Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Power of Tradition

An ornament from Mom's collection
now hangs on my tree

Never underestimate the powerful impact you have on your children with the little things you do and say. A blog friend of mine recently lost her mother and is now feeling her loss in every ritual they shared together. This Thanksgiving, I made dinner for my kids, and three out of six recipes were favorites that my mother had made. Pecan pie, stuffing and gravy. No one could make these like my mom. I used her recipes, and though they didn't taste quite as wonderful as when Mom made them for me, the aromas that filled my kitchen as I prepared the feast, the sight of her yellow pyrex mixing bowl and the feel of her seasoned wooden rolling pin in my hands brought back wonderful memories and made me feel close to her again. It's never too late to start a new tradition for your children or grandchildren. What traditions do you cherish?

1 comment:

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Love the ornament...we do the same. We lovingly put on all of our grandmother's ornaments that we have and they bring back so many memories of being at their homes for Christmas! I guess one tradition that we have is to go out to the local Christmas tree farm and get our tree. Our youngest decided, when he was four, to name our tree. Ever since then, the tree gets a name (boy). This year it is Fred :)

If we don't get a chance, have a wonderful Christmas!!
Karla & Karrie

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