For the first 22 years of my life I spent every Christmas Day (except one) at my Grandma's house and in later years even if I wasn't with her on Christmas Day I would see her sometime during the holiday week. Now in these last years Grandma wasn't able to participate much in the festivities but she was there.
One of my memories of Christmas at Grandma's was the popcorn balls she used to make. (Now these are the good popcorn balls not the ones made with that marshmallow nonsense). She would always bring them out in the afternoon after dinner was eaten and cleaned up and after gifts were exchanged. They were SO GOOD.
Today, even though we have had every treat known to man over the last few weeks, I decided to whip up a batch of the popcorn balls. They aren't as good as hers always were but just biting into one brings memories rushing back and brings a little part of her here this year....our first Christmas without her.
And that's what traditions do....they link generation to generation and bind families together. Here's hoping you have all had many special family moments this holiday season.