Holiday Traditions

The holidays are fast approaching. It seems like each day that I log into Facebook to see what the world is up to, I see another countdown to Christmas.  Christmas decor has been on the shelves at stores for at least a month now, the chair for Santa at Woodland Hills Mall has been up for a couple of weeks awaiting all of the cute families dress up and ready for photos, and we cannot forget the Hallmark movies!  But before we skip to Christmas, let’s talk about Thanksgiving. A time for us to be with our family, friends, and those that are the most important to us. Some of us love it, some of us dread it, but it’s a time to be thankful for all that we have and what God has blessed us with.  

When I think of time with my family growing up, I think of traditions.  Our traditions seem to be short lived and after a few years they are traded in for another tradition but the memories from each of them are priceless.  For many years we all gathered for Thanksgiving lunch and then we spent the afternoon playing football in the front yard, sifting through all of the Black Friday ads, eating more food before heading off to Utica Square to gather with thousands of other families to sing Christmas carols as we wait for Santa to fly in and talk to the kids.  After that we would go window shopping through Utica Square and then head back home for… you guessed it, more food!  

Traditions change as kids grow up, families move away and grow with kids of their own.  As a young family you start to think about what traditions you want to pass along to your kids as they grow up and the memories we want to leave them with.  So, what are some of your most favorite childhood memories and how have they changed over the years? 

Take time this year to reflect on all of the things you have to be thankful for and all of the ways that God has provided for you.  Love your family and friends and cherish the memories you will get to make with each of them.  Happy Thanksgiving from the team at InVision Realty. 


And of course, here is one of my favorite recipes to use for your special meal this year and to share with those you love.

Cranberry Brie Bites


(8-oz.) tube crescent dough

Cooking spray, for pan

Flour, for surface

(8-oz.) wheel of brie

1/2 c. whole berry cranberry sauce

1/4 c. chopped pecans

sprigs of rosemary, cut into 1″ pieces.

  1. Preheat oven to 375° and grease a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. On a lightly floured surface, roll out crescent dough, and pinch together seams. Cut into 24 squares. Place squares into muffin tin slots.
  2. Cut brie into small pieces and place inside the crescent dough. Top with a spoonful of cranberry sauce, some chopped pecans, and one little sprig of rosemary.
  3. Bake until the crescent pastry is golden, about 15 minutes.