Saturday, July 23, 2011

So. About Those Cannoli…

Ah, Christmas traditions. The Hunter family has a few, and most I can do without. Like the ginormous polar bear blow-ups on the lawn, or my Hubby dressing up as an elf. (Yep. He really does.) But there is one...a very special one...I couldn't do without.

Every holiday season, the week before Christmas, we pack the kids in the car and head down to Boston. We visit the Frog Pond. We walk the Common and run through the lighted walkways. We pet the police horses, do a little shopping, and of course, grab a Starbucks eggnog latte, or ten. And then we work our way over to the North End, for it's there that Mike's Pastry lives (and can I just say, their pastry is Heaven on earth. Yes. They. Are.)

So, cooler in hand, we buy our Christmas chocolate chip cannoli. Enough for me and Hubby, and one for Santa. Because Santa, he doesn't want stupid cookies. No. He wants chocolate chip cannoli (heavy on the powdered sugar) from Mike's Pastry. Trust me.

And this has been the way, and all has been well—until three years ago, when we walked into Mike's Pastry and there were only 2 chocolate chip cannoli left. Panic erupted. But what can you do? So we grabbed the last two and ran for the New Hampshire border.

That night, as we set out the milk and carrots, my youngest son looked at me, concerned.
"What are we going to do? We don't have enough cannoli for you and Dad and Santa."
I turned, pulled the box out of the fridge, and handed it to him.

"Here," I said. "Dad and I don't need them. Santa can have both."

That's when a blood-curdling shriek erupted from Hubby, and he flew into the kitchen and snatched the box out of his child’s hands.

"You can't do that!" he said. "You can’t waste our cannoli on Santa Claus like that!" He spun and thrust them back into the refrigerator. "Santa will just have to find his own cannoli. These are mine!"


I know.

Anyway, I recovered the cannoli from the fridge. We left it for Santa, and he was incredibly pleased with our sacrifice and generosity. And Hubby, well, I figure one of these days maybe someone, like me, should take pity on him and have "The Talk" with him. He's getting a bit old for this...

Or maybe not. Because I love that man. I do. So much. For being so wonderful and kind and believing in magic long after others have grown cynical to life. Lonnnngggg after. So I don't have the heart to explain it. And really, maybe it's better that way.

After all, it was those cannoli, and his reaction, that were the spark of inspiration for my first holiday romantic comedy, Seriously Serendipity. So I can never tell him now.

So, you tell me—what’s your best, or craziest (!) holiday tradition? Meanwhile, I wish you all a Christmas in July filled with love and hope and faith and magic and the knowledge that sometimes it's just okay to believe long after others have stopped. I wish you all lots of chocolate cannoli too. Especially me. I wish it on me. A lot.

Merry Christmas in July, everyone!


Kelley Hunter is the author of several short stories as well as two novels, Seriously Serendipity and Tipping the Scale of Suckocity. Her writing has also placed in several Romance Writers of America chapter contests. A New England native, she’s a wife, mom, and lackey to four cats. She's also an unrepentant cheat at mini-golf and just a little too fond of chocolate chip cannoli.. All proceeds from her writing are always donated to charity. To read more about her and her writing you can visit her blog, So Seriously.


Bekki Lynn said...

I love it, Kelley! Your husband sounds so fun! And your son, being so selfless -- what a blessing!

Christmas is magic and I'm Santa's helper. I think my guys humor me. I don't have the air bobbles in my yard, but I love my lights and little lighted trees. I dream of having other things...maybe one day. Grandbaby's won't be far down the road, need to share the magic. ;)

Lindsay Townsend said...

Kelly - your husband sounds lovely. Your whole family sound smashing.

The cannoli sound rather good, too.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Savanna Kougar said...

Kelley, you have such a gift for writing this type of humor! Sorry I don't know the correct term for it. But, you made me crack a wide ole smile, and feel so good.

What a wonderful Christmas tradition. I haven't had any good cannoli for a long, long time! Thanks for joining in, and many, many sales.

Kelley said...

Thanks, everyone!

I do love Hubby, so. He's definitely one of the good guys.

Except for that elf costume of his. He wears it to get the mail know.


Many, many cannoli to you all!!!