I have to admit that I've been bitten by the Holiday bug this year. I am excited about the upcoming holidays and have been counting down the days until I can put up my Christmas tree and play carols on the radio. For me, the kickoff to Christmas is Thanksgiving. Until then, I can hope and plan, but the holidays don't become real until the fourth Thursday of November.
After last year when I didn't feel up to celebrating much of anything, this year is going to be different. I am looking forward to spending time with friends and family. To go Christmas shopping and wrap gifts. I can't wait to bake Christmas cookies and stay up late on Christmas Eve to catch a peek of Santa. To wake up on Christmas morning with a sense of expectation. And then to celebrate the past year on New Year's Eve and look forward to the upcoming year.
I've been given a second chance at embracing life, and I intend on making this holiday season the most memorable by filling it with love and joy. I have had amazing blessings this year and look forward to what the next year holds.
Since I'm in a sharing mood, here is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe for Chinese New Year Cookies:
12 oz chocolate chips
12 oz butterscotch chips
6 oz can of chow mein noodles
14.5 oz can of salted peanuts
Melt chips over low heat. Remove pan from heat and slowly stir in chow mein noodles and peanuts. Drop by spoonfuls on to wax paper. Let harden then chill or freeze. I usually keep these in the freezer until an hour before serving.
Whatever holidays you celebrate, I hope they are filled with joy and love this year. Hold your loved ones close and may we find peace on Earth.
What recipes do you always make for the holidays or what traditions do you hold on to?