Real Fresh, Real Delicious Popcorn Three Ways – A Perfect Holiday Gift to Make with Kids
Popcorn is the perfect snackable, giftable food with a million possible variations. Kids adore it, and it’s a fun a memorable food to make together during the holidays. When my kids spot the popcorn maker, they always get excited to watch the kernels pop, and they always sneak a few kernels from the bowl before there are even any toppings. Butter and salt and of course our easy default choices, but I’ve been known to put a few fancy spins on popcorn that can make it into a dessert or an awesome savory snack. My kids never even suspect that I’m happy for them to dig into some popcorn, since it’s a great source of fiber. Even better, popcorn can be packed up into cute little airtight containers or bags, and it makes a wonderful holiday gift that’s easy to make in a big batch. You can even add a few festive holiday-colored sprinkles to sweet versions to make it look like a million bucks too.
 
Ready for all things popcorn this season?  Try a few of our family favorite recipes that are easy for kids and so delicious you’ll be fighting over the popcorn bowl.
Savory Cajun-Spiced Popcorn in front of a Christmas Tree

Savory Cajun-Spiced Popcorn

Ingredients
      • 12 cups plain popcorn (about 2/3 cup kernels unpopped)
      • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
      • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
      • ½ teaspoon paprika
      • ½ teaspoon cumin
      • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves)
      • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper or black pepper
      • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      • Salt to taste
Directions
      • Spread popcorn on a large sheet pan. 
      • Drizzle with olive oil. 
      • Mix all spices together in a small bowl and sprinkle over popcorn. 
      • Season with salt to taste. 
      • Toss to combine and serve.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Drizzle Popcorn

Ingredients
      • 12 cups plain popcorn (about 2/3 cup kernels unpopped)
      • 2/3 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet or milk chocolate
      • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or other neutral tasting cooking oil
      • 2/3 cup no-stir peanut butter (creamy or crunchy, as desired)
Directions
      • Spread popped popcorn out on a large sheet pan.
      • Warm chocolate chips and oil in a microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute on 50% power.
      • Stir and then warm for an additional 15-30 seconds at a time at 50% power, stirring after each time, until chocolate chips are fully melted.
      • Drizzle chocolate over popcorn with a spoon.
      • Warm peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl until warm enough to drizzle, about 30-60 seconds. Drizzle peanut butter over popcorn.
      • Allow chocolate and peanut butter to cool enough to harden (can be done in the refrigerator), and enjoy!

Cookie Butter Popcorn

Cookie Butter Popcorn

Ingredients
      • 12 cups plain popcorn (about 2/3 cup kernels unpopped)
      • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
      • 2/3 cup Biscoff cookie butter
      • Optional:  Sprinkles for decoration
Directions
      • Spread popped popcorn out on a large sheet pan.
      • Warm white chocolate chips and cookie butter in a microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute on 50% power.
      • Stir and then warm for an additional 15-30 seconds at a time at 50% power, stirring after each time, until mixture is fully melted.
      • Drizzle mixture over popcorn with a spoon.
      • Add sprinkles as desired.
      • Allow topping to cool enough to harden (can be done in the refrigerator), and enjoy! 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your real fresh, real delicious ingredients!

Angela Larson

Angela Larson is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods.  Delicious food is her passion, so she loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of health and nutrition.  When Angela isn't working with Brookshire Brothers, she's a mostly stay-at-home mom who loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors with her husband, Austin, and their two daughters.

 

 

 

Spread Holiday Magic with Magic Reindeer Food
Oh deer! What a magical time of year! We've crafted this Magic Reindeer Food for the kids that is sure to keep Santa's reindeer happy while Santa delivers gifts this Christmas. Be sure to follow the recipe below and put some outside on Christmas Eve!
Magic Reindeer Food

