Christmas Traditions

It’s so hard to believe it, but Christmas is one week a way.  2012 is two.  Where has this year gone?

As the holiday inches closer and closer, there are certain Christmas traditions that I absolutely must do.  My house here in D.C. is illuminated with colorful lights, the trees at my Tennessee home are up and decorated, and I’ve been rocking out to Christmas music on Pandora since the day after Thanksgiving.

"Dad, you taught me everything I know about exterior illumination."

Another one of my holiday traditions is making Christmas cookies.  So yesterday, my friend Will came over (I wish I had a picture of his awesome sweater — the lights on the back lit up! — but I don’t) and we had a day full of fun holiday activities.  Using my great-grandmother’s recipe, we baked and decorated sugar cookies (just like I used to do with Aunt Cindy when I was little).  They might not look amazing, but they taste great!

That's talent right there, y'all.

And of course, since this was Will and me, we had to watch that quintessential of holiday movies:

Christmas Vacation.

Oh, don’t act like you don’t love that movie (Mom, I’m looking at you).  In our family, it’s tradition to first watch the movie on the evening after Thanksgiving, while we’re all still gathered in North Carolina.  Armed with shrimp cocktail and homemade Chex Mix, we gather around the little TV at Granny’s and start it up.  My Daddy is usually laughing before the opening title sequence — yeah, we kinda love that movie.

I love that I have family members who I can call up and say something like, “Do you hear that?  It’s a funny squeaky sound.”

And they know how to properly respond.

What are some of your family’s holiday traditions?

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