The nights are getting colder and winter is finally here, just in time for the holidays! These are the days when tradition and weather combine for some incredible meals and fun times. Gingerbread cookies are one of my favorites - soft, chewy, and just the right amount of sweet. Check out these recipes and traditions below for more special treats and customs.

Ice Skating: our extended family gets together for ice skating at the Plaza and lunch at Fritz’s to celebrate our December birthdays.

Family/Friendship Fruit Salad: each guest brings a piece of fruit to cut for a fruit salad to be served with the meal.

Buñelos: making a great big batch with the family. Great with some hot chocolate!

Bavarian Nut Fudge

Gingerbread Cookies

Party Peppermint Patties