Magic Reindeer Food

Magic Reindeer Food Supplies
Supplies
For a single bag:
      • 1/4 cup of Food Club Old Fashioned Oats
      • 1 tsp each of red and green Betty Crocker Decorating Decors
For a bulk amount:
      • Food Club Old Fashioned Oats (42 oz can)
      • 2 each bottles of each of red and greenBetty Crocker Decorating Decors (2.25 oz)
      • Small cellophane bags
      • Stickers to seal bags
      • Printed poem to staple to the front (we've got a handy printable poem sheet here!)
 Directions
Single bags:
  • Mix oats and red and green decorating decors in cellophane bag for Chrstmas eve.
Bulk amount:
  • In a large bowl mix the entire can of oats and all four bottles of Decorating Decors. The Decorating Decors like to settle so use hands to mix them well.
  • With a 1/4 cup distribute mixture into cellophane bags and seal with a sticker and staple the poem to the front for distribution.
These are super fun and the kids will love to sprinkle them in the yard for the reindeer to enjoy while Santa delivers their gifts!
 

And for some extra fun this Christmas holiday season, the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Musical at the Angelina Arts Alliance on Friday, December 13 at 7pm. Take the family and your favorite holiday special live on stage!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Musical

Get your tickets today!

 

DIY Hot Chocolate Buddy
Keep the kiddos occupied this winter break with this fun & edible craft. A Hot Chocolate Buddy is the perfect treat while you binge watch your favorite Christmas movies, and make your hot cocoa EVEN MORE delicious. So make your hot cocoa a "sweet" companion and enjoy this simple Christmas treat!
DIY Hot Chocolate Buddy

DIY Hot Chocolate Buddy

Supplies
      • Large marshmallows
      • 4 inch toothpicks
      • Pretzel sticks
      • Candy Corn
      • Decorating Gel
Directions
      • Start by placing a toothpick through center of one marshmallow, leave enough room on both ends for the head and bottom.
      • Place a marshmallow on both ends of the toothpicks.
      • Use a second toothpick to make holes for the nose, arms and legs.
      • Place a piece of candy corn in the nose hole. 
      • Bite off the ends of 4 pretzel sticks for the arms and legs (pretzel sticks are a little bit too long for the arms and legs otherwise).
      • Use the decorating gel to draw the mouth, eyes and three buttons down the front of the snowman.
      • Serve with hot cocoa and enjoy!
*Be sure to let small children know about the toothpick in the center.
 
And for even more savings check out this deal on Food Club Hot Chocolate, Food Club Marshmallows and Simply Done Foam Cups:
Food Club Hot Chocolate Deal
Get all of your Christmas grocery and edible craft needs at your local Brookshire Brothers store!
 
Mrs. Lynne's Famous Holiday Party Punch
This holiday, we are delighted to feature Mrs. Lynne Haney with Lufkin Coca-Cola and her famous Holiday Party Punch. Simple to make and spectacular to taste, this punch is everything you and your favorite folks needs for a holiday get-together. Trust us, you'll be thanking Mrs. Lynne later!
 
Lufkin Coca-Cola has always been one of our favorite companies to collaborate with because our stories and values have grown from the same rich Texas roots. We both began as family-owned companies in the early 1900’s and care deeply about our local communities. What an honor it is to live and work alongside another local business always seeking better growth for our community!
 
Mrs. Lynne Haney stirring a bowl of her famous holiday punch
 
And oh by golly, DON'T FORGET: The deals are coming down like confetti this week, one of which is PERFECT for this recipe! Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper products (2 liter bottles) are $0.88,* now through January 1.** THAT'S RIGHT, you better check your RSVP list twice—you might need to double down on this great deal!! 
 
*When you buy 5
**Offer valid at these participating stores: Groveton, Trinity, Apple Springs, Corrigan, Diboll, Huntington, Pollok, Wells, Zavalla, Livingston, Onalaska, and all Lufkin locations.
 
Two litter bottles of Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Sprite with the Christmas punch in the background.
 

Mrs. Lynne's Famous Holiday Party Punch

This recipe is wonderful for any occasion but we especially love it during the holidays! So easy, so yummy, such a great compliment to your holiday party!
 
All the ingredients needed for the Christmas party punch recipe sitting on a kitchen counter.
 
