Baby it's cold outside! Whether it's the polar vortex or just plain old Winter, it's definitely chilly out there. While the weather might not be great for strolling, it's fantastic for making ice candles.
To make, you simply place a bucket (any size you desire, we used 3 gallon buckets) filled with water outside overnight. The next day just turn it over and out slips the ice. It forms a little well where you can place a candle. We make enough to line our front walk. It's a nice natural way to decorate for the season. Ice candles are part of our family tradition, traditions are so important to continue. They connect us to those have gone before us and to those that come after.
Another way to connect to your heritage is to serve foods from your family's background, like these aebelskivers. We like to serve ours with lingonberry sauce and sugar. Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the cultures that make us who we are. When you consider how many different combinations of ethnicities we can have, you can appreciate the uniqueness of each and every one of us. I'm a Heinz-57 myself, a combination of Dutch, German, Swiss, English, French and Norwegian ancestry. What are you?