Monday, December 19, 2011

DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?


by Kate Collins


For many years, the tradition in my family on Christmas Eve has been to come together  for a light meal, open presents, attend the candlelight service at our church, and head back home to eat cookies before going our separate ways. After my husband passed away, these traditions helped me get through what could have been a terribly painful, lonely time, but simply knowing that my family would be there to celebrate in a way I’ve known all my life has not only comforted me, but enabled to move forward.  I think of them as gifts under the tree that my parents left for me, my sister and my brother to share with our loved ones. They are things I want my kids to remember and pass along to their loved ones, too. 

This year, my daughters Natasha and Julie and my niece Linci are going to help me make a Greek meal that we know my late husband would have loved.  When the Cozy Chicks cookbook comes out after the first of the year, I will be sharing it with you, so, if you’d like to find out what we made in my late husband’s memory, be watching for it. I’ll tell you the name of the recipe in another blog. (I love tempting my friends.)

So now I’d like to know something about you. What are the traditions that matter to you and your family? What customs would you like your children to remember and hopefully pass along to the important people in their lives? It doesn’t matter if you’re Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim or have no religion at all, I would really appreciate your sharing customs that matter to you.