Shared Moments over the Holidays

I don’t think there is any time of year that is better than Fall and Winter. These seasons lend themselves to creating so many memorable moments with friends and family more than any of the others in my opinion. From picking a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch for carving to baking cookies at home with your mom, there are so many opportunities to stop and connect. It’s hard for me to even nail down one moment that is a favorite but one that sticks out right now is decorating the Christmas tree with our kids. There’s nothing like watching their eyes light up when the tree is put in place. Ashley and I always take care of the lights first and then the girls get to load the tree with the ornaments we’ve amassed over the years. Now with having a 1 year old boy around most of the ornaments will hang 3’ and above so he won’t have the opportunity to break any of my favorites.

Growing up we always had the tradition of setting a night to decorate the tree and would have special Christmas cookies to go along with the event. My family was a big fan of eggnog so we would each get our own special Santa mug filled to the brim with nog and topped with nutmeg. The thought of it makes my mouth water. That tradition of egg nog has subsided since I am the only one who fancies it in the my family now so when decorating the tree we eat our cookies with coffee, a much healthier and more popular choice for us. If you haven't tried the Christmas cookies from Trader Joe’s stop what you're doing and go buy some right now. Our favorites are the Gingerbread cookies with white fudge frosting and the Peppermint Joe-joes. And the coffee to go along with those will be our Santa Luzia, Brazil. It’s sweet, juicy and chocolaty and makes a perfect pair for our family tradition. If you want to know how I brew coffee at home check out our other blog post HERE. We are excited to create moments with our friends and family this year and hope you take advantage to do the same.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!