December 24, 2013


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One of my favorite things about holidays are the traditions we have. Whether it's Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, or St Patrick's Day, there is always something we look forward to that we just don't do during the rest of the year. Or if we do, it's really weird and just different.

I love Christmas because this is when tradition is super prevalent in my house. Decorating the tree, making my mom wait until I go to bed on Christmas Eve to put presents under the tree, and baking cookies are some of my favorite things that we do, and it continues to be special year after year.

But this year we're adding a new tradition, and that would be glühwein! It's a hot mulled wine that's offered in Christmas markets around Europe, and being that I follow a lot of European bloggers I have read many posts about this drink. After the 30th post I knew I just needed to try it for myself. Thankfully, Casey, from We Took the Road Less Traveled, posted a recipe for this lovely little concoction, and I actually went to the store, bought the ingredients, and made it in my kitchen. And y'all, it's so good! My mom and I are obsessed. I can only imagine how much better it is while wandering through a German Christmas market in the cold.

I will be making a couple modifications to Casey's recipe though. I didn't use cardamom pods because Publix didn't have any, but I'm not sure if I ever will because I thought it tasted fine without. I also thought it was a little sweet so next time I'll probably only use three tablespoons of sugar instead of four. My mom likes it really sweet, but it's a little too much for me. And if you're interested in trying glühwein for yourself, which you should, definitely go check out Casey's recipe and see what all the fuss is about. I promise it's delicious.

Also, Merry Christmas Eve! And I'll just go ahead and say it for tomorrow, Merry Christmas!! I hope you all enjoy these days with your families!

What traditions do your families have for the holidays?
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1 comment:

  1. This looks so good ! I actually had Thanksgiving with some German kid once and I'm pretty sure he made this wine .. if it's the same one I'm thinking about then I'm sure it's delicious !!