INGREDIENTS
    • One 2 liter bottle of Sprite, chilled
    • One 2 liter bottle of Ginger Ale, chilled
    • 25 ounces (one bottle) Sparkling Cider, chilled
    • 12 ounces Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate, slightly thawed
    • 64 ounces (one bottle) Cranberry Juice, chilled
    • Fresh Cranberries 
A shot of Mrs. Lynne adding ingredients to her punch
DIRECTIONS
Combine all ingredients together, stir… and serve! ENJOY!
 
PRO TIPS
  • Serves approximately 35 one-cup servings. Depending on party size, you may want to double or triple the recipe. When determining amount to make, take into consideration the size of your cups, and keep in mind that guests may want seconds (or even thirds).
  • If you would like your party punch to have a little more “punch”, add champagne!
 
 
 
Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas

Real Fresh, Real Delicious: Roast Chicken

 
Looking for a Christmas dinner that’s a little different from the traditional fare but just as special and delicious? Try a variation of one of my go-to nutritious dishes—roast chicken and potatoes! This meal is even better when it’s prepped a day ahead, which can ease some of your stress with all the holiday hustle and bustle. When it’s chow time, all you have to do is throw the feast in the oven and spend some time with the ones you love. The instructions are the same for each recipe, so pick the variation that suits your holiday mood, fix up the marinade, prep the chicken (up to a day in advance), and let the oven do all the hard work. Easy, healthy, and satisfying!
 
Roast chicken with vegetables and sauce on a festive plate setting. 
For a bigger crowd, this recipe can be easily doubled with the chickens placed side by side on the same large sheet pan. While the chicken is resting after coming out of the oven, I like to work on a family-favorite all-purpose side dish: roasted cauliflower. Quick and simple, all this takes is fresh or frozen cauliflower pieces plus a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. I put the veggies in the oven to roast at 475℉ for 20-25 minutes until the tips are caramelized and golden brown. And that’s it! Dinner is served.
 
Cheers to real fresh, real delicious food with the ones you love! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 
A shot looking down on a plate of roast chicken with vegetables and a green sauce, plated in a festive way.
 
DIRECTIONS FOR ALL VARIATIONS
  1. Combine all ingredients except chicken and potatoes in a food processor or blender and blend, scraping down sides as needed, until a thin paste forms, about 30 seconds.  
  2. Cut out chicken's backbone with a sharp knife or kitchen shears and open the chicken out flat with skin side up. With your palm, firmly press down the breast area to flatten (you should hear a snap when the breast bone breaks).  Stuff most of the herb paste under skin (separate skin from meat gently with a spoon if needed), and spread remaining marinade all over the rest of the chicken (the easiest way to do this is in a casserole dish). Cover casserole dish and place in the refrigerator to marinate until ready to cook, up to 24 hours. The longer marinade time will make a more flavorful dish.
  3. When ready to begin cooking, adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 400F. Scatter potatoes evenly on a sheet pan. Sprinkle potatoes evenly with salt pepper to taste. Place chicken, skin side up, on top of potatoes.  Pour any excess marinade from chicken over potatoes. Roast 70-90 minutes until the thigh meat reaches 175℉ on an instant read thermometer and the juices run clear.  Check potatoes about halfway through cooking; if pan is dry, add 1/2 cup of water.  
  4. Allow chicken to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving. Serve with potatoes and pan juices on the side.  
 

Mediterranean Roast Chicken with Green Olives, Fennel Seeds, and Thyme

 
A pan of roasting potatoes next to a bowl of mixed ingredients.
Adapted from The Perfectly Roasted Chicken by Mindy Fox
 
INGREDIENTS
1 3½ to 4 pound chicken
3 lbs red or gold potatoes, washed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
 
For the marinade:
1 cup pitted green olives
2 Tbs dried thyme
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbs kosher salt (or 1 Tbs table salt)
 
Follow directions above.
 
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on the ingredients!
 

Peruvian Roast Chicken with Cilantro and Jalapeno Sauce

A roast chicken fresh out of oven, surrounded by potatoes and marinade  
INGREDIENTS
1 3½ to 4 pound chicken
3 lbs red or gold potatoes, washed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
 
For the marinade:
3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
6 garlic cloves, peeled
1 Tbs ground black pepper
1 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs ground cumin
3 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
1 Tbs dried oregano
2 ½ tsp fresh lime zest
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 habanero chile, seeds and ribs removed (use gloves when handling)
1 red bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed and chopped coarse
2 Tbs kosher salt (or 1 Tbs table salt)
 
Follow directions above.
 
