Holiday Spirits

The tree is up and the lights are on and shining bright. The star is on top and my holiday spirits lifted. Now bring on the cheer!

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Honestly every day is Christmas to me: joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith—and these next two weeks are all about celebrating the people in my life and the delicious holiday food we will make!

When my Boyz were young, I was the WORST at waiting until the actual holiday to give them their gifts. Of course Christmas morning was a big deal, but every day was filled with excitement and anticipation once they were off on winter break. It was Merriment and Love 24/7, so we started the celebrating a little earlier than most… 😍

Hot cocoa with marshmallows was our holiday drink of choice for many years. As the children grew into grown men and we acquired a taste for certain beverages too, we expanded our holiday cheer with some festive gluten free Christmas Cocktails.

A hearty Christmas morning breakfast accompanied by champagne and Peach Cipriani Bellini’s is a family favorite.

I like to keep my mimosas pretty simple, but if you’re looking for a little something more than the traditional OJ and champagne combo, try blending some fresh or frozen berries into your holiday Bellini to make your mornings merry!

For the hors d’oeuvres and aperitif hour, Maker’s Mark is John’s favorite, and Shannon likes a dry red wine. Mark likes Blue Cheese stuffed Olives and Vodka and Doug loves a Whisky Sour.

Woodford Reserve is my choice of course, and this year Christian invented the “Jet Spree” for our annual Christmas Boat Party:

The Woodford Reserve “Jet Spree”

1 1/2 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon  
2 oz. Cranberry juice 
1 oz. Pineapple juice 
1 dash Bitters 
Juice of 1/2 Lime
Candy cane for garnish

Then Christmas dinner is a full-bodied Cabernet.

And if you’re not serving a traditional roast beef or turkey for dinner, here’s a quick and easy rundown for pairing wines with your holiday meals.

You can always look to the Italians to follow a good eating or drinking ritual, so we like to end the day on a high note. A cup of coffee is perfect following a long celebratory meal.

The holidays are soul food for the human spirit! And even though we don’t need the help of spirits to get into the mood, we love raising a glass in celebration of those lovely, soulful gifts we experience every beautiful, grateful day. ❤💚

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” —Charles Dickens