TRADITIONS

This is the time of year when there are a lot of traditions. First, there are the shared traditions we all share. Oh, I should mention I’ll be talking about Judeo-Christian traditions since they are the ones I grew up with. However, those of you with other traditions, I’d love to hear about them.

Now, some of the traditions we share as a culture are Santa Claus, Black Friday, Christmas trees, and the birth of the Christ Child. Then there are the family traditions not everyone has. For instance, my family always had a Christmas Eve open house with a birthday cake for Jesus.

But one of my absolute favorite Christmas traditions is the party I share with my fellow romance writers. We’re used to sharing our writing…the work, the rejections, and the triumphs. But the annual Christmas party is a time to eat, sharing our favorite foods and laughter.

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Then we play Dirty Santa. Everyone brings a wrapped Christmas tree ornament. We draw numbers and, in order, we either pick a package or “steal” another ornament already unwrapped. The competition can be fierce; you can really learn who your true friends are!

This year we had a special celebration. Kathlyn Smith recently had her first book published. Her novella, Sips And Slices, was published in the anthology Romance:the Spice of Life. Other authors in the book are Linda Trout, M. Carolyn Steele, Lynn Somerfield, Nita Beshear, and Gloria Teague. Here she is with her First Book cake.

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This year, instead of making something yummy, I got some special holiday cupcakes from a local bakery called, suitably, Kupcakez. Aren’t they pretty?

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I think I just started a new tradition for myself!

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3 thoughts on “TRADITIONS

  1. I had a fantastic time! But then, I always do when I’m around my writing sisters. I’m more upbeat and ready to tackle my current WIP. i.e. easier to live with, which my hubby GREATLY appreciates. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  2. I’m just glad you don’t have pictures from the first writers celebration I went to. I think it was a SARA anniversary party that Marilyn and I decorated for. (I don’t remember where that was, do you, Marilyn?) Anyway, there’s a picture of Marilyn and me somewhere (if I’m lucky, it’s been burned) where there’s a lot MORE of Marilyn, and a WHOLE LOT LESS of me. (We’ve kind of traded places.)
    *sigh*
    To be very honest, I enjoyed this celebration a whole lot more than I did that first one. I wonder if there’s a message there? 🙂
    Probably not.

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