New Traditions

As this holiday season winds down, I wanted to write about a fun new tradition my family started that I hope will go the distance. I honestly can’t believe we have never done this before…but we had a Cookie Decorating Day!

I know, I know…many of you are wondering what the big deal is…I mean y’all have done this type of thing for generations, right? But, for whatever reason, we never have. Most of us bake on our own, and each have our “signature” goodies that we share with each other, but this year, I just knew we NEEDED to share this together.

As many of you know, we have always been a close family of women…strong women…we say! And while we do have boys in our family…and we love them dearly…there is just something about the bond we have as girls in our tribe. Multitudes has brought us even closer! It takes a village to run the business and many of those villagers are in the four generations pictured above.

So why this year? And why was this important to me?

  • I love the bond I have with my cousins, and it dawned on me that now that they have their own little girls, we need to make sure that the next generation of girls is a close as we are.
  • I love the stories we tell over and over again that make us laugh till our cheeks hurt, and I love all the crazy new things that seem to always happen to us that make for new hilarious stories…and I want our new generation of girls to hear them all and laugh with us.
  • I love that, although we are different in so many ways, we are so alike in so many ways. Example…we each are prone to breaking out in song and dance at the oddest moments and for no apparent reason at all. My own daughter thought it was a weirdness that only I possessed, until she realized every girl in this family does it…including herself! Being together shows the young ones that they belong, and their weird quirks is actually part of what makes them special.
  • And lastly, this year has come with some health scares that have reminded me once again how important family is, and how lucky we are to have each other!

So, we did it! And it was almost perfect! My beautiful cousin Jamie’s beautiful daughter Ella, was sick, so they couldn’t come…and they were SO missed…but the rest of us…looking relaxed and casually fashionable in our Multitudes, of course…decorated, ate, IMG_4839sang, ate, danced, and ate cookies all afternoon. And, we had so much fun, we vowed to do it again and start a new tradition!

Did you start a new tradition this holiday season…or participate in an age-old favorite one? I hope so! And, I also hope that you each had a wonderful Christmas surrounded by loved ones, and that your gatherings were full of song, dance, laughter, and belonging!

xo-

Kelly

Small Town Girl

I have to admit, I LOVE being considered a “small town girl.” Something about it feels so American; and I attribute much of that feeling to this time of year since our small town knows how to celebrate this Country’s Independence in style!

Many of our homes are decked out in our own red, white, and blue decorations, but as you drive around town you see hundreds of homes with a single American Flag standing proudly in the front easement of their yards. The Rotary Club is responsible for this, and every year I see them, or open my own front door, I am reminded to be grateful for all those who fought so I can live in this Great Land.

In addition to the flags, we have a festival on this day each year called the Crepe Myrtle Festival, and crown a Crepe Myrtle Queen. We host a huge fireworks show and there is always a fun, amazing band playing just before the show begins. And, at precisely 10:00 AM on the fourth, we have an old-timey parade that starts on College Street and slowly moves it’s way down Main Street.

Well, somehow this year, we ended up closing the store and opening our home to friends and family to watch the parade. Molly (my daughter) and I decided to make a bunch of patriotic brunch-y foods, then we served mimosas, pulled out the lawn chairs, and flat-out had ourselves a Parade-Watching Party! It was such a hit, that a new tradition at Multitudes on Main was born!

It was such a blast seeing everyone decked out in fun outfits like the ones below from http://www.mymultitudes.com. It was so fun eating and drinking, and laughing with people we love. It was amazing seeing the parade with its’ funny cars, handmade floats, firetruck sirens, candy-throwing people, horse-trotting sheriffs, and high school band make it’s way just outside my own front door. But mostly, it was amazing celebrating our freedom in this special small town that I call home!_DSC3719