Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A Couple New Christmas Traditions

In addition to Lightbulb Day this year, we are starting two other new (to us) holiday traditions.

The first is an idea I am shamelessly taking from a friend of mine (thanks!): new pajamas on Christmas Eve. I've got very cute jammies for the kids (Ryan helped pick his out, because I want him to wear them you know) that they will open on Christmas Eve and then we'll have a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, although lately my children are a bit concerned about large men breaking into the house via the fireplace. Even when they know it's pretend. So possibly we'll read How the Grinch Stole Christmas or even When Washington Crossed the Delaware instead. Then we'll eat some cookies and go to bed. That's Plan A anyway.

The other thing that we are already participating in is singing Christmas carols. I found a radio station that plays Christmas songs 24/7 throughout the month of December, so we've been cranking it up and singing along. Ever so much fun. Reminds me of going caroling when I was younger. "Jingle Bells" seems to be the unanimous favorite, but everybody was really impressed that John Lennon of the actual Beatles had a Christmas song, too. (See Myrhaf for his thoughts on why Lennon's song makes the top 10 rock-n-roll Christmas songs.)

Monica remarked on her blog that she is really enjoying the holiday season this year. So am I. We have a list of the Holiday Things We'd Like To Accomplish, but we are very laid back about when and how they are accomplished, which makes for low stress. It's important for the little ones, too, because they always pick up on the stress of the adults and then everyone is crazy. I don't want our holidays to be remembered by my children as Full of Crazy. I want them to think of Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year's as happy times full of Things We Always Did, and smiling faces, and lights on the house, and songs and cookies, and fun times spent with friends and family.

Here's my favorite Christmas song, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas":

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,

Let your heart be light

From now on,

our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,

Make the Yule-tide gay,

From now on,

our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,

Happy golden days of yore.

Faithful friends who are dear to us

Gather near to us once more.

Through the years

We all will be together,

If the Fates allow

Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.

And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.

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