Holiday Traditions

Our family is very big on traditions.  At the start of my hubs and my relationship, we unknowingly started our very first tradition.  Our first date was on the evening of Thanksgiving.  We went to see a movie.  Thus began an approximately 10 year tradition of always going out to see a movie after having Thanksgiving dinner with the family.  It was such a tradition that the entire family knew that we would always be going out to see a movie, and would ask us what we were seeing that night every time we saw them at Thanksgiving.  Sadly, that tradition is no more since after having kids, it was just too difficult to always go out to a movie on Thanksgiving night.  Also, we both grew tired of it.  It started to feel more like an obligation than a fun tradition, and truthfully, we were getting old and tired, and really just wanted to go home and have some pie.

But, we still have many traditions that are going strong.  We always go cut down a Christmas Tree, we always have the entire family over to our house on Christmas Eve for dinner, we always have breakfast with his parents and we always go to his sister’s house for Christmas dinner and have the best lasagna in the world.  The hubs waits for that lasagna all year.  It is delish.

Another tradition the hubs and I have on Christmas day actually started just a few years ago, and by chance.  After we returned from stuffing ourselves full of lasagna at his sister’s house, got the kids all tucked into bed and finally collapsed from an exhaustingly festive day, we turned on the television and discovered that one of the all time best holiday movies ever made was just starting.  So, that year, we sat there, completely stuffed and exhausted, and watched that movie.  What is the movie, you ask?  Well, here’s a hint:

Snow, Snow, SNOW, SNOOOWWWW!!!

Any guesses?  What if I say Sisters?

Sisters. Sisters.

That’s right, I’m talking about the classic Christmas movie . . . Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.  Personally, I think this movie has everything:  Humor, holiday spirit, fine acting, singing, dancing, a misunderstanding that eventually turns around in the end, and love and happily ever after for the main characters.  It is the perfect holiday movie.

The hubs and I make it a point to avoid watching this until Christmas has officially come and almost gone.  We have been known to be watching this movie well into the day after Christmas.  Actually, to clarify, I will usually be watching it; the hubs usually falls asleep about half way through.  I am the type that once I start watching a movie, I have to watch it until the end.  The hubs is Mr. Lights Out when a movie comes on.  He tries to stay awake, but it is indeed a long day, so I don’t blame him.  I would fall asleep if I could, but somehow am not able to.  I just have to see the end.

Anyway, if you have never seen the movie, or if it has been years since you have watched it in it’s entirety, I urge you to sit down sometime this holiday season and watch this fantastic film.  Get yourself a holiday beverage (or 2 or 3), and enjoy this romping holiday classic.  Word to the wise, though . . . you may want to skip over the Mandy number.  It is just my personal opinion, but I think the movie could do without this one.  It is pretty long and glaring, and those legs of Vera-Ellen are just freakishly skinny.  I’ve seen the movie a dozen or more times, and I still watch and think they are just gonna snap any second with all that kicking and bending and dancing.  Jeesh.  That girl was in serious need of a sammich!

I'm dreaming . . . of a White Christmas!

So, what is your favorite holiday tradition?  What do you do every single year without fail?  What is your favorite holiday movie?


Ok, apparently y’all were scared off by that stalking comment in last week’s post.  I really don’t wanna stalk you.  But I do want to send Christmas cards to you.  So far I have only received 3 addresses.  Three, people!  I am feeling very unloved.  So, since I know you want a card from me, Imma gonna need ya to inbox me those addresses so I can send out cards this week (this is my goal).  mistyslaws at gmail dot com.  Come on, peeps.  I know you want one!!


40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Leauxra
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 11:20:42

    I watch White Christmas, A Christmas Story, Nightmare before Christmas, Bad Santa, Scrooged, and Love Actually. Oh, and the Best of SNL Christmas Specials. Oh, and Miracle on 34th Street. And It’s a Wonderful Life.

    Yeah, OK, I am a sucker for Christmas movies. It’s the only time of year I can watch something I’ve seen about 9000 times and no one thinks I’m weird.


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 14:49:49

      Wow! How do you find time to watch all those movies? I’m lucky if I get to see one or two each year. People think you are weird when you watch the same movies over and over? Ask me how many times I’ve seen Breakfast Club, Say Anything or Princess Bride. That’s right, too damn many times to count and enough times to know every damn word and not afraid to quote the entire movie and piss everyone in the room right the hell off, that’s how many! 🙂


  2. Jen
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 12:02:09

    You already have my address so MAKE WITH THE CARD!!!! 🙂 Every year we do the big-ass meal on Christmas Eve and then on Christmas Day we go to a movie and out for Chinese food. And of course, there’s the annual “passing of the guilt” that my mom performs without fail.

    My favorite Christmas movie is ‘The Ref’. Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, and a fuckload of inappropriate humor. If you haven’t seen it, get thee to a NetFlix STAT!!!


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 14:52:41

      Oh don’t you worry . . . I have something special planned for you ma dear. Bwahahahahaha!!

      My mom will not be here for Christmas so I get to avoid the guilt pass. I am not at all sorry about that.

      I HEART The Ref so much!! That movie is just the best. The dinner scene with the candle hats melting and the passive agression and yelling and threats? Fabulous. Now Imma gonna have to go watch that again.


  3. Vesta Vayne
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 12:07:17

    Aw, I love me some Christmas traditions.

