Holiday Traditions

Andy Williams said it the best back in 1963 with his classic holiday song: "It's the most wonderful time of the year. Creating special family traditions for both young and old alike was on the top of my Christmas list this year. So, whether you're 9 or 90, it's never too late to start that new family tradition, which is what we did this year.

First stop...the candy shop.

And do we have a candy shop for you!

Head on over to Lucas Candies in Haverstraw, NY where owners Nick and Deb will give you a sweet lesson on how to make candy canes from scratch. (No modern technology used in this old fashion candy shop!)

Lucas Candies has thought of everything! At the end of your candy cane lesson, you can even mail your letter to Santa. Forgot your letter to Santa? Don't worry, they have postcards for you to write a message to Santa right there in the shop.

Second stop... the market

Snacks, supplies, and gingerbread kits

Grab some cheese, fruit, crackers and your favorite bottle of wine before heading home to start your gingerbread competition. Check out Wilton Cakes ideas, kits, and supplies.

Third and final stop...home

Gingerbread competition

Create a signature drink for your gingerbread competition. Pour a glass of Pinot Grigio. Add a few cranberries, pomegranate seeds, apples and a sprig of rosemary and ta-da. Your signature drink is ready to serve.

For a Winter Sangria, combine the ingredients above in a pitcher and chill for 3-4 hours.

For a non-alcoholic drink substitute non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider for the wine.