Ah, the holidays. Let’s talk about the holidays. This seems like such a good idea right now, doesn’t it? The holidays comprise Thanksgiving AND Christmas, right? I love and embrace both and I am always trying to make the holidays last as long as possible, so let’s talk about 5 holiday favorites.
1. Vanilla Cinnamon Tea. This tea is a seasonal item from TJs and it’s so good that last year, I made a desperate plea to my friends to check their local stores because my local store ran out and wasn’t going to bring it back until this year. Some lovely friends actually picked up a few boxes and sent them to me and I will be forever grateful that I didn’t have to go 11 months without it.
2. Spritzgebäck (spritz cookies?). It’s a tradition in our family that my Dad does the Christmas baking and for as long as I can remember, he made Spritzgebäck every year. It’s delicious with a cup of coffee or tea and makes me feel nostalgic.
(not my photo (from here), but could have been…!))
3. Speculoos (in German Spekulatius) is a popular spiced shortbread cookie. It’s my absolute favorite cookie in the whole wide world. Hands down. You can grab a box at TJ’s (which seems to have a lot of my favorite holiday treats, come to think of it!).
4. After Eight (Thin Mints) are must for the holidays. It’s not Christmas without some After Eight for me. Of course, there are different variety of mint chocolate thins and I don’t discriminate, but After Eight are my favorite.
5. Gingerbread Coffee (from TJ’s). This one also just comes around during the holidays and I just picked up a can last weekend. So good.
I know, horrible… I just realized, these are all ‘sweet treats’ and I don’t particularly have a sweet tooth. I am a moderator through and through and I usually don’t tend to overeat around the holidays (ok, maybe a little, but never enough to put myself on a diet when the new year hits), but all of these remind me of the holidays and of home. And it’s quite normal to associate sweets with the holidays, right?
What’s your favorite holiday treat?