Show Us Your Life: Traditions

I hope everyone had a great Turkey Day and were able to spend some quality time with your friends and families. I'll be posting some pics later today of my own family's special Thanksgiving day : )

This Friday's edition of Show Us Your Life, hosted by Kelly's Korner, is all about sharing your holiday traditions!

Every year, my mom and I put up the Christmas tree at my parents' house on my birthday, December 3. (Yes, that's next week, if you'd like to send my birthday gifts in advance : ) We've been doing this for years, and I so look forward to it.

We also hang our stockings, of course! Since I was a "Christmas baby", (born in December), they sent a stocking home with me from the hospital when I was born. I still have the same one today!

We usually have a certain theme for the tree...for instance, one year we may do a gold/red theme and the next year we might do a tree in all silver ornaments. It's so fun to think of new ideas!

I've had my own place for a couple of years now, so I've kind of formed new traditions for myself. I usually make a cup of hot cocoa or mulled wine, watch "Elf" (my fave holiday movie) and bust out the boxes of Christmas decor! I know someday when I have my own family, I'll look back on these days of decorating my little apartment and smile : )

I had mulled wine for the first time in Austria 2 years ago and loved it. It's so delicious and such a festive holiday treat....

I'm actually thinking of starting a new tradition this year and doing something like this on my bedroom wall. For all you guys with apartments or small houses, check out Apartment Therapy. They give tips on decorating for small spaces!

On Christmas day, my Memaw and Papaw (my dad's parents), come over and watch my mom, dad, brother and I open presents. Then my Memaw cooks her traditional, famous Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits!

Chocolate Gravy is a traditional food from the deep-south that my Memaw has perfected over the years. It is our "official" Christmas morning breakfast!

So what are your holiday traditions? Join in the fun on Kelly's Korner today and share yours!

P.S.- I received some reader emails inquiring about the recipe for chocolate gravy, which I'd be more than happy to share! Here goes:

1/2-3/4 cup granulated sugar (to taste)
1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
7 Tablespoons of white, all-purpose flour
1 cup milk (whole or 2% works best)
1-12 oz. can evaporated milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, egg and a bit of the milk in a separate bowl. Set aside.
In a pan sprayed with Pam, heat the milk until warm. Turn on medium heat. Transfer the flour and egg mixture to the saucepan.

Keep stirring as it thickens, so it won't stick or burn; reduce heat as necessary.
When it reaches a pudding-like consistency, remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla.

Gravy thickens slightly when removed from heat.
This is best prepared using an electric mixer or hand blender to help avoid any lumps.


  1. Sounds like some great traditions! And chocolate gravy! Oh my god, sounds amazing!!

  2. Chocolate gravy??? Yum that sounds good!!!! :)

  3. Sounds like lots of fun!
    I will have to give it some thought and figure out if we have any traditions!

  4. Chocolate gravy and biscuits sounds super yummy! I hope you have decorating...what's this about your birthday coming up? I want to know know when it is! :)

  5. I love this... I love Christmas. This is my very favorite time of year, and I love learning all about other people's traditions. Traditions are what make the holidays so fun and so special!! I will have to do a little post on traditions one of these days...

  6. Great traditions....
    Taking a few hours to read some favorite blogs...one of my favorite things to do and something I have done very little of in recent days. I have some wonderful families featured on my holiday blog...


  7. Love them, There all great Christmas traditions.

  8. Too cute love the pics and looove "Elf" we usually have a theme for our tree too! I just love to decorate!

  9. Aw! I love it that you still have the stocking from when you were born! That's adorable! I also dig that you've started your own traditions even though you're in an apt by yourself.. like me! I kinda think I should start my own, too! I mean.. I always decorate, but there's no real rhyme or reason. MAybe this year, I'll make some of my fav tea and play Miracle on 34th St in the background (love that movie!) Fun stuff! :) XOXO!

  10. How fun! And chocolate gravy sounds right up my alley!

  11. OMG! I just posted about gluhwein (German mulled wine). It's delicious! I love the idea of changing the theme of the tree every year. You gotta keep it fun and interesting!


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