Tag Archives: Tradition

A Swedish holiday tradition

23 Dec

St. Lucia crown holiday tradition

Merry Christmas

Carol, is this the 20th year you have made the St. Lucia Crown bread?

Background information from the web:



Friday Photos: Cake

8 Dec

Heavenly!  This year’s Christmas decorations at The Cake Bake Shop in Indianapolis  feature pink roses and swans.  Gail and I shared a pot of Afghan Chai tea in real cups and saucers.  The owners are American entrepreneurs at their best…service, style and quality!  The press release is out announcing the opening their second shop in Carmel, IN.

Carol and Gail

Our December birthdays tradition at the Cake Bake Shop in Indianapolis.


Check this out:  The Cake Bake Shop makes Oprah Winfreys O List!



5 May

My sister intends to wear her son’s birthstone as a pendant in honor of his wedding next month. Our mother recommended a jeweler for the blue topaz pendant.  The selection was made, when it occurred to me that I also have a December birthday.  I should wear my birthstone ring from my grandmother for the wedding.  One thing leads to another.  My ring does not have blue topaz stones.  My ring has aquamarine stones.  That mystery will go unsolved.  However, we learned some amazing facts from Wikipedia.


Both the Old and New Testament make references to 12 stones in Exodus 28:30 (Aaron’s breastplate and the 12 tribes of Israel) and Revelation 21:19-20 (Foundation Stones for New Jerusalem).  I found another relevant passage while reading The Church in the Book of Esther.  Ezekiel 28: 12-15 includes “on the day you were created they were prepared.”

Through the centuries birthstone traditions have evolved.  The link for the Wikipedia reference includes six different lists of birthstones by month.  No wonder we are confused about the correct December birthstone.  Check out the lovely Georgian poems from the 1870s (also in the link).

Aquamarine ring

Aquamarine ring

What is your birthstone? and/or birthstone story?