Wednesday, December 12, 2007

TT: 13 Favorite Christmas Traditions

Thirteen FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and here are some of the things I enjoy doing this time of year. I don't do all of them every year, of course, because of budget & time constraints.

1. Midnight Candlelight Mass. I haven't gone since I had kids but this is my absolute favorite service.
2. Sing-along Messiah. I'm not much of a singer, but who cares in this kind of a crowd?
3. The Nutcracker. I can't wait until DD is old enough to go. I considered taking her this year but couldn't find an abridged performance in our area. She's only just turned 5 and the full-length ballet is still a bit long for her attention span.
4. The Christmas Revels. Again, this is something I debated on taking DD to this year, but decided to hold off on.
5. Cookie Exchange. The Boston alumnae group of my sorority always holds a fun one but sadly I'm not visiting my folks for Christmas this year.
6. Ecumenical Christmas Pageant in my hometown. One of my brothers played Joseph one year and my other brother was one of the Magi another year. It's always fun to time how long it takes for them to switch out the real baby for a doll.
7. Photo with Santa. The funniest was the year that my mom-in-law and I took her dog Murphy and my then-10 -week-old DD over to Petco for their "Santa Paws".
8. Ice Skating at the Frog Pond on Boston Common. Another New England tradition I miss!
9. Zoolights at Stone Zoo. Did I mention that I really miss New England this time of year?
10. Growing an Amaryllis. I forgot to buy one early enough this year so it's going to bloom probably in January, LOL!
11. Peppermint Mocha. Preferably from Peet's but I'll take one from Starbucks if one's there.
12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The original TV special, not that awful movie with Jim Carrey!
13. Reading Luke 2:1-20. Does it make me a bad Catholic to prefer the beautiful language of the King James translation here? Obviously, the KJV cannot be used for theological purposes but it's so much more poetic than the NAB or RSV.





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23 comments:

ellen b. said...

Looks like you know how to enjoy Christmas! Blessings..

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Very well done. This is a wonderful time of year. Have a great TT. :)

jenn said...

I like the Jim Carrey Grinch. My kids do too.

Happy tt!

SusieJ said...

Very nice. And about St. Nick in heaven; It's the time/space continuim. Santa has a different time model -- he can kind of be in two places at once.

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Nicholas said...

I hope yo have a wonderful Christmas!

Nicole Austin said...

Watching The Grinch is a big part of Christmas for us. Great list.

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Open Grove Claudia said...

Gosh, most of those I haven't done since my Dad died. What great memories. I do love Christmas Eve mass though....

Happy TT.

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WorksForMom said...

I hope you have a very wonderful and merry Christmas.

Natalie said...

I love Christmas stuff like that too!

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Roth's Rudiments said...

What beautiful traditions! Have yourself a Merry Christmas!

SJ Reidhead said...

I'm laughing because your list is almost the opposite of mine.

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damozel said...

A SING-ALONG Messiah? Now that's a tradition I'd enjoy. I performed in the chorus when I was much younger and I still miss it.

Sounds like a really wonderful set of traditions!The Flatland Almanack --Damozel

Robin said...

Those are lovely traditions. I've always loved New England at Christmastime too. The white lights on the snow are just magical. I'd love to go ice skating, but Israel's only ice rink is 3.5 hours away.

Candy said...

I just got married last year so I'm really looking forward to creating Christmas traditions with my little family. Have a blessed Christmas! :o)

Sandy Carlson said...

You enjoy beautiful traditions. I need to find out about Stone Zoo because I live in New England.

I love the cartoon Grinch. I love Jim Carrey, too, though. Somehow, I think he gets the spirit of the thing. My nephew calls it "the grown-up Grinch." He gets it at the ripe age of five, too!

Sue said...

Cookie exchange ...YUM!!! Great list, and thanks so much for stopping by! :)

MamaArcher said...

those are a lot of great things! I love candlelight communion services!

pjazzypar said...

You have some wonderful traditions here. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy TT.

Tink said...

Finally someone who agrees on me with the Grinch! :-)
Thanks for visiting my best wishes TT.

Susan said...

I so agree! No matter the denomination, the KJV should be required reading at all Christmas services!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I went through the same thing this year with my own daughter and the Nutcracker. I had to remind myself that as eager as I am to share this with her, she's got a long life (I hope) ahead of her.

I didn't buy it. Waiting is too hard sometimes, and life too uncertain.

btw, I'm with you about the Grinch.

Alasandra said...

Thanks for visiting my TT.

The Nutcracker has always been one of my favourite things. In fact after seeing it when I was little I wanted to be a ballerina for the longest time.

Malcolm: said...

Wow, I haven't been ice skating in years. I used to do it quite a bit at the rink that my elementary school had. Since you read my TT of fave Christmas songs (thanks for visiting by the way), you know my feelings about the orig. Grinch TV special.