I’m a girl who appreciates tradition.  When my husband and I married more than half a lifetime ago, I cross-stitched an ornament for our tree every Christmas.  When our daughter was born four years later, I did the same for her.  Now our artificial evergreen is nearly filled with these unique keepsakes.

Additionally, each year my little family watches It’s a Wonderful Life, views a new (or old favorite) movie while enjoying our customary Christmas Eve fare of nachos, bakes and delivers chocolate chip pumpkin bread to our friends and neighbors and designs a 12-month photo calendar for my daddy.  Sometimes early, other times late, we mail our holiday greetings and most years I whip up a few batches of bars and cookies.

With Christmas less than a week away, I find myself a bit frustrated with unfinished shopping and wrapping, the lack of time to bake and cross-stitch, and I have yet to play putt-putt on the local lighted mini golf course — one of my new favorite traditions.  However, if I’m completely honest with myself, I realize if nothing else gets done in the next few days, time with loved ones is the most important tradition worth preserving.  Everything else is just icing on the gingerbread house. ~ cs


Always the write time to: remember the reason for the season.  Merry Christmas from Always the Write Time to you and yours.