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‘Tis the season

November 2, 2009

by Jenni Sebora

This Halloween, I chaperoned a witch, a baby, and, of course, a grotesque creature.

My youngest daughter transformed into a witch as her choice of Halloween costume. She was a fancy witch with a snake (rubber) around her neck, because, as she proclaimed, “witches always have pets,” – even “fancy” ones.

My fourth grade daughter agreed to my suggestion of dressing as a baby. This costume purchase did not “bust the bank.” The only thing I had to purchase was a “nuk.” She was clad in pajamas, slippers, robe, and blankie.

It doesn’t get a whole lot easier than that, and it was very appropriate apparel for the weather, which required some layers.

My eldest, my son, just had fun wardrobed in black attire with some Halloween creature mask. As is our tradition, we did our trick or treating by hay wagon and tractor.

With the weather usually cold, we all huddle together on the wagon sitting on hay bales covered with blankets. It is truly one of my favorite evenings of the year.

As a child, I enjoyed many Halloween evenings along with my twin brother and many of my nieces and nephews, who are near in age to me. For many Halloweens, we would all meet at my sister’s home and clamor out from her house with costumes, flashlights, and our safe tricks we had in mind. There were usually about 10 or more of us making our way around to all of the homes that were lit with Halloween welcomes.

When we would get back to her home, we would all park it on her living room floor, empty our buckets, and barter and trade some goodies amongst us.

Now that I am a mother, each year my children make their way out with their cousins as well and enjoy the same Halloween traditions as I did.

As the holiday season is upon us, so are the sharing of the valued traditions that families and friends share. Traditions are extremely important. Traditions provide us safety, security, love, connectedness, and hope.

Thanksgiving is certainly a time of tradition, maybe some old, and maybe the beginning of new ones. Baking may be a large part of many families’ holiday traditions. Here is a fun recipe that you could maybe add to your holiday activities.

I found this cute Thanksgiving cupcake recipe a few years ago in “FamilyFun” magazine, November 2006.

These are sweet turkeys. You will need: cupcakes (whatever flavor your family enjoys), chocolate frosting, three oval shortbread cookies (e.g. Keebler Sandies Right Bites Shortbread), six to 10 candy corn pieces, and possibly a red fruit roll up or a piece of red licorice.

Frost the cupcake, then press a cookie head in about the middle of the cupcake and two cookie wings to the side.

Press the tips of the candy corn in a row or two in the back of the cupcake, for the tail feathers. Add a dot of chocolate frosting to the shortbread head for the eye.

Cut the white tip from a piece of candy corn and press it in place by the head for the beak of the turkey. Lastly, add the red wattle. Roll a small piece of the red candy (Fruit by the Foot, etc.) or the small piece of licorice and place it over the beak.

This recipe certainly allows for little hands to help out in some way, whether frosting or adding the turkey parts, or helping with the actual cupcake baking.

Happy traditions!