Holiday Traditions

Thanks to Collective Bias, Inc. and Glade® for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. #Collectivebias #Gladeholidaymood

I am about to be 23 years old, and I want to say that it wasn’t until this year that I began to embrace my Colombian culture. Growing up, moving a lot, and never being close to non-immidiate family, I didn’t learn to appreciate the culture that I belong to. That, and being raised in the South, I also picked up some of that culture, which was more familiar and closer in reach.
But something about this year, and all of the experiences I’ve had, especially traveling experiences, has allowed me to embrace a new in-depth love and appreciation for my roots.

That type of nostalgia hits home around this time, and being that I just came back from Colombia, I began to think about our Christmas traditions.
One that I became particularly nostalgic over, and missed a lot, was “Novenas.” For 9 days leading up to Christmas, we have a house party where we gather with friends and family to celebrate the coming of Christmas. We eat natilla (similar to caramel flan)  and bunelos (fried balls of cheese and dough), sing “villancicos” which are our Christmas carols, and we tell the story of Jesus’ birth. Finally on Christmas Eve, the day of the last Novena, we collect toys to give to kids in need who are invited that night to receive a meal and a toy. The spirit of these nine days is so joyful, cheerful, blissful, generous and fun that I am surprised that it didn’t hit me how much I miss that until now.
It got me thinking that although I wish to spend every Christmas with my family in Colombia, I’d also like to have some of my own traditions.

Glade® candle purchased in Publix

This year, I’m already planning on doing “12 Days of Christmas,” which I’m not entirely sure what it consists of, except for the song, so I will abide by that. Not only do I want to exchange little gifts, but I plan on doing something to exchange those gifts. The idea being to take some time every one of those days to celebrate the spirit of joy and generosity that Christmas brings. On one of the days, baking will be involved, and I got my inspiration from this Frosted Cookie Party™ candle.

For one of the 12 days of my Christmas celebration, I’m going to bake sugar cookies with sprinkles, have my Glade® candle burning, a glass of wine, and watch every Christmas episode of my favorite shows. I am particularly fond of Gossip Girl’s Christmas episodes.  Do you guys have any new traditions you are implementing this year?

I’ll be using this simple sugar cookie recipe:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups margarine
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup white sugar for decoration

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until just blended. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and roll the balls in remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets and flatten slightly.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned at the edges. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  1. Whaaat!!! I never knew you were 22!!
    During christmas season I like to bake a lot. and listen to soft music :)
    Xo, Belen
    A Hint of Life

  2. Yumm!! They look delish:)


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