November 14: Holiday Traditions
It begins on Thanksgiving morning when I serve sausage balls and cinnamon monkey bread for breakfast while
we I watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As far as I am concerned, the Christmas season does not officially begin until Santa Claus arrives at Herald Square.
We will have the typical turkey dinner later that afternoon and then on Friday evening we will elicit the help of able-bodied men to bring down the decorations from the attic. All family members in town will then help us put up the tree while drinking fresh eggnog and reminiscing about the hodge-podge of Christmas ornaments.
The most vivid cookie memory, however, is making M&M cookies with the kids. From the time each was 18 months old, they would help decorate the tops of the cookies with the colorful candy. The rule was only “three on top of each cookie” and invariably an equal amount would be nibbled as well. To this day they remain my favorite cookie.
“The Princess” is three-and-a-half, and she is now old enough to participate in these long-standing traditions. This evening she came over for a few hours while her parents went out to dinner. We had a blast decorating the cookies – and then eating them warm from the oven.
Some may view traditions as old-fashioned; I prefer to think of them as timeless.