There is a commonality shared among many families around Christmas or other special holidays. They have traditions. Long held, choreographed, well-established traditions passed down generation-to-generation, by which they celebrate holidays.
We do not. I like to think of our traditions as non-traditional. Think of it as a Jazz improvisation of Christmas instead of the Handel’s Messiah version.
We like to wing it.
Each year a little different from the year before, much of this determined by the latest cast of characters.
When our daughter Kelsey first joined our non-traditional traditions, it added to the wonder and magic. Christmas consisted of mountains of presents, requiring hours of wrapping, followed by the unforgettable wide-eyed expression as she first saw the gifts.
That was just her first Christmas; it got bigger and more magical after that.
Over the years Kelsey has gone from the small, little, squirming, bundle of wonder into a remarkable young woman.
She stands on the cusp of a new period of her life; she is engaged to an equally remarkable young man. Soon, if they are as fortunate as my wife and I, they will create their own Christmas traditions. Whatever they turn out to be.
This year’s celebration of Christmas Eve consisted of much good food, small gathering of family, and watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas and The Muppets Christmas Carole.
The Muppets have the best lines.
…light the candle, not the rat! Light the candle, not the rat!
I told you, storytellers are omniscient; I know everything!
Hoity-toity, Mr. Godlike Smarty-Pants.
And our personal favorite, which I suppose comes as close to an annual tradition as anything else,
…and Tiny Tim, who did NOT die…
Therefore, our Christmas tradition will continue to vary year to year. Over the next few years we hope to add a few new cast members (subtle hint), and create some new variations on the theme. (No pressure there Kelsey and Charles, take your time, we can wait for a bit)
Our non-traditional tradition always includes wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy whatever it is you do to celebrate this time of year.
….Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men…as Linus would say.