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Thursday, December 18, 2003

My daughter thrives on rituals. Out of all my kids, she is the one who really loves traditions. If we do something two years in a row, it is a tradition, and from that point on, we better do it every year. Her eyes light up when we do those things she loves, that are familiar, comfortable, reliable.

She has to make the cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving (after all, she has been making it since she was SIX.)

She knows every ornament on the Christmas tree. One broke last year, and she actually asked "Where is the sleigh ornament???" when we were decorating the tree this year, even though it was one out of a hundred, and not even one with a lot of sentimental value.

We have to buy one or two new Christmas books every year. And read "The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey" again. And make "Rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer-cookies". You see, when she was five, she entered a story contest a Maraschino cherry company was having . Every participant was sent a reindeer-head-shaped cookie cutter, and you put a maraschino cherry on the cut-outs for Rudolph's nose. That company knew what it was doing - we have been buying cherries at Christmas every year since. It ain't Christmas without a parade of Rudolphs in the cookie jar....

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