Christmas Cookie Swap #10 happened at approximately 14:00 hours today. From here on out we’ll take it up a notch around here and there will be more excitement than usual! Our cookie swap means Christmas Eve is usually within 24-48 hours of the event. Here we are!
When Melodi was born I wanted to have a tradition with her that would last longer than I would. I mean, eventually I won’t be here anymore but she will and will hopefully carry on some of the things we did while she was growing up. Up until recently I never really grasped that fact as the truth. I’m here to tell you, it is the truth with a capital “T”. We don’t live forever but our memories and traditions can.
So, my aunt gives me a Christmas book, a journal which records Christmas for the next 10 years. This was in 1999. We are 10 years later and it’s 2009 and this will be the last entry in this little book. Where, oh where, does the time go? Oh, I know. It’s really not that fast. In fact, it’s a long, slow process but that’s another post.
It’s so funny to look at this family Christmas book b/c 1) you can’t read my handwriting and 2) I stopped journaling in it about half way through. That would be when Canon was born. But I always recorded our cookie swaps and now have 10 years worth of them chronicled in the book.
Every year for our cookie swap I mailed out an invitation, created a “menu”, created fun cookies and anitcipated the day of the party. Each year Melodi has taken on more responsiblity for the party, by addressing the envelopes, cleaning the bathroom, sweeping off the front porch and finally, baking the cookies. This year she did all of that except address the envelopes. Why not the envevlopes? B/C there were no invitations. This year you got an email.
She loves this tradition! And I want her to have it long after I’m gone. Which means Melodi, if you ever read this, please have the cookie party. No matter what. Life will change and be a little different, year after year. But make room in your heart for our cookie swap. And when I’m too old to participate, bring it to me at the old folks home.
And for those of you who know my incredible, has her act together daughter, know that she will.