Friday, December 25, 2009


We are finally coming into our own with our Peterson Christmas traditions.  It is so fun to finally figure out what our "thing" is.

It all starts with Thanksgiving morning.  We put our tree up.  Isn't it neat how a dark room and a lit tree just seem to make everything magic?  I have really enjoyed the twinkles and green and excitement in our home for the last month.  Christmas is a special, special day.

A week after Thanksgiving we host our annual Christmas Open House where we seem to average about 60 people coming into our home and we hope we do a good job of entertaining and blessing them.  Though, we surely are the ones most blessed by it.  It is so great having friends and family in our home.

Sweet Cranberry Meatballs
(Fix-It and Forget-It)

50 meatballs, about 1 1/2 lbs.
1 cup brown gravy
1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
2 T heavy cream
2 t Dijon mustard

  1. Put meatballs in slow cooker.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients in bowl. Pour over meatballs.
  3. Cover & cook on high 2-3 hours or on low 5-6 hours.

This Christmas has been busy with dance performances.  I think we had 5 in all.  The last of which was last night (Christmas Eve) at our church.  I simmered the turkey soup most of the day.  We ate around 4:30.  Turkey soup became a tradition after my Grandma who was sick with cancer was just too tired to go out or do anything too strenuous for Christmas, so she boiled the Thanksgiving bird and made soup.  This is our 2nd year doing it on our own and it is definitely something we will continue.  Our church held the Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 and then we came home for malts (a tradition started by my great-grandfather).

Today, we were up early.  Grammy came over and we opened presents (one at a time so everyone can enjoy and it lasts just that much longer).  We will head up the mountain here in a bit for lunch/dinner.  We really appreciate not having to cook on Christmas Day.  No dishes to do either!

And we get the Charger game today!  This is the best Christmas ever! LOL!

One thing I will add next year...a hunt for the letters that spell JESUS which will be hidden in the tree and must be found before present-opening.  After all, Jesus is totally the best gift ever!

A happy Jesus birthday to you!

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