Hello friends. I belong to an awesome blog group called SITS. This is my first year participating in SITSmas, the kick off to holiday wishes!
Last night I made my first batch of caramels...an annual Christmas event. My grandparents started this tradition early in to their 60 year marriage. Homemade caramels and turtles and peanut clusters...OH MY! Several years ago my grandpa decided he was too old to do the annual candy making. I asked him if he would teach me how to make it so that I could carry on the tradition. He painstakingly showed me how to make the candy, repeating every detail so that I could memorize it. At the time I was annoyed that he was SO SLOOOOOOOOOW. I was even a bit rude, and acted as if I knew better than him and did a lot of mental eye rolling. And of course my candies NEVER turned out as good as his.
This is the first Christmas since my Grandfather's death this past May. The first year of me truly carrying on the family tradition without him. As I was stirring the cream in to the butter and sugar I felt a little teary eyed and wished that I had been more patient with my Grandpa. That I had cherished the times that we spend together rather than being impatient and impudent.
My Christmas wish this year is for love and compassion for all. That we will be reminded of our blessings and cherish our families. I hope my Grandpa knew how much I loved him even if I didn't show it enough.
Merry Christmas to all...and may you enjoy the peace that the holidays bring!