Holiday Traditions! Meet Erin!


Hey all! I'm excited to be guest blogging for Lauren today.
Her blog is actually the first one I started reading and inspired me to make my own! :)

1. What is your favorite seasonal drink?
I’m not a coffee drinker at all so I don’t do Starbucks except during holidays. I LOVE their Peppermint Mocha’s!! I also love to make white hot chocolate.

2. What is your all time favorite Christmas movie?
SOOO hard to pick so I’m doing an ‘oldie’ and a ‘newbie’
It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf

3. Give us the rundown of your family celebrations {Christmas eve/Christmas day.}
Things are constantly changing as more of us are getting married & starting families. But here’s the rundown for 2011:

Dec 17—Christmas w/ hubby’s extended family (aunts, uncles cousins) to do a $5 grab bag gift. It’s the type of grab bag where you can make trades, so it’s always a fun time!

Dec 23- Christmas at OUR new house with my parents, sister & bro-in-law
Dec 24- CRAZY Christmas at my grandparents house (see #4 for details)
Dec 25- Waking up to do stockings & gifts w/ hubby (ps- Stockings are my FAVORITE part of Christmas). Then going to my other grandparent’s house.
Dec 26- Christmas w/ Hubby’s immediate fam- parents, two brothers & their significant others.

4. Share an old and a new family tradition.
Every year on Christmas Eve, someone new is assigned the duty of decorating this collection of hats my Grandma has. This tradition has been around since I was a little one. The silly hats are passed out to most of the adults and then the silliness begins. My grandma has all these Party/Dance CDs that she insists on putting on every year. We limbo, do the YMCA, my Grandma swing dances- and year after year we teach her the Electric Slide. J I love my crazy family.
A new tradition will be whatever Hubby and I do this year. We’ve been talking about doing special Christmas breakfast for the morning while we open our presents. Not sure what it will consist of yet, but I’m sure that will soon be a tradition and we will only add to the traditions as the years go on!

5. What tops your tree? {Star, Angel, Bow- etc.}
A crazy star that changes colors- I wasn’t a huge fan, but Hubs picked it out and loves it.

6. Do you prefer colored, white or LED lights?
I like to have colored ones on the trees. I love the look of all white lights on a house though.

7. Share a tasty holiday recipe.

I LOVE to make Peppermint Bark. I know lots of people make it, but here’s the recipe I follow.
You need 8-10 candy canes (whatever comes in a box usually is fine)
1 bag of milk chocolate chips (Many like dark chocolate, your preference!)
1 bag of white chocolate chips
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
I put all the candy canes in a big Ziploc bag and smash and roll them up with a rolling pin.
Take 1 large cookie shoot and place aluminum foil down.
Melt all the milk (or dark!) chocolate, then cover the pan with it. Stick it in the freezer to let it harden.
Melt all the white chocolate and pour in peppermint extract.
Once mixed and cooled, pour white chocolate over the first layer.
Then sprinkle all the peppermint on top. Freeze’til hard.
Break apart & ENJOY! J

8. What does Christmas mean to you?
It means celebrating my Lord & Savior’s birth! He is truly the reason for the season!! It also means a special time with family, all celebrating the many blessings we share.

How cute was Erin's first ever guest post?!
Erin thank you SO much for guest posting on my series! :)
I LOVED IT! I also love that your family has a crazy hat tradition! Too cute!

Everyone please go check out my friend Erin's blog HERE!
She's new to the blog world and would love some new friends!


  1. Love this post! The hat tradition is so funny! The peppermint bark sounds really good, I've never made it myself before. I love white lights on a Christmas tree but I did color this year. Anything goes outside though (for me anyway!)


  2. Thanks for following me! I am following you now too and have loved your blog!! Your wedding pictures are beautiful, and you and your hubby are such a cute couple! I look forward to reading and getting to know you more!

  3. ahh I LOVE peppermint white chocolate bark. and traditions :)
    Lovely Little Rants

  4. Your blog is too cute!! Love it!! Beautiful girl :)

  5. Erin you did such an amazing job guest posting....this was so good! and i want some of those marshmallow snowmen in my kitchen right now! nom nom!

  6. Since you were talking about you & your husband starting a new tradition with breakfast on christmas morning; I figured I would show you this recipe--its been all over pinterest! Im waiting until Christmas to try it! Enjoy! :)

  7. i'm the same, i love all the colored lights but the white lights are always classic ,)
    xo TJ

  8. congrats on the first guest post! and your family traditions sound fantastic!

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