Remember the Christmas Journal that never got finished? This page and others like it are the reasons it remains incomplete. I still think the Christmas Journal is a wonderful idea, but can I give you a hint?
If you plan to create one for your family, KISS! You know what that means, right. Keep It Simple, Silly (a euphemism for stupid).
How could I ever hope to get this book finished when I tried to incorporate every nifty technique I could think of on ONE page?
- Five different scrapbook papers
- Hand-cut words (cookies)
- Machine sewing
- Mini tags tied to the page
- Mini pocket with labels
Really? No one can sustain that level of craziness throughout an entire scrapbook! And just to make matters worse, for some reason I decided that one page of Christmas cookies wasn’t enough.
When I look back at it now – I realize just this one page would have been enough, if only because of the pictures of a much younger Evan enjoying the beater. (And, yes, I have always let my kids lick the beaters and they have all made it into adulthood.)
But seriously, Christmas cookies are a big deal in the Deatherage Christmas traditions. It’s my mom’s fault. She loved to bake Christmas cookies and not just the easy ones like I do. She always made cut-out sugar cookies and she actually decorated them too.
Mom would start baking cookies way before Christmas and would package them up and stick them in the freezer. I think that in her mind, if a bag of cookies was in the freezer they would stay there until she pulled them out and doled them out to us. Funny! My kids have memories of sneaking into Mom Mom’s freezer and of acting innocent when she discovered yet another half-empty cookie bag.
I wasn’t going to make any cookies this year because they are deadly for the weight loss plan, but now I don’t know. It seems that the older I get, the more our traditions are about honoring the memories of the ones we’ve lost. And when you think about it, aren’t the really good traditions good because of the memories of family that they renew in our hearts and minds? That kind of tradition isn’t conjured up or found on Pinterest and usually isn’t planned. They just happen and calories don’t even figure into the decision to continue them.
I think it’s time to find that sugar cookie recipe!
What about you? What traditions does your family keep because of the memories of loved ones? Were you considering opting out this year for what seems like a really good reason? What do you think now?