I know New Year's was actually a couple of days ago, but I've been busy. I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year. I always look forward to the start of a new year, it seems so fresh and exciting, unfortunately it usually doesn't take me too long to get bogged down in mundane everyday tasks. I am going to try really hard this year to be better about that. Back to the post title, Fireworks; ever since I was a little kid one tradition in our family was to have fireworks on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. I think I got as excited about the fireworks as I did the actual holiday. Every year a few days before Christmas Eve my dad would go out and buy a huge back of fireworks. On Christmas Eve, my dad, my brother, and me would get bundled up and go out to "blow up the world" as my mom put it. (she never took part). It was so much fun. We usually managed to sneak in a few fireworks between the two holidays. Eventually, my brother got married and moved away. For a few years he would come home for the holidays and we continued our tradition. Then after several more years I moved away, but I always came home for Christmas, and no matter when I arrived home there would be a huge bag of fireworks waiting for me. At this point it was just me and my dad, my brother stopped coming home for the holidays. Then came the first year that there were no fireworks waiting for me, my dad had passed away. I have to admit Christmas just wasn't the same that year. My DH knew that it meant a lot to me so for the last four years he has bought me fireworks. You should have seen me on New Year's Eve, in our yard in suburban Atlanta with my fireworks. It is so much fun. I know it is a silly tradition, but a tradition none the less and I love doing it. What does this have to do with quilting you ask? Well it is a very long introduction to a give away. Edyta Sitar is one of my favorite designers, and she has a great book, called Scrappy Firework Quilts. I think it is so great that I actually bought two of them. I will give one away next Thursday, January 10 to a random person who makes a comment on my blog about one of their family traditions, it doesn't have to be a holiday tradition. I look forward to reading your comments. If you make a post on your blog, your name goes in twice.