Being a mom with cancer doesn’t mean Christmas traditions have to come to a halt.

Instead, embrace the season, the traditions, and most importantly, your family.

I am sharing with you a cherished tradition my boys and I have each Christmas season.

It is a simple, fun and affordable activity with your kids. Plus, they serve as gifts for teachers, coaches, friends and family.

Sweet!

 

My teenaged boys showing their excitement about being photographed! "Mom, is this for your blog?" the boys ask. "Maybe," I reply. I am really thinking...payback for those times we did not listen to your dear mom!

My teenaged boys showing their excitement about being photographed! “Mom, is this for your blog?” the boys ask. “Maybe,” I reply. I am really thinking…payback for those times we did not listen to your dear mom!

Every year after Thanksgiving, my boys ask when we will make our Christmas Rolo Treats.

Every year before Thanksgiving, I make sure to stock up on jumbo-sized bags of Rolos, Christmas M&M’s and Holiday Pretzels knowing the boys will ask to make them!

My thinking ahead paid-off this year.

The day after Thanksgiving both boys were home and looking for something to do. In our crazy-busy house; this is a rarity! Thank goodness, I was prepared with all the fixins’ for our Rolo treats!

The boys and I started this tradition about 10 years ago. We put on Christmas music, break out the ingredients, and go to work.

We have the “assembly-line” down to an art:

The boys unwrap the Rolos and put them in a bowl.

I get out the cookie trays, parchment paper, and the pretzels.

While the boys are unwrapping the Rolos, I am busy arranging the pretzels on the parchment paper on the cookie sheets.

The boys always have to taste the Rolos and M&M’s to make sure they are “good!” 🙂

This has become a precious time of laughter, reminiscing and singing along to Christmas Carols. What more more could an Amazing Mom ask for with her teenaged sons!

 

My boys love this part...sampling!

My boys love this part…sampling!

 

Ingredients

3 large bags of Rolos

2 large bags of Christmas M&M’s (green and red)

1 bag of Holiday Pretzels (My grocer did not carry them. I requested them and they carry them every year now!)

Parchment paper

Cookie Trays

Christmas Music

Laughter and Fun

 

Pack up and put away in a cool place until Christmas.

Pack up and put away in a cool place until Christmas.

 

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Place parchment paper on cookie sheets

Arrange pretzels on parchment paper

Put Rolos on top of pretzels

Heat in oven for 5 minutes

Remove from oven

Place M&M on top of Rolo

Find a cool place (Pays off to live in Minnesota! The pans go in the garage to freeze for about an hour)

When cold, remove from cookie sheet

Place in tins or containers for gifts

Save time and wrap up a tray or two for your Christmas and to bring to a Christmas Party

 

Remember to sample! That’s the best part according to my boys…besides hanging out with their Amazing Mom, of course!

Preparing gifts for teachers, coaches, family and friends.

Preparing gifts for teachers, coaches, family and friends.

 

May this cherished and much-loved Christmas tradition become a new one in your house-hold!

This is a simple, yet, wonderful way to bond with your children during a time that may seem a bit off with a cancer diagnosis. Cancer, however, does not have to hold you back from enjoying the holiday season!

Embrace this festive tradition and your children!

And, remember the reason for the season…

 

Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year to Amazing Moms, Friends, and Family!

We are so blessed!

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