The holidays are finally here! A few lilsugar readers shared their holiday plans, traditions, and pastimes with us. Thanks to jessie for today's read!

jessie is a stay-at-home mom and mother of three. She and her husband Mike have been married for 12 and a half years and live in Oregon with their children, Jimmy, 9, Jason, 7, and Isabella, 5. Since they moved from Indiana last February, this will be their first Christmas without extended family.

lilsugar: What is the most magical part of the holiday season for your family?
jessie: Everything about Christmas is magical to us. Every time any of us sees or hears anything Christmas related it never fails to make us smile.

lilsugar: What is the hot wishlist item in your household this year?
jessie: The Wii.

To get jessie's recipe for sand tarts and find out if her kids still believe in Santa,


lilsugar: Please share your family's favorite holiday recipe and the story
behind it.

jessie: I actually found this recipe in Guidepost. My whole family LOVES it. I've passed the recipe on to my Mom and sister and they have shared it, too.

Sand Tarts
2 sticks butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour (sifted)
5 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 cup chopped pecans

Cream butter, add vanilla, and stir. Sift flour and powdered sugar together and add to mixture, then add pecans. After mixing all ingredients together, form into long rolls, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Slice into thin cookies and place on a cookie sheet. (I use parchment paper) Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake for a 10-15 minutes. Roll cookies in additional powdered sugar and cool. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

lilsugar: Do your children still believe in Santa?
jessie: Jimmy does not, but he knows that if he wants gifts to say "yes" he does. And, Jason and Isabella do believe in Santa.