Today I am sharing a guest post from my friend, Greg. He and his sister, Julia, had a holiday tradition of baking cookies together. In the below post, shared with his permission, he tells the story of how this came about and the importance of it today. Sadly, Greg lost his sister earlier this year. His message, which will be included in the tin of cookies to family and friends this year in honor of his sister, is below:
Traditions are never created out of a plan. They begin as a simple act
or occasion that bring us joy so we wish to recreate that wonderful time
again and again. Celebrating a tradition give us the feeling of belonging
to something special that touches our hearts in a special way.
When Julia and I began baking Christmas cookies for our friends her
Freshman year in high school, I never considered she would take this small gesture of giving and make it an annual affair for all these past years.
It began as a simple way for us to do something special for our friends during the holiday season. We would begin around 6am and work until
10pm or so for three to four days baking seven different types of cookies
from recipes that came from our grandmothers and Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks. In the four years we did this together, we graduated to twelve different cookies and the last year we baked 144 dozen.
During the services for Julia, most everyone made comments about her cookies. Thus, I wanted to continue the tradition she took over and kept going all these past years. With the help of my aunt Jonel, her son Talbot and his girlfriend Karen, we baked these cookies for you in the hope this small gift of cookies will help you remember Julia in your hearts this holiday season.