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I thought I would end the blog giveaways with a bang and give away a $25 gift certificate good toward any item in my Etsy shop, to be redeemed on or before December 31, 2011. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing, just leave a comment about your holiday traditions at the end of this post. I will draw a winner from the comments next Wednesday, November 23rd. You may comment as many times as you like, but only one comment will be entered. If you won last month (sorry, Lois!) you aren't eligible to win this month. If you do not have email enabled on your blog, please include it in your post so I will know how to contact you if you win.
This month, I want to know about your November and December holiday traditions, be they ethnic, cultural, historical or religious. What makes this time of year special for you and your family?
My family are Southern Baptists and we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, with lots of food and fellowship. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, and has special meaning to me because I am descended from Mayflower passengers Isaac Allerton and Richard Warren. That history has been important to us for a long, long time. Thinking of the sacrifices the pilgrims made and how history was changed because of them and their sacrifices gives me the shivers, especially when I think that I would not be here if they had decided to chuck it all and go back to England and Holland.
I also have vegetable duty for both holidays this year. Since I am the acknowledged "Queen of Casseroles," I will be making Hash Brown Casserole, Broccoli Casserole, Squash Casserole and my maternal grandmother's cornbread dressing.
Xan, my sister-in-law, has Salad duty, and I take my life into my hands horning in on her territory, but I think I may also have to risk it to sneak in a 7 Layer Salad, another of my holiday favorites. My sister, Tara and I are the only ones who eat it, as most of my family is on the "no onions" side of the fence. Tara is in charge of dessert, which lucky for us, means one of her towering, made from scratch, 3-layer German Chocolate Cakes. Being a good Southern girl, Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese icing has always been my favorite dessert, but Tara's German Chocolate Cake is absolutely the best cake I have ever eaten. I have dreams about that cake!
However you celebrate this time of year, I wish you all joy and happiness this holiday season, and good health and good fortune in the coming year.