A decade ago I started a tradition with my friends in college to get together every December and bake cookies for Christmas! It was really great because there would be 3 or 4 us, each of us would make at least 2 batches of cookies, and then we’d exchange them at the end of the night. It was perfect because we could give the cookies away to coworkers, neighbors, the mailman, etc… It’s the perfect gift for all of the people on your list that you aren’t sure what to buy them, who doesn’t like getting homemade cookies? Some of those friends have come and gone, while others have moved away, but Amanda and I brought this tradition back in 2016, making this year our third cookie baking tradition, every year adding something new.
I have spoken of Amanda many times, but she’s been a part of my life since we were 12, she was the one who held me while I cried in the girls bathroom over some silly boy at a lame, middle school dance, she was the one who told me how beautiful I was when my high school crush didn’t like me back and called me annoying because I laugh all the time. It’s funny when I think back to the 15-year-old Kristian who believed in Hollywood romance, who thought that my crush was my knight in shining armor who would play guitar for me outside of my bedroom window, bring me hand picked wildflowers because I’ve always preferred them over roses, and would cook me a gourmet meal, because I’ve always admired a man who could cook, although; if I’m being honest, it wouldn’t have taken a gourmet meal, a can of soup probably would have wooed me. I suppose a part of that girl is still in me, but I’ve learned that romance is much more than what Hollywood portrays in the movies, and while it’s endangered, chivalry isn’t completely extinct, and being the old soul that I am, it tugs at my heart strings when I witness such romantic gestures, okay I’m not fooling anyone, I’m still a sucker for romance.
I’m getting off track, anyway, last weekend I spent the entire day baking cookies with Amanda, we were up until 1;00 in the morning, baking cookies. 2 women, 6 cookies, 2 pans of fudge, all from scratch, my back and feet were aching the next day, but it was SO worth it!!
After my mom died Amanda asked me about my holiday traditions and three hours later she learned all about the many traditions my family has. Haha! Amanda, being the beautiful soul that she is, decided that we need to start our own traditions, because I miss them now that my mom is gone, and her family didn’t really have many traditions when she was growing up. Every year Amanda and I come up with a new tradition for us to add throughout the year and so now it has become a tradition to come up with a new tradition. Lol! It is something I cherish and look forward to now! All of this started with baking cookies, and we’ve introduced a book exchange on Christmas Eve (introduced this year,) seeing a concert/going out dancing for our birthdays. It started two years ago when Amanda took me to see Ray Lamontagne for my birthday, her birthday rolled around 3 months later and we went to see the band Qiet, fell in love with them, saw them again this past November for my birthday, and so now I’m already looking at who is coming around this February so we can go get our groove on as we celebrate her day of birth! We have also introduced a Saint Patrick’s Day Turkey dinner, old school Christmas shopping, and there is talk of summer traditions, so I’ll be sure to keep you posted!
What are your traditions? I’d love to hear about them! I’m also up to suggestions, because I love them so much. I’ve been thinking about traditions I can start with my pen pals, because I really want to be more proactive with my letter writing and crafting for snail mail this year. Something else my old soul cherishes, old school, hand written letters, even emails to an extent. There’s just something so special about a note, written by someone who took the time to let me know what’s going on in their world, or that they thought of me and took the time to write me a few lines.
Hmm….I think I feel another post coming on. Okay, I’m going to stop here before I write you a novel!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all a fantabulous (that’s a word now) 2019!!
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