 

Cilantro and Jalapeno Sauce

A food blender full of a green sauce.
 
Ingredients
¾ cup mayonnaise
¼ sour cream
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 Tbs fresh lime juice
½ cup jarred pickled jalapenos (mild variety is best)
2 tsp pickled jalapeno juice
1 medium bunch cilantro leaves and tender stems (use entire bunch)
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tsp yellow mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt (or ½ teaspoon of kosher salt)
 
Instructions for sauce:

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender for about 1 minute until all ingredients are smooth and well blended. Taste to adjust seasoning. Serve with Peruvian chicken.

  


Balsamic Roast Chicken and Potatoes

A seasoned roasting chicken with a pan of roasting potatoes in the background 
Adapted from The Italian Country Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper
 
INGREDIENTS
1 3½ to 4 pound chicken
3 lbs red or gold potatoes, washed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
For the marinade:
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped coarse
6 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 tightly packed cup of fresh basil leaves
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
6 slices of bacon or pancetta, chopped
1/2 cup high quality balsamic vinegar (thicker, well-aged varieties are best)
2 Tbs kosher salt (or 1 Tbs table salt)
 
Follow directions above.
 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all holiday needs! 
 

 
Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Real Fresh, Real Delicious: Harvest Muffins
Looking for the perfect homemade gift that is sure to make the season merry, bright, AND delicious? Try gifting scrumptious and moist muffins that are freezer friendly for a quick breakfast or a perfect pairing with a cup of coffee for chilly mornings. Muffins are the perfectly portable crowd-pleasing present.
 
Banana nut muffins are one of my favorite varieties, but for something a little extra special, try this recipe for Harvest Muffins that have a delicious and nutritious secret—they are sweetened with sweet potato instead of any added sugars! Sweet potato adds natural sweetness and extra nutrition in every bite. I hope you make a double batch for you and as a gift to a loved one this holiday season! Merry Christmas!!
 
Need more ideas? Give the gift of food with these five fun and easy suggestions featured last Christmas! 
 

Harvest Muffins

(Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen)

Several delicious looking muffins cooling on a rack
Bringing Baking Back: Make memories in the kitchen this holiday season with recipes, savings, and more! 
 
INGREDIENTS
    • 1¼ cups dried cranberries or cherries
    • ¾ cup pecans, toasted and chopped fine
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • ¾ cup apple cider
    • 2/3 cup buttermilk
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • ¼ teaspoon grated orange zest
    • 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
    • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
    • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • ½ teaspoon table salt
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 ¼ cups peeled and shredded sweet potato (about 1 small potato)
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on the ingredients!
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12-cup muffin tin with parchment liners or grease well. Finely chop ¼ cup cranberries and combine with ¼ cup toasted pecans. Set aside for topping.
  2. Melt butter in a 10-inch stainless skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to turn golden brown, about 2 minutes.Cook, stirring pan constantly until has a nutty aroma and is dark golden brown, another 1 minute or so.Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Whisk apple cider, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and orange zest into the browned butter until smooth. In a separate large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and cloves together. Using rubber spatula, stir the butter mixture until combined.Fold in sweet potato and remaining 1 cup cranberries and remaining ½ cup pecans.
  4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups and sprinkle with reserved topping mixture.Bake 18-20 minutes until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out with a few moist crumbs attached but no wet batter.Rotate muffin tin halfway through baking.
  5. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes before turning them out of muffin tin and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.Serve.
 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all holiday needs! 
 

 
Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
 
 
 
Give the Gift of Food: 5 Fun & Easy Ideas

Children Exchanging Gifts

‘Tis the season of giving… but that can add up pretty quickly if you’re shopping for friends, family, coworkers, cousins, neighbors, and more! Don’t stress. One gift that’s quick, easy, and cheap while still being thoughtfully creative is FOOD. Here’s a list of fun and simple ideas for edible gifts you can do without breaking the bank:

GO NUTS
Fill quart-sized mason jars with different types of nuts and dried fruits as a beautiful and nutritious gift of trail mix. Try alternating layers of shelled pistachios with dried cranberries for a festive red-green treat that is sure to satisfy.  Top with a piece of red or green construction paper, a piece of twine, and a gift tag to complete the presentation.

