Are traditions important to you, and to your family? Traditions give a sense of belonging, of continuity, to a family. They help create memories that we will always have, that we will share with generations to come. Growing up we always did the same thing every year, and I suppose for some people that would be boring, but for me it made everything special, and there was a beauty to the way we could do the same thing, yet it was new because each year we were older and that alone made it unique to us, and we could mark the years in our hearts and minds just by looking back and taking out each memory and laughing, or crying, about it together. I would give anything I have to be able to spend just one more Christmas traveling to Grandma’s house again, to have her greet us at the door in her apron, big smile on her face, and a big hug that just warmed us to our very core. Grandma and Grandpa did not have much money to buy gifts, but at their house it wasn’t about gifts. It was about love, and memories. It was about laughter, and sharing stories around the kitchen table while sipping a cup of homemade cocoa. It was about waking up to the sound of Grandpa sneaking through the room where we were sleeping on his way to the kitchen, and joining him to sit and whisper together until everyone else woke up. Christmas was always special because of the traditions, because of family, because of the love. Our house is decorated as much as it can be without getting lost in all of the different displays. Gifts are wrapped and under the tree, and we are ready to open the door to family, to children, to our new grandson. We are ready to embrace this next generation, and include them in our traditions, to pass on the love, the memories and the joy. It is my hope, my dream and my prayer that one day these children will look back on their time here at our house the same way I look back on the time spent at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house – as the greatest and most special memories of all.
Christmas Card Day – Today we honor Sir Henry Cole (1818 – 1874) of England. Mr. Cole (or would that be Sir Cole? Sir Henry?) created the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843. As recently as a few decades ago, sending Christmas cards was a holiday MUST DO! Sending cards through the U.S. mail is still very popular, but not as much as it used to be. The cost and time for writing and sending cards has caused many people to stop sending them, and they are choosing free e-cards instead. E-cards are fun to get, but it’s just not the same – obviously. Today is a really good day to send out your Christmas cards if you haven’t yet. I have the boxes of cards I bought last year out . . . I just haven’t started on them yet. Maybe today would be a good day to do that. Food Celebration of the Day –
National Pastry Day – is a fun day, created to encourage you to make, and of course eat, your favorite pastries. On National Pastry Day, well known pastry chefs often put on a show, making and displaying their finest creations. The base for endless sweet and savory creations, classic pastry dough is actually nothing more than flour, shortening (or butter) and water. Sounds simple enough right? You’d be surprised though, how often those easy ingredients get messed up when you put them together!
- French Napoleons
- Puff Pastry Cheeseburgers
- Brie & Cherry Pastry Cups
- Beef Pot Pie With Pepper Pastry Crust
- Gran’s Sour Cream Pastry
- Cheese Danish
- Basic Pie Pastry
Well, it’s off to work I go . . . Another cold Monday! Today I am going to savor the memories of Christmas past, and look forward to the creation of new memories with my children and grandchildren. I will pray that their schedules allow them to spend time with us, and give us a chance to share with the next generation the things we hold dear to our hearts. Merry Christmas, God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!