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LGLWSM Newsletter 019 - Family Traditions - You Can Have My Blue M&M's!
December 12, 2008
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Family Traditions - You Can Have My Blue M&M's!

Family traditions are wonderful part of being in a family. They are what bind a family together and make us all feel closer. In fact, I am traditional about a lot of things! In the greater scheme of things, there are few things that bother me. However, you can have my blue m&m’s.

For me, the ‘blue’ ones, are always a give away or a throw away. If I’m driving down the road, blue ones are usually sent flying out the window. M&M's candies have been around a long time but I just don’t like the blues very much. They just don't taste 'right' to me. They just don't fit into my mold, of what I think they should look like. They aren’t traditional like the green, orange, red, yellow, dark and light brown ones. Whatever happened to the light brown ones I wonder?

Did M&M’s have to go and ruin a good thing? They already had it right! Why did they have to change things? What’s so great about blue anyway?

Traditions are a funny thing. We get used to things being a certain way. We feel comfortable and safe knowing they are there. Just as we get used to things being a certain way, some bright-eyed whippersnapper comes a long and wants to ‘change things’? It’s called advancement and progress! Progress? I say ‘bah humbug’! I liked things the way they were, for crying out loud! I mean, you get you used to one thing, then as sure as the sun comes up in the east everyday, someone decides to make things different and life becomes difficult.

This process happens over and over in our lives. Things change. We scream, we kick, we cuss, but that doesn’t change things back. We might hate the process, but as much as change begrudges us, things never ‘go back’ to the way they were. Once change happens, it’s permanent. We have no control over other’s!

So the question begs. Do we hate changing or do we just like things to remain the same? For me, I don’t mind change if it improves things. But how can you improve green m&m’s? I can’t seem to find any statistics about this anywhere, but according to a forum post that I found, people like one of three colors. Blue, (much to my dismay), green, and brown. Why though? These are questions I can’t answer cause everyone’s different. Maybe you like the blue ones. Maybe you like Post Raisin Bran instead of Kellog’s. Maybe you eat turkey and ham for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Maybe you don’t.

For most of us anyway, it appears that traditions hold the key. What we’ve been exposed to the most, and what we correlate with memories, are the traditions we hold dear. Emotions drive our feelings about traditions. We want to relive wonderful memories with friends, family, and loved ones, so we continue in the ‘tradition’. We can control them too! No one can go and change them on us. What we do is up to us! Hooray!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hannukah, or other religious holidays this time of year, is also traditional. We usually carry on what our parents started. After all, traditions transcend religious and racial boundaries. Everyone has traditions! They are part of the glue that holds us together! The other great thing about traditions is that there are no right or wrong ones. They are what was created for us as children and may evolve over the years, but the basic premise always remains.

Traditions are beneficial to us in several ways. First, they give your family a sense of security. In a world of uncertainty, it’s good to know there are some things you can just depend on and remain the same! Traditions also foster closeness. Lasting memories are formed, and hopefully children will continue the customs in their own homes and make more traditions. By establishing even a few traditions, families help bind themselves together to each other in a way that is not only habit forming, but also most likely important and significant to each individual.

This time of the year, they are especially important to have when families are ultra busy. They help keep your family centered. Families that are unable or unwilling to share traditions lose out on those close feelings and bonds that are made when you carry out traditions. Without something common to bond them together, families are less likely to feel united. They may feel that they have nothing in common with each other, save the fact that biologically they were all brought together.

My own family had many traditions while I was growing up. Some of them happened weekly, monthly, or annually. One weekly tradition was that mom always cooked Sunday dinners and we attended church each Sunday together. These were simple traditions that bonded us as a family. We knew each week what was expected of us. As children, we were not allowed to leave the house on Sunday until after dinner. Those were the rules. Those were our traditions. Just as memorable though, were traditions of hot chocolate and popcorn when it snowed, cooking out burgers on birthdays, or trips to the beach each summer with friends. Traditions need not be complicated. They are usually the smallest, simplest things that mean the most. Traditions need only be repeated once or twice before they reach traditional status.

Although those years are only faded memories now, I realize now how important they really were to me. Each week, month, and year, come rain or shine, I had something that I could depend on to remain the same. They gave me warm fuzzies!

Although my parents and siblings have long passed now, my son and I have created some of our own family traditions, and I have managed to keep some of the same ones that I held with my family BF. (Before Lars.) They are easy-to-do traditions, but we do them just the same. However, they will never include blue m&m’s! You can have ‘em! They don’t fit into my mold of what m&m’s should be! Until Mars company changes them back to their original, traditional colors, I’ll continue to get rid of the blue ones, and keep wishing that they were green instead!

New Traditions

I ran across this recipe while I was looking for something else! I am always looking for ‘good stuff’ to have on Christmas morning, since it’s the only day of the year when I can splurge and wake up and eat junk! Lol I thought it’d be fun to include it. You may want to use it again, so print it out. You might even start a new tradition! This recipe is cheap to buy and easy to make! It’s not very healthy, but what the heck! Once a year for splurges isn’t bad at all!

Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 cans refrigerated biscuits
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins or nuts (these are optional, it's great with or without them)

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-10 inch tube pan.

    2. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a medium sized plastic bag. Cut the biscuits into halves or quarters and place six to eight biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix. Shake well.

    3. Arrange pieces in the bottom of the greased pan. Continue layering until all the biscuit pieces are coated and in the pan. If you are using raisins or nuts, place them among the biscuit pieces as you are layering.

    4. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour over the layered biscuits.

    5. Bake for 35 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. Pull apart and enjoy!

    Icing

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound cream cheese
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

    Directions

  • 1. Allow cream cheese and butter to get to room temperature.

  • 2. Beat butter and cream cheese together in a large bowl with a mixer.

  • 3. Slowly add in the pound of powdered sugar.

  • 4. After all the powdered sugar is added mix for 12 minutes (do not mix less than that).

  • 5. When almost done, add in the extract and lemon juice.

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