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Regrettably for my parents, not one of their children has managed to keep their birthdays straight. It’s not our faults, really. The dates are back-to-back. The 14th and the 15th. Easily inverted. Especially when you add family birthdays on the 13th, the 17th, and the 20th. Throw in Christmas, New Years, and my brother’s anniversary, all following on the figurative heels of Thanksgiving, and December becomes one giant month of cake. Not to say that is a bad thing.

There was something special about heading into the theater to see the Hobbit Saturday night. We said “Happy birthday, Dad” on the way in (9:30)and “Happy birthday, Mom” on the way out (12:30). We ate stir-fry for him Saturday and on Sunday braved the storm and ate lunch out to celebrate her. And in between all these festivities my mom and I (with Sister Kate on Sunday) baked for two days straight. I am not sure it is humanly possible for a family our size to eat the number of cookies we have in production for the holidays. We shall try nobly anyway.

And so it is that Christmas and snow are upon us. I am thankful for a coat that literally zips up above my eyebrows and for a family to play with and love with and celebrate with.

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There is nothing quite like the smell of basil. Nor is there much better than walking into a kitchen full of the smells of baking.

An unexpected snowday was much appreciated. It kept my New York sister, Julie, home another day. It also brought in my local sister, Kate, to my house as her husband spent the day plowing. It canceled our trip to church and left us with a bit of free time. So we watched a black-and-white movie and enjoyed the rest. At one point in the day it was the six original Hodsdons in the house all by ourselves. It was strange not to have spouses or children and yet all of the original family. Felt like we were walking into the Twilight Zone–only in a good way.

Together, we girls made breakfast (including donuts with our new donut-maker) and I baked for tomorrow’s New Years’ Eve party. Kate asked me why I was so passionate about baking. I guess I had never thought much about it, but now that I have I find the self-dissection interesting. I love turning on the music, having thinking space, doing something purposeful, watching something new come to life, and sharing it with others. I love cooking. Guess you learn something new about yourself everyday.

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