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Traditions. Christmas time for me means so many traditions.
Tradition #1 It starts right after Thanksgiving. Our daughter stays the night at my parents and my husband and I do some Black Friday shopping, usually with my brother and sister-in-law. I liked it more when it started at 4am on Friday. I'd rather start early than stay up late. I don't like this new start at 6pm on Thanksgiving. I'm eating with family at that time. But once Thanksgiving is officially over, we start our shopping. I like that it gives me time to shop with my husband. It's so rare that's it's just the two of us. Friday morning we sleep in and then start wrapping while my daughter is still out of the house!
Tradition #2 All of the Christmas decorations come out the day after Thanksgiving. That weekend the trees come out, the lights are put up outside, the garland is on the banister, and the various other knick knacks and decorations are put up. We're a little late with our trees this year. We bought a new tree and there were decisions to be made. One tree is full of our Disney ornaments. The second tree is everything non-Disney. It ranges from commercial favorites to ornaments I made when I was in school.
Tradition #3 Countdown to Christmas. I bought from a parent a beautiful quilt wall hanging that has an evergreen on it. Everyday in December we add a Christmas pin. It looks like ornaments on the tree. My daughter usually has an advent calendar, too. This year it's Lego Friends.
Tradition #4 It kind of goes along with #3. Every year we give our daughter a Christmas book. This year I gave it to her early - Santa Clauses: Short Poems From the North Pole by Bob Raczka. There's a haiku for everyday in December. We're reading one each night.
Tradition #5 Christmas movies. Each weekend we watch a Christmas movie or two. We watched Polar Express last weekend and the new Toy Story short this weekend. Some other favorites are Elf, Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Frosty, Phineas and Ferb (they always make me laugh) and my husband and I will enjoy National Lampoon. There's more in the collection. We'll see what comes out this year!
Tradition #6 Baking! I haven't started it yet, but that will begin soon. I'm trying to make just a few things. No need to have much around the house.
Tradition #7 Christmas music! It's the only music I listen to this time of year. I eventually get a little tired of it, but December 26 it's off and I don't pull it out again until next year (usually on Nov. 1, but who's counting?) This year I'm enjoying Idina Menzel, Darius Rucker, Pentatonix and Kelly Clarkson.
Although not a tradition, in a couple of weeks, we are going to Chicago for a couple of days. We'll visit Navy Pier's Winterfest, see the windows on State Street and take in a musical, Disney's Newsies! I'd like to visit the Christmas market downtown, too.
As you can see, a lot of family time during the holidays. What are your holiday traditions?