Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A More Meaningful Family Christmas- Rerun

This is a post I made last year after our Christmas celebration.
Many people loved my idea and I thought it was worth posting again, this time before Christmas so you could consider starting this custom yourself.

Sunday evening my local grandchildren came over to celebrate Christmas in a different way.
We started out having Pizza Fondue for supper. This was prompted by their father's fond recollections of enjoying it as a teenager. If the amount he ate was any indication his enjoyment hasn't diminished!

After dinner there were gifts to be opened. These were not the usual gifts you buy in a store for the most part. They were family treasures and memorabilia. Each child got one large bag filled with smaller boxes and objects. Each one also received a small notebook to write in. As they opened an item if there was a story to tell about that item I related it to them and they were able to write it down. They really seemed to enjoy the gifts and the stories.

Here is Heidi showing one of the gifts she received. It was a precious doll pin I used to wear when she was less than 2. She was so attracted to it as a child so now she has it as a memory.

Dana has loved monkeys including sock monkeys. She was the recipient of a sock bunny that used to be one of the toys I would put under one of our Christmas trees.

Jeff Jr. is writing the story of Grandpa Jerry's golf ornament.

Kierstin is reading the inscription I put on the bottom of one of the ornaments I passed on to her from my Christopher Radko ornament collection.

Cooper loves pandas. He is inspecting the Christopher Radko panda ornament. I had to hold my breath that he didn't crush it!

Jeff Sr. is showing how his father's ring that Jerry wore on his ring finger fits his thumb.

This is the first time I've included a recipe on this blog. Marcia asked about it and so did other friends. Hope you'll enjoy it. It is delicious. There was a tiny bit leftover and I am having it for lunch tomorrow.

1 onion, chopped
½ lb. ground beef
2 T margarine or shortening
2 - 10 ½ oz cans pizza sauce
1 T cornstarch
1 ½ t fennel seed
1 ½ t oregano
¼ t. garlic powder
10 oz grated Cheddar cheese
1 c. grated mozzarella cheese

Brown onion and meat in shortening in Fondue pot at #9.
Mix cornstarch and seasoning into pizza sauce.
Reduce heat to #6 and sauce to mixture. Stir well.
When mixture thickens and bubbles, add cheeses by thirds, stirring well after each addition.
When all the cheese is melted, turn control to # 5 to keep warm.
Dunkers: Garlic bread cubes, toasted English muffin cubes, bread sticks

Serve over toasted English muffin for a luncheon treat.
Serves 4-6 as main dish
10-12 as appetizer


ann said...

You are blessed to have such a wonderful family and they are blessed to have such a loving matriarch.
Wishing you JOY on your Journey,

Deborah Boschert said...

What a lovely lovely idea. Thank you so much. I have been struggling with our daily Advent treats. They are completely meaningless (other than the kids' general delight in them). Your tradition could be adapted to make a wonderful Advent tradition.

Gisela Towner said...

What a beautiful idea!
You're making so many new memories from the old memories.
And that fondue sounds pretty yummy too. sounds perfect for Christmas Eve.