Family Traditions…

It’s that time of year. A time for reflection and Thanksgiving. If you check out my YouTube channel or Instagram, you’ll notice that I’ve been busy baking sugar cookies. I used a maple leaf and acorn cookie cutter, and I just finished cleaning up the kitchen. The house smells so good right now. Mmmm…

I came into my office to write but decided to checkout my FB site first. For those of you who know me, you “get” how much I love Christmas. I watch Christmas movies throughout the year whenever I need a cheer-me-up! I have my Christmas shopping and Christmas cards usually done by September (I’m late this year, but my deadline for this is Nov. 15th). I love to wrap gifts, decorate, and have my grandkids over to help me! It’s just a magical time, and I can’t get enough of it.

Not to mention, in the mitten state, we usually have snow! I was born in January, which makes me a winter snow-baby! Remember the snow-babies? I need to start collecting them, don’t I? Lol

Here’s a photo:


So precious. Here’s the link, just in case anyone is interested! Macy’s (Snow babies)

I also love a white blanket of snow. I enjoy peeking out my window in the early morning while the sun is rising, to view the winter wonderland outside. The sparkle of the tree limbs, the ice cycles, and the individual snowflakes filtering the sky.

diamond snow

Not to mention the  sledding, snow-ball fights, and making snow-angels! Then it’s inside for hot cocoa, with lots of mini-marshmallows!

Anyway, I had a light-bulb moment while conversing with cuzzo. I realized that I’ve pretty much skipped over Thanksgiving ever since my sister passed. It’s just not the same for me. It held such a special place in my heart “with her”, that it’s hard for me to face that day. I have no happiness springing fourth for that particular holiday anymore. How sad. I never gave it much thought until now.

My brother cooks Thanksgiving dinner nowadays and we all go to his house, watch football, visit, and eat the yummiest Thanksgiving meal. I appreciate this new tradition that he established. But, as for me? It will never be the same. I decorate for Fall, and I start organizing for Christmas. I give thanks to the Lord all year-long, but every Thanksgiving my heart still breaks for my best friend, and Thanksgiving feels a bit like a reckoning. Hopefully this year it will be different.

I think I might get Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, a bottle of my sister’s favorite chardonnay, some tissues and throw myself a new Thanksgiving tradition.

God bless each and every one of you! I hope you have a beautiful day. (Don’t forget to drop me a comment about your favorite holiday traditions!) 😀




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