Find a nearby Brookshire Brothers to pick up any ingredients you don't already have on hand!

 ALL BARK AND TASTY BITES
Chocolate bark is one of the easiest confections, and you can go as far as the North Pole in terms of flavor combinations! Just melt your favorite baking chocolate according to the package instructions, spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, add mix-ins and toppings, and then refrigerate until hardened. One of my favorite colorful holiday combinations is white chocolate, crushed peppermints, and unsalted pistachios or pumpkin seeds. S’more bark is another fun take: chocolate + marshmallows + pieces of graham crackers + pecans = YUM.

EVERYONE LOVES BANANA BREAD
Banana Nut Bread is always a classic, plus it’s a great source of potassium and B vitamin! Check out my recipe for the best banana nut bread ever, which can easily be made into mini-loaves or muffins for easy distribution. Your friends and family will surely appreciate your loaves of love.

INFUSE OLIVE OIL WITH ROSEMARY
Olive oil is a unique gift with a bright shining halo of health in the world of nutrition. You can personalize the gift buy infusing it with rosemary. If time allows, you can easily personalize the gift by infusing the olive oil with rosemary. Dry whole sprigs of fresh rosemary by placing washed sprigs on a baking sheet. Put it in the oven for 2 - 4 hours on the lowest temperature setting. When the rosemary sprigs are brittle and have cooled, add to a bottle with your favorite extra virgin olive oil and allow it to infuse for a week or up to several months. Gift the oil for dipping with your favorite Brookshire Brothers artisan bakery bread. #BestNeighborEVER

For more on the health benefits of olive oil (as well as a recipe for an Easy Caprese Salad), read my ode here!

WARM UP WITH HOMEMADE SOUP
Share your Christmas spirit by the spoonful when you save your loved ones meal prep time with homemade soup! Fix your favorite wintertime soup, separate it into mason jars to distribute, and add a tag with freezing and re-heating instructions for a personal touch. This gift is delicious and easy to freeze if your friends/family want to save it for later. One of my favorites to share is winter squash soup—get the recipe here!

May your holidays be filled with delicious treats and special memories.  Merry Christmas!  

 

 
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
 
 
Holiday Centerpieces You'll Love

The sounds and smells of the season have you feeling festive, but is something missing? Maybe your decorations are a little light this year, or you want to change them up. Let us help you bring the cheer indoors with our ideas of the best holiday centerpieces!

For the DIY Diva

If you’re the type who is crafty, artsy, and likes using your creative flair, this is for you! Head to your local Brookshire Brothers Floral Department and grab your favorite single stem flowers. As a DIY Diva, we’re sure you have a vase around your craft closet somewhere that you can use. Fluff up your centerpiece by adding some ornaments, candles, paper snowflakes, doilies or draped fabric to create a fun and simple table-scape.

For the Holiday Hostess

Yes, you love the holidays and parties. But, do you find yourself wanting to change decorations for each party you host? You may be a DIY Diva at heart, but sometimes, even the best run out of ideas. We’re here to give your next celebration the boost it needs! Our florists are pros at Seasonal Arrangements and have exactly what you need. Go by your Floral Department and speak to the florist to brainstorm. We know that between the two, the centerpiece will transform into the center of the party.

For the Maxed-Out-Mama

Between making your list for perfect presents, shopping for those hard-to-find presents, wrapping said perfect presents, you’re likely to be wiped out come Christmas Day. Although you’ve thought long and hard on each gift, we don’t want you to miss out on the best part of the entire Christmas Season: giving gifts and watching your loved ones’ reactions. Swing in and browse the broad selection of Gifts and Gift Baskets we have! You’re only limited by your imagination when selecting the perfect gift at your local Brookshire Brothers Floral Department.

