A new family tradition we look forward to every year
I love sharing the traditions that have helped make our house feel like home. Traditions that are handed down through generations, as well as others that are born out of a spontaneous burst of creativity. This particular tradition is a family favorite and one I started when my daughters were toddlers.
The inspiration for this heartwarming tradition comes from Germany, one of my favorite places to visit! (See our post Germany Window Landscape for details on my last visit!)
Picture this… each year, one lucky family member is handpicked to receive a special gift. The catch? No one knows who I choose to receive the gift! The guessing game kicks off the moment that beautifully wrapped package finds its home under the tree.
Here is how our tradition works….
Choosing the Chosen One
Once the lucky recipient is secretly selected, I begin searching to find something extra special just for them – something sentimental that will spark joy for years to come. The suspense begins, and trust me, the guessing game is real!
Tagging Along the Fun
With the gift wrapped up in festive paper, I create a personalized gift tag for each family member. These tags aren't your average labels; they're infused with funny stories or heartfelt admiration, dropping hints about the theme of the gift. The tags stack up on top of the gift, adding to the excitement building up under the tree.
The Big Reveal
After the chaos of unwrapping our other presents settles, it's time for the grand finale. Picture us in a cozy circle, passing the special gift around like a hot potato. Each family member reads aloud the message on their tag until we reach the grand finale – the lucky soul whose name tops the gift itself.
This quickly became everyone's favorite part of our Christmas gathering and we still look forward to it every year. What warms my heart even more is to see my family save their messages year after year, for those moments when they need a little extra love in their day.
And now here is one of our favorite holiday treats that we love to make and share…
Mom’s Bon Bon’s
Bon Bon Ingredients
- 1 pound or 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 can Eagle sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup melted margarine
- 14 oz. flaked sweetened coconut (I use Bakers as it has the best flavor and is moist)
- 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
Chocolate Coating Ingredients:
- 12 oz chocolate chips
- 1/2 stick of paraffin wax
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Mix all ingredients together, and chill for 1 hour or more. Make into balls and cover with chocolate coating mixture
- Combine all chocolate coating ingredients into a medium sauce pan and melt until smooth.
- After melting the chocolate mixture, insert toothpicks into balls and dip into chocolate mixture.
- Put on wax paper to cool.