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Making Old Traditions New

Do you have any holiday traditions from childhood that you still carry on?  Have they changed at all over the years?  When I was a kid my brother and my mom and I used to make cookies around the holidays.  It was great fun to mix up the cookie dough and roll it out then cut out the different shapes and decorate them with sprinkles, frosting, and those little, red, cinnamon candies.  I loved the way they smelled when they were baking.  Of course my favorite part was eatting the first one while it was still warm from the oven.  I can still taste them when I remember those times.

My mom kept the cookie cutters and cake decorating tool (a hand held extruded) in an old box with pink and yellow starburst flowers on it.  Just looking at that box, knowing what was inside it, thinking about those times makes me smile.

Cooke Cutter Ornaments by Lori Buff
Cookie Cutter Clay

This past summer I was given that box and its contents because my mom doesn't think she's going to be baking holiday cookies any more.  I looked at it the other day and was filled with a sense of nostalgia, but I leave the baking to Janet, the expert.  Still, I thought I should show them some love.  So I took the box down to the studio and made ornaments.  I'll have fun decorating them but I doubt they will smell as good in the kiln as the cookies did in the oven.  It doesn't matter, I only hope that whoever buys them includes them in the family traditions for many years.

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  1. I am sure your will treasure the box and the ornaments for years to come. My mother had a big glass jar of buttons that I used to love to dump out and sort. About ten years ago I asked my mother if I could go through the jar and take home some of my favorite old buttons. She handed me a ziploc bag of buttons! Seems the jar had a crack and it finally broke in half. I was so sad that the jar was gone... the ziploc bag wasn't nearly as fun to sort through.

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    1. Oh, no, not a ziploc bag! I can just imagine your disappointment. It’s about an entire experience.

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    2. Exactly! Just like your Mom's box holding the cookie cutters is just as important as the cookie cutter's themselves.

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    3. Oh, yes, the box has so very much to do with the experience. I’ll bet it’s older than I am.

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  2. This is so beautiful. What a clever and endearing way to create keepsakes from a keepsake.

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  3. What a sweet way to put your own twist on a childhood tradition. Nest thing you know you will be adding anew design every year! Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Suzie, that’s not a bad idea.

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  4. Before I finished reading this I was thinking, dang she should make some ornaments, and then you did! Lucky to have those memories, I'll spare you the ones I have, haha!

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    1. Well, they say great minds think alike Tracey.

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  5. wow, how wonderful you'll be using some of your mom's cookie cutters and making a new tradition, I've actually had kids think some of mine were edible, hope you show us some after they are fired.

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