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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!