Trashy Traditions

During the last decade, the younger generation of my brood has introduced a new tradition to our family – Jell-O shots (I mean, duh. What Christmas gathering is complete without this delicacy?). And my family (being the classy clan that we are) welcomed the gelatin filled vodka with open arms.

There may actually be a cat hair in your Jello with the aid of Ted.

Who put the cat hair in my Jell-O?

It all started with our love of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – and how we watched the movie together every season. I was across between the young Ruby Sue (as my dad was deemed our family’s Eddie – yes, my sister and I are proud) and Aunt Bethany (as she was the crazy cat lady, wrapping up her cat for a Christmas gift and serving a Jell-O mold made with cat food). Therefore one family Christmas, I brought Jell-O shots decorated with cat food (really Cracklin’ Oat Bran but at first glance, looks like the real deal) and our new family legacy was born.

This cheap, easy tradition requires the following:

1 box of Jell-O

Nut cups

Vodka (flavored if you wish)

1 can whipped cream for topping

Follow the instructions on the back of the Jell-O box. Insert vodka anytime the recipe calls for water (if you’re worried too much liquor may create awkward family moments, use half vodka, half water). Refrigerate. Serve!

Making my family proud with our new tradition

Making my family proud.

Introducing new traditions isn’t always easy and ours required my very apprehensive Gma’s approval.


A little Jell-O never hurt…

Some gals prefer to be ladylike (like my Gma) and use a toothpick to aid in consumption.

Stirred, not shaken

Stirred, not shaken

And the rest is history.

Go Granny Go!

Family tested, Gma approved.

Now the tradition is so engrained, Teddy even takes part.

Teddy is even paws on when it comes to making Jello.

Paws on when it comes to making Jell-O.

Why don’t you do as the classy do and introduce the Jell-O shot tradition to your family this year?
It will make for some interesting memories….

47 thoughts on “Trashy Traditions

  1. lycly says:

    Man, your family seems like such a blast!! I wish I was invited to your Christmas parties! 🙂

  2. Amanda says:

    You do have a fun family! So, maybe this is a dumb question …. but is JELL-O GLUTEN-FREE? If so, OMG.

  3. Interesting that your family identified with Christmas Vacation–the first time I saw European Vacation I thought–why would want to watch a film about these people–I KNOW these people–I’ve lived with these people! (We’ve enacted that scene where they drive around Big Bend for hours because they can’t get out of the traffic circle “Look, kids, Big Ben!”

  4. journeyman1977 says:

    Ted’s looking much better now that he ain’t no longer sulking 🙂 jello-o shots lookin’ great M 🙂 Gma approval goes a long way!

  5. Mitzie Mee says:

    Jell-O shots! Sounds like my kind of tradition:)

  6. Courtney Evans says:

    Your gma rocks!!!!

  7. shiroknowes says:

    What a beautiful family you have and I love your cat !

  8. FreeUrCloset says:

    Great tradition and grandma is one cool lady! Love your cat!

  9. petit4chocolatier says:

    Loving the Jell-O shots!!

  10. The Landy says:

    You guys are out of control – and loving it 🙂

  11. Your Gma is awesome. Jello shots, too funny!

  12. 1EarthUnited says:

    Sounds like a blast, poor kitty’s the odd man out. Look like she could use a shot, as do I. 😀

  13. Nancy says:

    Love, Love, Love!! What would Grm. think?

  14. alyson says:

    Hilarious!! I’m making Jell-O shots for my family next Christmas! 🙂

  15. kellisamson says:

    Your grandma tipping back a jell-o shot? Hysterical!

  16. John says:

    Love your grandma doin’ j-shots! Cool lady!

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