Playing a little holiday game here – tell me what your holiday musts are in the following categories:

Movies

Cookies

Traditional Family Gifts

Food

Outing

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Here are my five:

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Movie – It’s a Wonderful Life

I was watching this movie on lazy Saturday afternoons before Hallmark started producing ornaments with George Bailey’s face on them. It is the best redemption story out there and you can’t get through the movies without crying –even if you are a big strong guy (right Roger?)

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Cookies – Mexican Wedding Cakes/Russian Tea Cakes

My mom makes these yummy-powdered-sugar-balls of love every single year and they ARE Christmas. Check out this post on how to make these extra special cookies.

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Traditional Family Gifts- Chocolate Orange

It’s easy. Whack ’em on a table and eat. Yum. If Santa doesn’t get one for every kid (and Roger still considers himself a kid) I am in big trouble.

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Food – Broccoli Casserole

I love me some Broccoli Casserole – a long-standing tradition in our family. Mayo, condensed soup, and Ritz crackers.  And now, I pass my family’s white trash heritage on to you:

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Broccoli Casserole

2 Eggs – Beaten

2 T Green Onions – chopped

1 Can Celery Soup

1 Cup Mayonnaise

2 boxes frozen broccoli

8 oz grated cheddar cheese

1 tube Ritz Crackers

1 cube butter

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the first four ingredients in a bowl.

Par boil broccoli and drain.

Mix the broccoli into the first four ingredients. Pour into an 8×8 casserole dish.

Sprinkle the cheese on top of the casserole.

Melt the butter.

Crush the tube of Ritz crackers and mix with the melted butter. Cover over the casserole.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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Outings – Looking at Christmas lights while listening to Trans-Syberian Orchestra

Here is a map of Christmas lights around the Bay Area. For all my homies. However, almost every paper in the country has a guide on their website.

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OK – now it’s your turn – tell me what you need to make it Christmas…

kathilipp

Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

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