Family Holiday Traditions

It is that time of year again…holidays with the family! Time for all the remembered foods. Time for all the remembered traditions. But…

Sometimes traditions have to change. People move away and it is harder to get together. Dinner that used to be at six o’clock has to move to brunch at noon or a late dinner at nine to accommodate work schedules. Opening presents has to happen on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas morning so that everyone can be there. Still…

The feelings. The happiness. The excitement remains the same. The family is together, hopefully, and the fun can commence.

My favorite part of Christmas is reminiscing of holidays past. Thinking of where you got a favorite ornament as you put it on the tree. Laughing about the Turkey Fiasco of ’87 as you are working in the kitchen. Baking cookies with mom’s recipe handed down from her grandmother. Sitting around the dinner table and talking about the shared memories of the past year.

My favorite memory: Every year my mom, my brother, and I would make Christmas cookies. Making cookies with kids is fun but messy. We made sugar cookies, butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and more.  My mom had numerous slips of paper from magazines and handwritten notes from relatives in her cookbook. Some years we tried new recipes and sometimes we just did the usual. Sometimes the new recipes worked and got added to the cookie making day. Sometimes they failed spectacularly and we laughed as we tried terrible tasting cookies and tossed them and moved on. Making cookies in our household was a day-long event. Meals were fitted in between putting cookies in, taking them out, and letting them cool.

But one thing was a guarantee each year. My mom would wear black pants. And by the time we were finished they would be covered with flour handprints. And every year she would swear to remember not to wear them next year. As I spend another Christmas missing my mom, I would give anything to be baking cookies and laughing at her flour-printed black pants.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?


Jill James, romance writer and lover of cookies!

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About Jill James

Jill is a self-published author with The Lake Willowbee Series and numerous other books in paranormal romance and zompoc romance. She enjoys reading just as much as writing. You can follow her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Jill.James.author and Twitter @jill_james
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12 Responses to Family Holiday Traditions

  1. E. Ayers says:

    Cookie baking times are some of my favorite memories. But what’s really sad is how many families no longer bake cookies. They are bought from a local store or ordered online. Baking cookies would be time taken from the adults’ busy schedule. And then you’d have to buy cookie sheets and cope with a dirty oven, even though you’d only have to push the button to clean it. Even the trees come pre-lit and pre-decorated. Choose your theme. Life is changing.

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  2. susanrhughes says:

    Thanks for sharing your warm Xmas memories.

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  3. Carol says:

    First, hugs on missing your mom terribly this year. I understand how you feel. We used to bake cookies together as a family, not so much these days. I miss those times. I agree on giving hugs to your hubby. He’s definitely a keeper. Merry Christmas!

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  4. jackiemaurer says:

    I miss my mom too, but reading your post brought back some wonderful memories of holidays with my mom. Thanks for sharing, Jill. Hugs to you. ❤

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