The other day someone asked me if I had any plans for the holidays yet…I must tell you, I feel far too familiar with this question. For years I asked it to client after client (while I was full time behind the chair in my salon) and I would listen to their schedules with genuine interest and attentiveness (ok… I listened to most of their schedules with genuine interest and attentiveness). Some people were fairly simple, going to a family members house, having the big holiday dinner and then heading home, while others held more elaborate family traditions which lasted all day or several days for that matter.
This year as the holidays are fast approaching (just so you know Thanksgiving is one week away… don’t panik but you may want to pull yourself together) and Drew and I are now faced with the daunting and exciting task of “forging our own path”. We have spent the last two Thanksgivings away from home so we aren’t anticipating that being too traumatic, but spending Christmas and New Years away from all of the people who make our holidays warm and bright is another thing entirely.
We are looking forward to spending our first Christmas as a “married couple” (sorry… it’s the anti-typical-married person inside of me, I can’t help it) together and creating our own traditions, but the question remains, what will those traditions look like? Will they involve food? My answer to that is always yes. Possibly a movie or game? I lean toward movie, but I could be swayed. And will we do gifts or simply choose to forgo them and save our pennies for more experiential endeavors. The options are endless.
My family was always very scheduled with “location” traditions. My Dads parents on Christmas eve and his Sisters for Christmas day breakfast (my mom made cream cheese filled cinnamon rolls every year that were to die for!), followed by hors d’oeuvres, gifts, and Christmas dinner at my Moms parents. There was usually a neighborhood caroling/ sledding party at some point during the season and the Christmas concert at church of course. My personal favorite was (and still is) watching certain movies around the holidays. Nowadays I am a big fan of watching movies like White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Love Actually, The Family Stone, and Elf, but the classics of my childhood still tug on my heart strings; I mean, it’s kind of tough to beat a Garfield Christmas, Rudolph in stop motion, Claymation Christmas, and Frosty the Snow Man.
Drews family was a bit more sporadic, family was the focus and other than Christmas dinner, tradition wasn’t the reason for the season. But being so far away we don’t have the comfort of scheduled or family tradition to fill our holidays with cheer. So, it’s time to get inventive. Currently I am leaning toward- Thanksgiving and various holiday parties with friends (a Wassailing party may be needed), Movie marathon with on Christmas eve, some sort of breakfasty tradition on Christmas day followed by?
That is where I get stuck… I am hoping the following weeks will shed some light on this. Until then, what are some of your favorite holiday traditions?