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Festive Traditions

Festive Traditions
Designed and Photographed by Marty Walden of MartysMusings.net.

Put a new twist on favorite activities this season.

Savor the Season

Baking cookies to exchange with friends or assembling and decorating a gingerbread house might already be on your holiday to-do list, but you could also consider other culinary customs to add to your repertoire. Try your hand at making mince pies as they do in England or whip up a tasty French-inspired Yule log cake to decorate your table. You’ll find a recipe for the latter in the Farmhouse Style Christmas 2021 special issue, currently available on newsstands or online.

Let There Be Lights

If there’s no Clark Griswold in your neighborhood, you may need to venture a little farther afield to enjoy over-the-top holiday lights this season. Of course, there are plenty of large displays and light shows in community parks, at zoos and in other public locations, but check with nearby park districts or scan local social media pages to see whether there are holiday decorating contests or lights tours in your area. Many towns will share a map of homes that have signed up and welcome drive-by viewings. Don your Christmas jammies, crank up the carols, and pack a thermos of cocoa and some popcorn to enjoy during the tour.

Spirited Screenings

We all have our sentimental favorites when it comes to holiday movies and TV programs. There are several ways to enhance your enjoyment of these cherished classics. You might check with local theaters to see if they are holding special screenings. Some cinemas offer caroling before the show or encourage audience participation, such as singing along with Bing Crosby in White Christmas or cheering on George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life. If you’d rather host your own at-home showing, consider using a projector for a big-screen experience and creating a menu themed to suit the title. For example, make a charcuterie board full of green goodies for a viewing of The Grinch or set up an Elf waffle bar with plenty of toppings, including Buddy’s favorite food groups—candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup.

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