I don't know about you, but the traditions I grew up with sort of made the holidays and time of years and celebrations what they were.
My mom was a big celebrating enthusiast. I don't mean she showered us with tons of money or gifts as we didn't have that to spare. Growing up my parents were both teachers, but she knew how to celebrate and make us feel so special and seen and loved.
One of my favorite holiday traditions that I hope to inspire in our family to keep going for generations to come that my mom did when we were kids was to have wassail on the stove throughout the holidays...once that first cool day came...whether september or october or whenever it was, the first pot of wassail went on the stove and it was a special time to be sure!
Ever since I moved out on my own, I kept the tradition going whether living alone as a single lady, or married with no kids, or caregiving to my paralyzed mom, or married with kids, the wassail is always a staple fall and holiday tradition in our home.
Not only does the aroma carry through the rooms, but it warms the heart and soul as well.
We haven't put our first pot of wassail on the stove yet as I am waiting for the temps to drop below 90 here where we live, but soon, it shall happen!
My entire family gets excited when they walk through and smell it or my husband comes home from work and I have timed it so that it has been simmering for 3-4 hours and it smells glorious.
Yes, put a pot of wassail on the stove, let it simmer for hours, and then enjoy it and celebrate the beauty of fall and all the holidays!!
(yeah, we kind of use this for fall, thanksgiving, christmas, new years, and well you get the picture!)
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