Holiday Traditions

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it seems like our December calendar is filling up quickly! Between Christmas parties, school programs, Secret Santa drawings, parades, bake sales, and gift-buying, when do you have time to start a tradition? We’ve asked our employee partners to share their favorite Holiday Traditions, and we hope you’ll feel inspired to continue or start a new tradition of your own. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

                                          

Our family participates in the annual Lufkin Community Food Drive every year. It’s something my girls, both now in college, look forward to every year. We help box the food, deliver it…the whole nine yards. I’m so glad we’re able to do it as a family each year.”
                                                                         Sally Alvis, Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations

 

“Sharing the holiday with family is tradition enough, but we do have a few things we look forward to each year. My wife and I pick out the ugliest Christmas ornaments we can find and hang it on the tree. We’ve gotten so many now and it’s so fun decorating the tree and retelling all the stories. We also attend a Christmas candlelight service at our church every year."
                                                                                                        Doug Barnett, Marketing and Procurement

 

“We have a few traditions in our house – We always have a Lego Advent calendar and we take turns who builds the item for the day, attend the midnight Mass on Christmas morning, and have a nativity scene that we do not complete until Christmas morning when we place baby Jesus in the manger. We also cook sausage balls, empanadas (fried meat pies) and banana pudding along with getting a 6-pack of glass coke bottles because it is essential to our Christmas celebration!”
                                                                         Corry Lankford, Graphic Designer/Store Signage Coordinator

 

“Our family traditions are long-standing and long-winded! Just to name a few, we take an annual Girls Christmas Shopping Trip, with my extended family, the first weekend of December. We try to knock out as many gifts as we can, while spending some much needed time together. With my husband and kids, we get into the Christmas spirit when we decorate our tree with themed ornaments from every year while listening to Christmas music. Finally, making Christmas candy is always a fun tradition with my mom and sisters.”
                                                                                             Angela Gandy, Digital Media Associate/Copywriter

 

“The Lowther family always watches National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Christmas Eve, helps Mom make fudge and pumpkin bread, gets commemorative Christmas ornaments for each year, and eats Mexican food on Christmas Day.”
                                                                                                          Adam Lowther, Public Relations Associate


Get great recipe ideas here to start your own tradition this Holiday Season!

Las Posadas

As the holiday season is nearing, we are encouraging our customers and employees to share their traditions. We hope you enjoy the tradition of Las Posadas and encourage your family to participate with us this year!

The Tradition of Las Posadas

The Mexican Posadas is a 9-day Mexican Christmas celebration to recreate the journey that Mary and Joseph took traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem looking for a warm place to give birth. During the journey, Mary and Joseph are turned away by many but finally come to a home that lets them in. However, in Hispanic cultures, the recreation of the journey is represented by those who attend the Posadas and ask for a 'welcoming' via songs. Traditionally, most begin singing further away from the home and are turned down until they reach the front home. After entering the home, one of the most important things in the celebration is the food that brings people together. Enjoy tamales, empanadas, and all traditional hispanic dishes.

Join us in the celebration of Las Posadas and tell us your Posadas turned out!

Posada Song

           Outside:                                            Inside:
In the name of Heaven                   This is not an inn
I beg you for lodging,                        so keep going.
for she cannot walk                           I cannot open
my beloved wife.                           you may be a rogue.

         Outside:                                              Inside:
We are worn out                      I don't care about your name.
coming from Nazareth.                     Let me sleep,
I am a carpenter,                       because I already told you
Joseph by name.                          we shall not open up.

         Outside:                                              Inside:
My wife is Mary                                  Are you Joseph?
She's the Queen of Heaven          Your wife is Mary?
and she's going to be a mother     Enter, pilgrims.
of the Divine Word.                   I did not recognize you.

          Outside:                                              Inside:
May God pay, gentle folks,           Blessed is the house
your charity,                                    that shelters this day
and thus heaven heap                        the pure Virgin,
happiness upon you.                        the beautiful Mary.

Outside and Inside Sing together:

Enter, holy pilgrims, holy pilgrims, receive this corner, for though this dwelling is poor, I offer it with all my heart.

 

To find a great Red Chili Pork Tamale Recipe, click here

                        

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