I think one of my favorite family traditions are "Snowballs." This one stems from my mothers side of the family. In fact, she did it every Christmas with her family and cousins. Snowballs are serious business with serious rules. And there must be strict adherence by all parties! This year I happened to be in charge of making the snowballs so I did them the "Rebecca Way." Actually they were the most delicious we have ever had! Click for the recipe here.
Here is Brock explaining the rules....
In a nutshell...
1. The last person whose candle is lit, wins and gets their wish for the New Year.
2. You can't touch your candle with your fingers, only your spoon or fork.
3. You can't blow out anyone else's candle...but you can try to distract or get them to laugh hysterically thus putting out their own candle.
4. You have to keep eating your ice cream.
5. Keep a detailed historical record.
It takes a lot of concentration....
This year there was a showdown between Brent and my mother. I think the picture tells the story quite lucidly. Don't you?
Better luck next year Mom! Here is a picture of the winning candle. As you can see all that is left is a wick. I love this tradition.
Here are some excerpts from previous years notes...
"Bruce (7) blew out his candle for fear of spreading fire. This is too dangerous Grandma"
"Amy in a sudden fit of laughter exhaled a bit too strongly from her nose and out went her candle"