#WATWB: Tradition

This is going to be a short post for the November’s We are the World Blogfest (WATWB). It is the Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S. and between cooking, feeding my face on Thanksgiving Day, and engaging in my own holiday tradition, I’m going to be a tad busy for a few days.

Instead of focusing on a particular person, I thought we could focus on holiday or family traditions. Or create new ones from the possibilities in the following links. Traditions shine a light on the positive, holding families together and making for tasty or fun celebrations.

As for my own traditions, the cat ornament Christmas tree is decorated and I’ll be busy in the kitchen this weekend, making an assortment of Christmas cookies to give to friends and family. I haven’t done the cookie baking thing in at least three years, so I’m excited to try a couple new recipes and embrace a few of the sweet standards from years past.

Yes, I could ship tins of cookies to you, but only if there’s anything left in the freezer by December 15th (doubtful).

Books that Celebrate Diverse Holidays and Traditions

Weird Holiday Traditions

What are YOUR family or personal traditions for the holiday season? I’d like to know, if you’d like to share.

Have a wonderful December, Christmas and New Year’s and see you again for #WATWB at the end of January.


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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit.” ~Belinda Witzenhausen~

If you would like to join in with posting for #WATWB or simply spread some joy on Facebook or Twitter, please click HERE for more information, guidelines and the hosts for this month’s event. You can go HERE to be part of the #WATWB Community Facebook page, where monthly posts congregate for your reading pleasure.

This month’s post falls on Friday, November 26, 2021 – Eric Lahti(https://ericlahti.wordpress.com/) and Sylvia Stein (https://sylviasteinswritingcorner.blogspot.com) will be co-hosting.

30 responses to #WATWB: Tradition

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Maybe for November, we can call it We Are The World BlogFeast. Baking cookies is a wonderful tradition, Mary. My mother wasn’t much of a baker, but she always made batch after batch of a few varieties of cookies at the holiday. Here in our little family, sugar cookies were made and decorated.

    I think it’s a great idea to focus on holiday traditions. I will be joining WATWB, but I will be late. In the meantime, i hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I like “Blogfeast,” Dan. I completely stuffed my face with the neighbor’s traditions last night, with her family. It was awesome. Soon I have to quick run to the store (forgot the lemon) and start my own sugary tradition. I’m looking forward to the quality control, but not the dishes. Oh well, I suppose that kind of tradition always comes with some sort of mess, right? 😉

      Sugar cookies are awesome, but I try to stick with less time-consuming options. I’ll be patient waiting for your post, Dan. I know it will be a good one, as usual.

      • Dan Antion says:

        Thanks. I have to get past Thursday Doors and the bar first. I hope your baking goes well.

  2. beth says:

    i love, love learning about holidays and traditions of all kinds, and of course, having my own traditions – like celebrating groundhog day in all it’s glory! (wrong season i know, but not one that everyone celebrates)

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I think it’s cool that you celebrate Groundhog Day. For northerners, that’s a pivotal day of hoping we get an early spring. Do you watch the movie? Wear an appropriate costume?

  3. It doesn’t get a lot better than baking cookies. I did it myself yesterday, and of course there is always the treacherous job of taste testing before you gift them. Terrible job, but someone has to do it. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Quality control, Judy…quality control! It’s our job to ensure that we never poison anyone or make them show us their “oh, that’s bad” face. Yeah, it’s a tough job… :-p

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Gibbs and I return the hugs, Teagan. I loved pulling out the cat ornaments after a few years and finding all of the favorites. So fun!

  4. murisopsis says:

    For Thanksgiving there must be Pumpkin pie. There must be turkey and gravy is not optional!! As for Christmas we always give the boys “lame” t-shirts that reflect some goofy/geekery sentiment. And the elf gifts must be under the tree. Elves are sick of making/giving toys so they only gift underwear. One Christmas when they were 24 & 25 I decided it was too weird to continue the elf gift. They were devastated that there wasn’t an elf gift! I ended up finding an after Christmas sale and was able to give the gift. Now I don’t dare forget… though I still think it is weird….

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Maybe the elf gift should be something else…like a completely weird ornament or kitchen utensil, rather than underwear. Or just go with the flow with tradition.

      Yes, pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. It’s a must! Have fun shopping for the lame T-shirts. I like the humor in that.

  5. dweezer19 says:

    Don’t you just love baking during the holidays? The sharing part is the best because then I don’t eat them all! 🤭

  6. Susan Scott says:

    That was fun to read Mary thank you! Some strange traditions, from a pickle on the tree to the figure on the loo …Here in South Africa, the Christmas Cake is a tradition as are mince pies, dressed ham, salmon – wait, I can’t think any further. I buy Christmas cookies, the ones laden with marzipan are the best – German, as is their Stollen. But also the cookies fashioned into shapes of trees and stars dusted with sugar. My sister bakes Christmas cakes from a recipe of our mother’s, laden with brandy. Made early eg September, carefully wrapped and unwrapped every now and then to put in another tbs or 2 of brandy to keep it moist. Delicious! Happy Holidays to you! Great post!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      My mom used to make her mother’s fruitcake recipe and wrap it in brandy or wine infused cheesecloth. People make fun of fruitcake, but hers was the best.

      As for the pickle, I have one. 😏

  7. Our traditions have changed over the years and with food allergies not a lot of baking gets done. We’re on the hunt for some new ideas…I love the cat ornament tree! With our old Siamese we’d put the tree up…more than once. At 19 he still could rip it down in record time. Our new kitty seems interested but not overly destructive…yet. It might be a good idea! LoL 😜 Thanks so much for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB! Have a wonderful week…and have a cookie for me!😁

  8. Ally Bean says:

    We don’t have many [if any] holidays traditions. We both remember stressful holiday seasons when we were younger, and don’t want that for ourselves anymore, so we hang loose. Like a poorly placed ornament on a Christmas tree.

  9. ericlahti says:

    Baking cookies is always a good thing. I love to bake year-round, but we do sugar cookies for the holidays. I think it may be the one time of the year that we bust out our Star Wars cookie cutters.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Star Wars cookie cutters? That’s awesome. Do you bake a Darth Vader cookie and then, when you take a bite, say something with your best James Earl Jones voice?

      • ericlahti says:

        Sometimes I make a Darth Vader cookie and Yoda cookie and make them fight each other. 🙂

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