I love traditions, especially during the holidays. Please tell me yours!
I’ve been bingeing on mini-oranges lately; easy to peel, delicious, and healthy. After lunch today, as I peeled an orange to feed my
addiction craving, “A” said to me, “In my family, we put an orange on top of the mochi, and then eat it on New Year’s for luck.”
Aw, sweet. An orange for luck. I should try that! “An orange, or a tangerine?” I asked.
“An orange,” she said. “And now I’m craving one too.”
I Googled “Japanese Mochi” and “New Year,” and learned three things. 1. Not always an orange. Some say “tangerine.” 2. “A” didn’t mean the mochi ice cream I buy at Trader Joe’s. She meant pounded rice cakes. Hmm. 3. Not such a sweet tradition.
Last week, “R” and I were comparing holiday notes. She told me, “My boyfriend and I met while working on a movie. We decided to watch the movie together every year. We missed it the year it came out, and again last year. But we watched it Christmas Day. The movie was actually pretty good. Turns out to be our new favorite tradition!”
I wanted to tell her, “Um…. if you watch the movie next year, it will be a tradition then.” I firmly believe you can call something a tradition without it being handed down a generation or two; however, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t qualify until you’ve done it at least twice.
All that leads me to my point. I want to start a Campfire Tales tradition of “first post featuring a cool link.” To start off the New Year with a recommended site.
Campfire Tales presents: Washed Ashore
Great website. Awesome cause. (They turn trash found on beaches into sculptures.) I’d tell you more, but their pictures and videos do a much better job.
(P.S. I shared recommendations in this post last year in April — so does that make this post officially a “tradition?”)