So as we were decorating the tree today my wife and I were talking about what Christmas traditions were our favorite. (Burnt out lights and hyperactive overly excited kids definitely weren’t in the top 10)
10. Light Watching. Come on, you do it too. Drive up in the rich neighborhoods to see all the lights. Here in Utah they go a bit nutso and several cities now have dedicated parks you pay to go into. I like driving through neighborhoods with Christmas tunes blaring but the dedicated parks never does it for me. But my wife loves them so here they go.
9. Playing in the snow. Big snow always seems to come right around the US Thanksgiving. (Being Canadian I have to make that caveat, given that ours is a month earlier) Winter is my favorite season by far and seeing snow makes me extremely happy. My son woke up this morning to the first snow of the season (as ski hills gave thanks) saying, “Daddy, It’s Christmas outside!” I can’t do as much now that I have small kids. (No ice climbing or regular jaunts for back country touring) But I still love it.
8. Hot Chocolate; Spice Apple Juice; Egg Nog. Yeah. The Christmas drinks. Sure you can have hot chocolate any time. But I do the real rich good chocolate with chocolate I make myself. Then I bring it to neighbors. Yum (I use our Madagascar chocolate which has a natural fruity taste)
7. Toy Displays. They don’t do this like they used to except in a few major places. But when I was a kid all the big stores like Sears and Eatons used to have pretty elaborate displays of toys – all functioning. In these days of big box retailers and the internet you don’t see it much anymore. Still, I love it when I see it.
6. Hiding Presents. I just love shopping for others. This year we’re getting new carpet thanks to a son who put a hose in the window well earlier this year. So not a lot of presents this year. But normally I just love trying to figure out the perfect present.
5. Singing Christmas songs. I love them all. Especially Elvis songs. Then I sing them like crazy. Especially Elvis songs which I sing suggestively to my wife. I love singing all these songs even if half the time I’m making up the words.
4. Food. My wife does the turkey thing although when I was younger it was always crepes and rice pudding for breakfast and ham for late afternoon. But it seems like I actually have time to cook with good ingredients and recipes over the holidays.
3. Presents. Yeah, it can’t be #1 but it has to be up there.
2. Putting out the presents. I always go way out in displays. Half wrapped. Half put on display like it was a fantastic toy store. (See #7)
1. The Christmas story. Yeah, you can’t forget the reason for the holiday. We always read Luke 2 Christmas Eve.