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Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.  ~Audrey Hepburn

Apparently, according to Wikipedia, the birthday cake has been an important part of Western European birthday celebrations since the mid-19th century and is common in many Western cultures. Adding birthday candles to the top of the cake actually began in Germany in the 18th century. But the actual beginnings of associating cake with birthdays began back in the days of the Ancient Romans.

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Of course, my own desire to have a cake or at least a homemade baked yumminess for my birthday has very little to do with the Ancient Romans other than there having to do with the start of the tradition.  It has more to do with my own family tradition and the feelings of love and security from my own childhood. We didn't have baked goods in our home on a daily or even weekly or even monthly basis. But I could count on that chocolate cake one time every year.  Mom (my grandmother who raised me)always made my birthday cake (and usually a requested meal).  The cake might have come from a box mix but it was mixed in her mixer with her loving hands and baked in her oven and the frosting was always homemade...full of sugar and love.  It was to me, what made the day special.  There was something about someone (my mom) taking time out of her day to make something delicious just for me to celebrate my day.

Add that to the additional memory of sharing birthdays with PapPap... He got his Poorman's cake and I got my chocolate cake... and it was special blowing out candles together.  [ Wish I had a picture of that to show you....hint hint to my sister if she's reading this....  I REALLY need to learn how to access photos from the family online....I REALLY need a tutor.... wink wink]

There was, however, one year that wasn't going so well that I recall as well.  I wasn't living with Mom at the time.  I lived with my father and step-mother.  I don't recall a lot of the details of that birthday, but I do remember that my father baked my cake.  He's not exactly the type to bake cakes.  And he's not the type of father to do lots of frilly stuff for/with his child.  But he made my cake that year.  And I remember that with great fondness.

So I like my cake.  It's important to me.  And the few birthdays I've had without one have been a little sad for me.  Not that I didn't appreciate what those around did for me - the cards, flowers, dinner out, etc.   But there's something about that cake....

What tradition(s)  do you hold near and dear to you?

Random Thoughts on A Saturday:

  • I also like the traditions of hanging stockings by the fireplace, Making Christmas cookies, buying my children ornaments every year that represents a memory for that year,  putting out cookies for Santa,  and opening Christmas presents in our pajamas!
  • I wish I could read as fast as Spencer Reid....lol...and have his memory!
  • Kristen Lamb's Blog is pretty awesome....really good posts if you are into writing.
  • I love listening to my daughter play piano.....  it's extra soothing now that she's been away at college...  I could just listen to it for hours.
  • I need a good Paleo cake recipe and brownies too!
  • Finding fiction and non-ficiton critique partners shouldn't be so hard...anyone out there want to partner up?

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Christmas is a time  when you get homesick - even when you're home.”    ~  Carol Nelson

It's that time of the year again. Everywhere you look, there's a reminder:  beautifully decorated Christmas trees, the smell of cookies in the air and Silver Bells by Bing Crosby playing on the radio...

Those are sweet memories of my childhood.  I think Christmas brings the fondest of memories...   Those are the memories I had that were always filled with love....  the feelings of always being safe and snug and wrapped in good times and cheer.  So even when I am home....whether it be for a short visit to see Mom or over the holidays and everyone is there, I am still a bit wistful for those days... days of Christmas Joy. What is one of your favorite Christmas memories that make you homesick?

Random Thoughts on a Saturday:

  • The look on a child's face when they see Santa walking towards them has enough sparkle to light up a Christmas tree.  🙂
  • When a parent displays a child's picture, it is really the parent displaying the pride they have in that child(which is never a bad thing!) and LOTS of pictures = LOTS of pride 🙂
  • Bing Crosby and Gene Autry ALWAYS remind me of a special man....  PaPPap....
  • Dr. Charles Richett won the Nobel Prize in 1913 due to his research that demonstrated  that hay fever, asthma and anaphylactic shock and other inflammatory allergic reactions were often caused by reactions to undigested proteins in the bloodstream from injected vaccines.  (Some researches currently believe it is trace proteins from peanut oil in vaccines that may be a likely cause of deadly peanut allergies that seem to be growing rampantly)
  • My husband gets the credit for this one:   What plant does MSG come from?  A Chemical Plant!!!
  • A good book can transform your thoughts and your life...sometimes for moments; sometimes for life!
  • My new Acorn slippers with sheepskin lining are the most wonderful and most warm slippers I have EVER owned.... (thanks to my daughter and husband for the b-day gift!!)
  • Gratitude for Christmas Memories goes into my gratitude journal today.
  • Today's post is #100 for me!!!