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In search of a Christmas tradition

My youngest son asked whether he’d be getting a Christmas sack at the end of his bed on Christmas morning. Since he no longer believes in Santa, he knows that his mother and father will be the ones tip-toeing to his bed in the dead of night to deposit treasure in a lumpy pillowcase. Even so, there’s an expectation. “It’s our tradition, isn’t it?” he said. It made me think. What sort of traditions was I passing on? What sort of memories would he have about Christmas? I know I’ve failed dismally to even attempt to bake a traditional Christmas cake, never mind a Christmas pie. A Martha Stewart, I am clearly not. It’s not that I don’t have Christmas memories myself. Every year, in my own home, a month or so prior to Christmas, there would be a boiled fruit cake bubbling on the stove – the delicious aroma of spices, dried fruit mingling with a generous dollop of brandy. The fact that the cake was sometimes burnt a tad on top, did nothing …