it every year and I truly believe each year got better and better. The night before we distributed the gifts I would go shopping for the teenage girls. We were ALWAYS lacking in gifts for the teen girls no matter what we tried to boost things up for them. So now when I choose the angels from the trees in the community I seek out the teenage girls specifically.
Christmas means lots and lots of memories of family, some no longer with us, but always in my heart when I hang an ornament they made especially for me like my cousin Beth who we lost in October or a recipe that they always prepared like my dad's Oatnut Sourdough Herb Dressing or Gram's Christmas box full of goodies picked out just for each one of us or...
One of the things I try to practice is to make at least one homemade gift each year - nothing extravagant, but just something that says "I MADE THIS with LOVE JUST FOR YOU".
The years that I host Christmas include a lot of family recipes. LOL coming up on the 10th I'll share an anecdote about crazy Aunt Louise and her recipe that truly became a family favorite among us kids. They were addicting and one year she made them for me as a Christmas in July at the 4th of July pool party she hosted.
This year I'm making Tangerine Pineapple Apple Sauce to include with each person's gift.