This weekend we had our annual tree-trimming party with all of our friends. It is a chance for all of us to have some cocktails and nibbles, and to enjoy each other’s company.
It started with just six of us, right after college (i.e. longer than we care to admit), and we have picked up many more friends along the way. We now numbered thirty and that will no doubt still grow in the coming years.
One of our traditions (in addition to Jessie doing his infamous Bing Crosby imitation) is to exchange tree ornaments so that every year everyone has a brand new-looking tree. And at the end of the night, I give everyone a popcorn ball to take home. Not to store-bought kind but the gooey homemade kind. It’s not the best or most expensive gift we give to our closest friends, but it is one that everyone knows comes from the heart.
This year, I “adopted” five troops serving in Afghanistan. An email a week seems the least I can do for those half a world away from their families so that we can be safe here at home. The holiday boxes I sent to them included the same popcorn balls I gave to friends here – a dozen to each instead of just one. Needless to say, I am now the best friend of those five troops and all of their friends, too. The warm and fuzzy feeling from the thank you notes will last long into the new year.
Do you have a holiday tradition – new or old – that you would like to share? Inquiring minds would like to know!