So I pull out the family recipe,
mix the dough with the kids,
roll it all out,
make a pattern,
cut the pieces,
crush the jolly ranchers,
frost it together,
enjoy the kids,
...And feel a part of my Mom's tradition,
[my mom's house this year]
my Grandmother's tradition,
[my mom's house in 2006]
And my Great-Grandmother's tradition which she brought with her from our heritage in Germany.
Oh, how I love the holidays!
I love making a gingerbread house and imagining what it was like when my great grandmother made one at Christmas time decades ago.
Was she stepping over babies at her feet too?
Was she also baking the extra gingerbread for neighbors and friends?
I love a time when we can think about our friends and family and who and what really matters to us in this world.
I love to think of how God has made a way for us to be connected for eternity through our families.
And I love to think of our Savior who was born at this time and lived a life of giving and loving
so we can all return to him some day.
Merry Christmas, my friends!