12/8/12

Making Holiday Memories with JOLLY TIME Pop Corn and Habelman Brothers Cranberries


It's the time of year where we, as families, should be slowing down and spending quality time together. Too often, we run full-speed through our daily lives. Our society pushes convenience and instant gratification, so it's nice to see companies like JOLLY TIME Pop Corn and Habelman Brothers Cranberries reaching out to encourage families to make time for meaningful holiday memories.
With just a few simple and inexpensive things, you can create some great memories this Christmas season! We made a batch of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn the old-fashioned way with a bit of oil in a stock pot with three test kernels to let us know when the oil was hot enough, then adding the rest of the kernels and keeping the stock pot moving until all the kernels popped.
 
The best part was the conversation about our childhood memories of making popcorn this way all the time. My husband and I even both remember stringing popcorn for Christmas tree decorations. That led to reminiscing about many of our childhood holiday traditions. We also filled the mason jar with popcorn kernels to share as a gift this year.
After we let the popcorn sit out overnight (with a note taped to the bowl that said "do not eat"), it was time to string the popcorn and cranberries. With a needle and thread, I stuck the first cranberry and tied it off around the berry for extra stability.
I only stabbed myself once as I threaded them in a cranberry, popcorn, popcorn pattern. I also used double thread to make sure it didn't break on me halfway through the garland. We found ourselves snacking on popcorn while we worked.
I've never been a big fan of eating cranberries, but with some encouragement I tried one. Everyone laughed at the funny face I made! It was a lot of fun to spend time together doing something as a family.
Once the garlands were done, there was much discussion about whether they should go inside the house on the Christmas tree or outside the house for the birds to enjoy. We finally decided we'd hang them in both places.
It looks so pretty on the Christmas tree and every time I look at it, I'm reminded of the fun we had making it. I can't remember a single meaningful memory about the plastic red balls I bought at the discount store and hung on the tree.
As I decorated the palm tree out front with our popcorn cranberry garland, I laughed out loud when I realized, "Gee, we had a jolly time." We haven't yet made popcorn balls with the tool that was included in our kit, but over Christmas break when none of us are working or going to school, that will be another fun family memory to make!

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