Christmas is my favorite holiday, besides my birthday. My family has great traditions connected with Christmas, and I thought I would share some of them on the blog.
Christmas lights are awesome. My dad thinks they look like Las Vegas, I think they look pretty and show holiday spirit. Here are my favorites I’ve seen so far this year (sorry it’s blurry, I was in a car!)
How many strings of lights did it take to cover that tree??
My absolute, all-time favorite Christmas movie is A Muppet Christmas Carol. I’ve watched this movie dozens of times because it came out the same year I was born. I watch it more than once each holiday season, which my parents are surprisingly good sports about. Up until last year, I had never seen a production of A Christmas Carol that didn’t include Muppets. I was a very sentimental child (and remain a sentimental adult), so the “When Love is Gone” song always makes me cry (I cried watching this on Saturday). Scrooge had such a sad life.
Another notable achievement of this movie is the introduction of the first Dementor. Who knew that J.K. Rowling modeled her terrible, soul-sucking creatures from a giant puppet of the Ghost of Christmas yet to come? But seriously, look at the resemblance:
Anyway, this is a wonderful movie, and if you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend it.
Another of my favorite family traditions is decorating our Christmas tree together when I get home. Well, really my mom and I decorate it while my dad watches and hangs out with us. Christmas trees aren’t as big of a deal in Germany; they go up on Christmas Eve and the kids usually don’t have anything to do with it. I love how our tree turned out this year!
Music is a huge part of my life, so it stands to reason that it has always been a big part of my Christmas. Neither of my parents are big into pop music, and I think it’s safe to say that both of them find most holiday pop music nauseating. Even so, I enjoy some renditions. Mostly though, we listen to classical carols and hymns sung by the Roger Wagner Chorale, Chanticleer, and my own high school choir CDs. If you like classical music and have never heard Chanticleer sing, you are seriously missing out! They are so great live. You can listen to recordings of them here.
This year, we went to a friend’s annual Soup & Singing gathering for the first time. It was so fun! There were tons of people eating soup, drinking wine, and singing Christmas songs, all awesome things! It was a very festive event.
Wrapping, giving, and opening presents are all favorite traditions of mine. This year isn’t a big gift Christmas for us, but I’m still giving some presents that I’m really excited about! I got everything, including the cat, wrapped yesterday.
I can’t wait to spend time with family, both related to me and chosen, during the next few days. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas/whatever you celebrate/totally regular day!