After an insanely wonderful season with the business, on Friday I was able to take a few days off and just enjoy the Christmas season. Time to focus my mind on things like Christ, cooking, traditions and family. I’d be lying if I said up to that point my mind was focused on the most important things, but I think all of us fall into that trap at one time or another.
For whatever reason, traditions were really important to me this year. I had an urgency to celebrate traditions that have been in years passed, like making cinnamon candy and noodles with my dad. Gratefully, I was able to share that with him while he was home for Christmas (he’s been working in Maine). Mini-me shared in the tradition and helped us roll out noodles. I love that we share the same heart and passion for creating – whatever form that takes.
I took out my great-grandmother’s recipe box which has been in my cabinet unopened for way too many years. To open it and see her handwriting – which I haven’t seen since I was a kid – was incredibly special to me. I searched her recipes for one that looked good to start a possible new tradition and found her sticky bun recipe. It was delicious and really easy.
One of my favorite traditions is that my mom reads The Crippled Lamb to the grand-kids every year. They all pile up on the couch and she reads the story of the lamb that kept Jesus warm. It’s a heartwarming story that reminds us that we all have purpose in life.
What traditions did you end up celebrating this year? Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or nothing at all? What are you carrying on year by year for your loved ones?