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



Traditional Family Gifts




Here are my five:


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?)


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.



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.




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:


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


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.



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.



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