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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Eve Traditions

To me the holidays just aren't the holidays without family traditions.  When I think of Christmas eve there are three traditions that stick out in my mind.  I can remember as a little kid being just ask excited about Christmas eve as I was for actual Christmas!  Christmas Eve meant spending time with my family, church, delicious food, and the anticipation of Santa.  Even to this day my sister and I set out milk and Cookies for Santa its all apart of the Traditions.

As a young child I could not imagine Christmas Eve without these four things.  Christmas Eve Service, Wild Rice Soup, The Night Before Christmas
 and new PJS!  My mom always makes the most amazing Wild Rice Soup for out Christmas Eve dinner (no questions asked it just what we do), and following our meal my family is all allowed to open one present each, new PJs to wear for Christmas! And despite my dad being a doctor and working Christmas Eve every other year non of our Traditions were ever over looked!  I remember one year going to church, coming home for dinner and my dad immediately leaving for the hospital.  Later that evening my mom drove my sister and I to the ER in our new Christmas PJs stuffed animals and all for my dad to read us The Night Before Christmas.  There is nothing more special or memorable as my dad taking the time at work to partake in a family tradition, its a memory that sticks out in my head!

Today I thought I would share my moms Christmas Eve Wild Rice Soup Recipe:
From The Best of Byerly's-this is by far the best I have had!
makes 7 cups:

6 Tablespoons Margarine
1 Tablespoons Minced Onion
1/2 Cup Flour
2 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
2 Cups Cooked Wild Rice
2 Cups Cubed Cooked Chicken
1/2 Cup Shredded Carrots
1/2 Cup Skim Milk
1/2 Cup Half and Half

How to prepare:
Melt margarine in saucepan; saute onion until tender.
Blend in flour; gradually stir in broth.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil;  boil and stir for 1 minute.  Stir in wild rice, chicken, and carrots.  Simmer about 5 minutes.  Blend in half and half and your milk.  Heat until warm enough to serve.

Enjoy a Wolfe family tradition for our home to yours!


  1. I love christmas traditions too! Such great memories we always would read the night before christmas too, and we still do today :)

  2. Wonderful traditions! We always used to get PJs too. And we always watch Its a Wonderful Life. :)

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Yum!! I love wild rice soup, it's sooo good!! Thanks for the recipe! I'm a new follower :)

  4. I love traditions! We do Christmas pajamas too. We open those an ornament on Christmas eve :)

  5. Yum. Thanks for sharing! My mom's side of the family is Italian and we get together every Christmas Eve to eat and play dirty santa. We make Italian sausage and pizza to eat. I've always loved that it's not the typical Christmas nosh. :)

  6. Love Christmas traditions! Hope you are enjoying the season.

  7. thank you for your sweet comments on my blog! i'm checking out all of your recipes as i type, they look so good!! :)
    - lauren

  8. Christmas eve is my absolute favorite holiday!! I'm of Italian heritage, so we spend an afternoon with family in a big kitchen making homemade pasta and sauce then eating and opening presents. It's wonderful! So I can totally relate to your love of family traditions ;)

    So glad you're a new follower :) welcome!!! I'll catch up more on your blog once I'm back from Europe!

  9. what a sweet memory of Christmas Eve:) That wild rice soup looks amazing, I might have to try that sooner than later. Thanks for the sweet birthday wishes! xo

  10. My Mom gets us new PJ's every year for Christmas too, how funny! She just asked me over Thanksgiving what kind I was thinking of this year. BTW that soup looks great, we might need to add that to our list of traditions!

  11. That soups looks hearty and delicious! Thanks for sharing your family's recipe. xo style, she wrote

  12. Yum, this sounds so delicious! I need to try this recipe asap!

    xx Ivana

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