by Pam Asberry
Festive traditions come and go, but for most families there are certain rituals that are essential parts of the holidays. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without them.
My family starts right after Thanksgiving dinner with the ceremonial playing of the Chipmunks Christmas CD. It is comforting to know that, no matter where we are, my parents, my brother and his wife, and I are listening to this kitschy music, thinking about each other and remembering Christmases past.
Next, whoever is still at my house Thanksgiving even watches Bill Murray’s Scrooged. I love Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and reread the original every few years. I love the old black and white movie versions and many of the newer incarnations, too. But there is something about Scrooged, hokey ending and all, that totally tickles my Christmas fancy.
Then there is the Nutcracker ballet. I don’t make it to a live performance every year, but when I miss it I feel like I do on the fourth of July when I don’t see a fireworks display. Just this past weekend, I was blessed to attend the Gwinnet Ballet Theatre’s production and watch one of my piano students perform the Arabian Dance. She was, in a word, magnificent. Tears streamed down my cheeks as I watched her on stage. It’s not too late to get tickets for this coming weekend. Click HERE for more information.
And of course there is the food. Most years I experiment with at least a couple of new recipes, but there are a few items that are family favorites. I am in charge of cookies: chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodles, Christmas wine cookies—while my mom makes the candy—fantasy fudge, peanut butter fudge, Hello Dolly squares and “white trash.” You can find recipes for some of these on today’s post at my personal blog (click HERE). And speaking of my personal blog, click HERE to find out more about my newest holiday tradition, guaranteed to make all the rest even sweeter.
What are your family’s favorite holiday traditions? Leave a comment below for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card. However you celebrate, I hope you are having your best December ever!