Life in the Lost World

the continuing saga of an opinionated vegan mom blogger and her zoo crew….

   Dec 08

Making old holiday traditions new again with Jolly Time Popcorn and Habelman Cranberries!

What are the holidays without traditions?

If one family knows this answer best, it’s the Smith’s. The Smith family owns JOLLY TIME Pop Corn, an Iowan brand that has been handing down the American tradition of popcorn making for almost 100 years.

JOLLY TIME Pop Corn has banded together with another centenarian, family-owned business, Habelman Cranberry, to help you pass along a holiday tradition so antiquated that it began when there weren’t lights to put on trees: Stringing cranberry popcorn garlands. Festive and family-friendly, this beautiful craft will be sure to bring together the people who make it, as well as those you gift it to.

In the hustle and bustle of every day life, particularly around the holidays, busyness tends to get the upper hand, especially when you’re raising a young family. I don’t know about you, but when my kids were little, I became so intent on creating my own family traditions, that some of the ones I was raised with fell by the wayside.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my childhood recently, and the things my own mother did for my siblings and I. Some, I still vow NEVER to put my kids through, but others? Frankly, I find that I’m missing them a bit.

I’m sure it was to preserve her own sanity (and sense of style) but growing up, we always had two Christmas tress in our home. One for her (very formal) living room and one in the family room for us kids. The closest any of us kids got to her tree was standing in the doorway between the dining room and living room to ohhhh and ahhhhh from a distance. “Her” tree was beautiful, to be sure, full of handmade heirloom ornaments and mounted on a stand that slowly revolved to show them all off, but I always preferred the homey tree in the family room, full of handmade ornaments, bubble lights and strings of popcorn and cranberries.

I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my sister, Barbara, and her teaching me how to string the JOLLY TIME Pop Corn and Habelman cranberries into a long garland that she would hang on the kids tree after the ornaments were up and just before she hung the tinsel. Those were wonderful bonding times for my big sister and I.

Fast forward to the present. Somewhere along the line, those popcorn and cranberry garlands have fallen by the wayside although I’ve managed to keep the homespun Christmas tree tradition going. A few weeks ago, I was invited to tell you about JOLLY TIME Pop Corn along with Habelman Cranberies and received a Holiday Garland and Gift Pack to help me along my way.

As I opened the box, childhood memories flooded my brain and I knew that in my house, we were going to make an old tradition new again with JOLLY TIME Pop Corn!

JOLLY TIME Pop Corn would like to invite you to take a look at their wonderful recipe pages and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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