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Traditions: we’ve all got ’em. They might be family dinners on special occasions, or having a particular kind of cake on your birthday (Jeanne Cake, natch), or popcorn at the movies, or meeting your friend for a 5k run in the park, rain or shine, every Sunday morning. What are your favorite traditions, large and small? What is it about your traditions that keep them going strong for you?

My baby girl loves tradition no matter how it conjures itself regarding our family; be it vacation spots, special desserts or anything that we do together as a family more than once. She has been disappointed more than once when we couldn’t honor certain traditions such as going to York Beach in Maine, but I always try to console her with dreams of making her own traditions with her own family when she gets older or that we can make new traditions ourselves as long as we are a family.

One tradition that I have to keep is getting her a cheesecake for her birthday, since she won’t be home for her birthday. I have never shipped a cheesecake before, it will be an interesting endeavor. I’ll also be making her her favorite cookies, just in case some mishap falls on the cheesecake. I will be sending the cookies out in another package, hopefully they will arrive intact. I am new to the delivery business, I’m not too worried because these are for friend and family, they won’t mind picking at the broken pieces and crumbs. lol.

I have another tradition that I like to keep going, every Christmas-time, I make the fleur de sel caramels that I drop off to my friend’s house the same day that she hosts her annual cookie swap. It is a days worth of work, but it is so worth it between the joy on her face when she gets her sweet present and the eight or nine dozen cookies baked, wrapped and then swapped while having coffee and laughing with good friends.

My favorite traditions always involve food and me making it, I love cooking and baking there is no doubt about it and that is a tradition that will endure for as long as possible I hope.