My Christmas Tradition

As Christmas approaches, many start to scurry throughout the stores to find the perfect gift for that special someone. With that comes the hassle of traffic, long lines, and crowds. That's when it is the easiest for us to forget the meaning of Christmas.

Christmas, for most, is the most magical time of year. But what is it that makes it so special to us? Is it the act of giving or the company around you?

For myself, one of the most special parts of Christmas is the family traditions I will cherish forever and the people that I spend it with.

Unlike so many others I have been so fortunate to have grown up with both my Grandparents. My grandparents have shown our family what it means to be head over heels in love for over 54 years. Although I have the privilege of spending time with both of them every day, one of the Christmas Traditions I will always keep close to my heart are the few days we spend together before the Holiday.

We bake cookies.

Let me be more clear.

We bake a lot of cookies! Too many to count, but although our Italian heritage can't seem to contain its portion size, it is a memory that we make every year with our Grandma and all six of her Grandbabies from 29 years old to 13 years young.

The flour puffs into the air and the grinding noise of the mixer hums in the background as it blends all the ingredients into a delicious mountain of dough. The aroma of freshly baked cookies starts to fill the house. The sound of Engelbert Humperdinck's Christmas album (that's Grandmas boyfriend) lingers in the background and we dance. Because there has never been a dance floor that has had more slips, slides, and twirls than Grandmas tile floor. If you're lucky you might even be asked to share a dance or two with Grandpa. And even though there might be the occasional bickering of cousins and a slap on the wrist for Grandpa trying to sneak in some already finished cookies, this is my family, and family is one thing I will never take for granted.

This Christmas don't get lost in the hassle of gift buying and the pressure of all the holidays. Enjoy the small memories that might be so tiny to you right now, but will ultimately mean everything to you down the line.

To my Mom and Grandma who told me "I can be anything my little heart desires."

Merry Christmas - Jeannine Lombardo Photography.

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