On the street where I grew up, I knew my neighbors by name. Maybe because I delivered their newspaper, back in the day of door-to-door collection. But also because that street was in a small town. It's easier to know your neighbor in a small town than in a big one, where you might not ever run into them at the grocers or the post office.
Back on the street where I lived, one neighbor made Christmas candy. Every year. Without fail. A tin of chocolates filled with orange creme and mint, and the trick was figuring out which little chocolate drop contained your favorite flavor. Inevitably, I'd choose the wrong one.
A few years ago, my sister and I started our own holiday tradition. Making cookies and fudge, and sometimes other crafty things like felt ornaments.
Last week, we got together and decorated my sister's tree:
And on Sunday, we spent all afternoon making fudge. We skipped the cookies this year, and focused only on the fudge. Mint, peanut butter, and sea salt and Nutella.
We had to wait for it to set, then we packaged it all up in gift bags to give away. Because we sure couldn't eat an entire afternoon's worth of fudge.
Yesterday, after work, I got to walk through my old neighborhood, knocking on doors and delivering that fudge to everyone I knew. Some were home and I got to visit with them. Others were not, so I left them with a card on the front porch.
Traditions don't have to be something that you've done all your life. New traditions can start any time. What Christmas traditions do you participate in? Do you make goodies to give away? Or are you starting a new tradition this year?