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New Holiday Traditions

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I’m not sure if I told you guys, but this is the first Christmas we are celebrating at home with the kids, ever. I’m ecstatic to finally start our own family traditions and Little Guy is too. He’s been talking about waking up in his own house on Christmas morning for weeks now.

Of course I’m all about the food.

So I thought I’d post about what I’m making. It will help me collect my thoughts and hopefully give you some ideas as well.

First up, the COOKIES! Today is baking day. This afternoon I’ll be making…

Molasses Cookie Balls. These are great! No one else suspects they are light in any way, even though they are only about 30 calories a cookie!

Next up are Less-Sugar Sugar Cookies.

I plan on having the dough all ready so Little Guy and I can decorate after school today.

I would make some Not Your Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies but the husband only eats chocolate chip cookies so I’m making regular ones from dough I bought at a school fundraiser.

Christmas Eve Dinner

I’m going protein and veggies all the way…

That’s it! I’m ditching carbs in place of cookies and wine. Isn’t that a good idea. :)

Christmas Day

Now, for Christmas day I let the husband pick so guess what we’re having.

Yup.. PASTA! (not sure if you know but my husband is a homemade sauce fiend)

He requested stuffed shells and I thought it was a great idea! I make them lighter, of course. Click here to see a video post where I share my tips. Along side I’m thinking some Italian roasted broccoli. Since I have all the ingredients I may even make a tray of Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash "Lasagna" just for me because I can. :)

That’s it in the food department. I’m trying not to go overboard. The fridge is stocked with lots of veggies and hummus for dipping. I have fruit abound and cheese to a minimum. ;)

In the fun department we will be writing a note to Santa who always writes back. We’ll have stockings…

full of fun and practical things, and Christmas morning will all open our gifts enjoying Cinnamon rolls (see how I still snuck food into the fun stuff. I just can’t help myself!)

I hope you have a wonderful Holiday. I’ll be signing off after tomorrow. I may share one special Holiday Weekend Quote before I head out for my family time, but I’m not making any promises.

Enjoy the end of the year and keep in mind (I’ve said this before) No one will remember how you look or what size jeans you are wearing at Christmas dinner. What they will remember is how you make them feel and the memories you make together.

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    December 22, 2011

    We’ll be at home for the first time in a couple years too! We have travelled on Christmas Day the past couple years and it has been hard on the kids who just want to spend a leisure Christmas Day at home. We will be having some in-laws over on Christmas Eve so I need to get some meals together!


    December 22, 2011

    This sounds like a pretty amazing way to celebrate Christmas!


    December 22, 2011

    Enjoy your family time! :) Merry Christmas!


    December 22, 2011

    My kids and grandkids have always had Christmas at their own homes with their own traditions. We celebrate at my house for “early Christmas” a week before so I can enjoy all of them and they can still have their own special family Christmas. It’s so important to let your kids and their families make their own memories,I know I cherish the memories I made with my kids. Cooking is such a part of Christmas but WW and your blog have let me combine the joy of Christmas cooking and still love myself to be good to myself. I too will give up the carbs any day for some good wine!


    December 23, 2011

    Merry Christmas! I hope Santa is good to you all!

    Tracy aka My Tiny Tank

    December 23, 2011

    I’ll save my carbs for wine this weekend too. Protein rich menu at our house. Boys will have sugary treats. I will have a bit of wine. Happy Holidays Roni!!

    That looks like it will be one amazing holiday! My friend is Italian so I’m used to hearing pasta for Christmas, they really go all out. Stuffed shells has become a recent favorite here!

    Wishing you and your family a beautiful Christmas full of wonderful memories!


    December 23, 2011

    yum! Want company? AKA- me! :)

    I can’t wait to try those molasses cookies!

    Staying MOtivated MO

    December 23, 2011

    Happy Happy Joy Joy —— love the quote!!!!! Be safe and enjoy the splender of the season!!



    December 23, 2011

    Wishing you and your gang a wonderful holiday. LOVE the new traditions. Your kids will love these for YEARS to come!!!!!


    December 24, 2011

    Wishing you and your family the best Christmas ever!!

    Tami @Nutmeg Notebook

    December 27, 2011

    It all sounds lovely Roni! I am late getting around and catching up on blogs. That quote is right on!