Our close friends have essentially ‘adopted’ us into their family. One can never have too much family. We appreciate them to the moon and back. If we could give them the moon we would. A few years ago we started a new tradition to replace our traditional gift giving extravagance. A togetherness brunch. We deck the house with boughs of laughter, watch vintage Christmas movies from the 50’s that confuse the children and consume lots and lots of glorious food made with love. Everyone is in the kitchen helping, talking, singing or sampling. This year we sourced many of the ingredients locally. The most awesome part is when I picked up the popcorn (brunch may have been influenced by A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) I chatted with the owner, who was working behind the counter, about how ideal it was for us to go over the order at 10 PM via email versus the busier part of the day or it might have been finding my errand running husband at another local business sharing traditions with the owner over coffee.
(I am off to finish the final details of our woodland-themed brunch…)