It’s a blessed time of year full of celebrations, traditions, and generosity that abounds. There are oodles of great posts out there about the holidays: recipes, traditions, crafts, memories, photos, fashion tips, gift guides, and more! I think that if there is anything you need to know to prepare for the holidays, bloggers have it covered!
Hanukkah began last night and continues until sundown on December 28th. Over at Mom It Forward, Esti provides a brief history of Hanukkah along with suggestions for teaching it’s meaning and celebrating it with your children. If you live the NYC area, Holly from Culture Mom has a round-up of Hanukkah activities going on throughout the holiday. Hanukkah has traditional foods associated with it but it you want to try something a little different, Party Bluprints shares a recipe from Hershey for making a brownie shaped like a dreidel!
The holidays offer much in the way of blog fodder. Conversations overheard, things kids say, and lots and lots of photo opportunities! We always love Vodka Mom’s stories from the trenches of teaching young school children and raising her own kids. This story, which starts off as a memoir from her own childhood, had me giggling by the end. Molly from Stilettos & Diapers catches us up on her family’s holiday so far through photos. One favorite aspect of this time of year is the arrival of holiday cards from friends and family. Allison of Petit elefant shares her family’s holiday card with us.
High on everyone’s list of favorites when it comes to celebrating the holidays is food! Sweets seem to be the most popular and these bloggers know how to get everyone’s attention.
- Susan of Doughmesstic has a round-up of her own recipes that make great holiday treats and gifts.
- Caroline from Chocolate and Carrots has been making biscotti! Here’s her Pecan cranberry biscotti recipe and be sure to check her site for the others (like chocolate biscotti) that she has posted.
- Offering a bit of sweet & savory, Bridget from Bake at 350 shows us how to spice up pecans for gifting or snacking.
- Crystal from Simply Being Mommy found a way to make her Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies a bit more festive!
This time of year brings out the craftiness in even the most glue gun challenged. Whether you’re decorating gingerbread houses – Lisa has a fun round-up of amazing gingerbread houses, or wrapping gifts – Teri shows us how to make it personal, there are many opportunities for you to stretch your creative muscles.
More Ways to Celebrate
- Creative Christmas Date Ideas – slow down and snuggle up with your honey during this hectic season.
- Taste Test Cookies for Santa – love this idea from Today’s Mama for a simple, fun holiday get together!
- Glam up your nails for the holidays. Carleen shows us the hottest nail polish colors this Christmas.
- If you’re looking for ways to teach your kids about other cultures, there’s a great article over at BlogHer with excellent suggestions for mulitcultural gifts that can be given during Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
Finally, it’s the event we look forward to every year: Neil Kramer’s Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert! We enjoyed seeing what some O2O friends and members had to contribute to the concert this year!
What have you been up to so far this holiday season? Have a post to share? Link it up here!