I realize that Christmas has come and gone – but I wanted to share with you the gifts that I made for each of my girls: my two daughters and my soon-to-be daughter in law. Our family Christmas traditions are many and run deep – filled with lots of routines and favorite recipes. I decided that I would create a scrapbook that preserved the top ten recipes that I make each year between Thanksgiving and New Years.
Each two page spread included the title of the recipe – the actual recipe itself written on a 3×5 index card and placed in a plastic sleeve that can be removed from the book and replaced – a photograph from years past that depicted our family celebrating the holidays – and a note that briefly told the background of certain traditions.
The project was more labor intensive than I had planned – but fortunately I started early enough that it did not prove too stressful to complete in time for Christmas morning. I hand wrote each recipe (x3), created page layouts (x3), copied pictures (x3), and added decorative elements (x3).
In the end, I think the books were well-received and I hope that they will be used in years to come.
While we will most likely always have the Italian Christmas Eve vigil at our house (traditionally the feast of seven fishes but done Totoro style includes baked salmon – boiled shrimp – and plenty of snow crab) – my eldest has already claimed that Christmas day will be spent at her house so the grandbaby can enjoy her Santa gifts. I don’t blame her for wanting to adopt a new tradition – but I am a bit melancholy that our days of early Christmas morning risings accompanied with squeals of surprised glee are officially over. It was a wonder 25 years of fond family memories.