Here are some of the things I wait anxiously for each year when the Christmas season rolls around:
Decorating my tree on Nov. 24
A lot of people wait until the day after Thanksgiving to put up their tree. Some wait until Dec. 1. I did not choose Nov. 24 arbitrarily. It's the birthday of a very special friend, Amy. I met her in 2003, shortly after I moved to Texas. Our friendship was full but short-lived, as she passed away in her sleep at the age of 29 in 2006. I can't even put into words the devastation I felt when I lost her. Even though much time has gone by, there is still a hole in my life that I don't think anyone will ever be able to fill. Christmas was her favorite holiday, so each year on her birthday, I put my tree as my way of remembering her. I choose to celebrate her birthday and not dwell on the day she died (even though I know that date well) because I prefer to think of her full of life.
Oh, and did I mention my tree is entirely decked out in baseball/Texas Rangers decorations? Because it is. Red and blue lights and orbs, baseball cards, and various baseball and Rangers-related ornaments adorn my tree. It's topped with a Texas Rangers santa hat, and I made the baseball tree skirt. I love it!
Riding through Jolly Holiday Lights with a particular group of friends
Kringla and Lefsa
Watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" on Christmas Eve with my family
Forget "A Christmas Story" or "It's a Wonderful Life." The Griswolds are where it's at. I can quote the entire thing, but I never get tired of this movie. And choosing a favorite line or scene is impossible.
The thing about traditions is that they don't belong to anyone else. They don't have to make sense to anyone else. They can be all yours.
Be sure to check out the traditions of some of my other blogger friends:
Sarah Hartley Slice of Heaven
Chaotic and Collected
What are you favorite Christmas traditions?