    My husband and I blow up the air mattress and park it in front of the television in the living room. The dogs crawl in too and we watch movies all day long. I’m a sucker for Edward Scissorhands.


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 14:57:26

      Ah yes, good ole Eddie Scissorhands. That’s another one I haven’t watched in years. But I truly love your tradition. Well played, ma’am. Well played.


  4. povertyanddeath
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 12:17:46

    The only christmas movie…………..hey: is your page SNOWING? That is very cool. Anyway, I love Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation. It’s what i like to watch every year. I should watch some others though so if your WHite Christmas is on netflix, I will definitely hit it up.
    I have no traditions left. I am in what I call my second mommyhood, having raised up one kid and now having two more under age 6, I got fuckin tired of the whole outside decorating and real tree shit, but will have to start er up again soon when the kids are old enough to care. The onyl thing I do reigiously that I ACTAULLY did not do this year, is set up my beloved Christmas viallage that I have had for a trillion years.
    I am a total Christmas card chick which reminds me I need to facebook my wall to get my addresses as well. Such is the way of the world these days! I know we just “met” but, well, apparently there are not many card senders left in the world…i used to start getting them in November and would have enough to go around one whole doorway and thus far I have received none: unless you count the one from the car dealership and the vet. Anyway, i would love to exchange careds with you and am too lazy to copy/paste emails plus I don’t mind stalkers, so heres my addy if you have a card to spare: M. Petrie/647 State St./Watertown NY 13601.


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 15:03:02

      Yep, snowing. Very cool.

      That is one of the all time Classic Christmas Comedies. Love Chevy in that.

      Thanks for the address. Card pending arrival. 🙂


  5. Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 12:39:41

    I like A Christmas Story, Scrooged, Christmas Vacation, Elf, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and the ORIGINAL animated The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I try and cram all of them in the month of December.

    Vesta, I also love Edward Scissorhands. And Jen, The Ref is next in my Netflix queue!


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 15:05:06

      All completely fantastic movies. There are so many really great Christmas themed movies, aren’t there? And then you have to Hallmark and Lifetime channel ones. Fail.


  6. lisa from insignificant at best
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 15:53:32

    I’m looking forward to you stalking me and have been waiting for it rather impatiently since I gave you my addess. Just sayin’

    As for all time favorite Christmas movies, I have 3 (in order):
    1. Christmas Vacation
    2. A Christmas Story
    3. Elf

    I’m apparently a Chirsmas comedy fan.


  7. cornfedgirl
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 18:55:41

    I haven’t gotten my card yet. What the hell?
    Just kidding, all of mine (through K) are addressed and sitting in a bag. I actually should be addressing more now, but here I am.
    I like Holiday Inn and It’s a Wonderful Life, but my all-time favorite is Christmas Vacation- cuz I’m a Klassy Bitch.


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 15:17:15

      That’s what I’m always telling people. You are one Klassy Bitch!

      I am working on them! Get off my back, day-um. I actually try to get about 10-15 done a night (for family and friends as well) and get them out as they are done. Makes me less crazy that way. Well, it doesn’t add any more crazy, I guess. )


  8. karen something (@karensomething1)
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 18:58:02

    I usually watch Scrooged, but I get very excited for It’s A Wonderful Life. Ah Jimmy Stewart–such good old fashioned handsome.


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 15:19:30

      Scrooged is fine Christmas comedy. Love all the old movies with the 70’s SNL stars. They just made such hilarious flix. Jimmy Stewart just never did it for me, so he’s all yours. 🙂


  9. lazysubculturalgirl
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 19:24:44

    We have a Christmas Vacation tradition — whenever the holidays start to drive us batshit, the Hubs and I watch Christmas Vacation with liquor in hand. SO many of the expressions have passed into our regular vocabulary:

    “He’s holding out for a management position.”
    “I don’t know what to tell you, but it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery.”
    “It’s a bit nippily out.”
    “Shitting rocks.”
    “I know, Art. Thank you for noticing.”
    “We’re gonna have the best g-dd-mn Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye!”

    The only other non-animated Christmas movies I like are Love, Actually and A Christmas Carol (the Patrick Stewart one, although I have a soft spot for the Muppet Christmas Carol).

    Our other Christmas traditions include the annual cookie decorating party (four families, ten kids, complete mayhem) and going to my grandmother’s for Christmas Eve cookies, pizza and gifts. Oh, and the kids have to stay in bed until 6 am — I got that tradition from my mom. I would have been all “Tree party, 4 am!” otherwise.


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 15:25:22

      I say “it’s a bit nipply out” all the damn time.

      Forgot about this one . . . perfect for this post, eh? “We’re gonna have the best g-dd-mn Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye!” 🙂

      A lot of people have mentioned Love, Actually. I remember seeing it and remember liking it, but don’t especially remember it being a Christmas themed movie. I mostly remember the guy at the door (Keira Knightly’s?) with the cards. That was sweet.

      So, 6 am is late in your house? Wow, you have some early rising kids. The kids get up but know they are not allowed to go downstairs until we get up, and that works, at least for now. I always want to be there with the camera to catch their faces. Eh, we’ll see how long that lasts.


  10. Wag the Dad
    Dec 14, 2011 @ 07:39:12

    I’m dreaming of a palm tree and pina colada christmas, ’cause I’m going to FLORIDA in three days, y’all.

    White Christmas is usually grey when it’s white because of the city pollution, except when it hasn’t snowed and then it’s normal-colored.


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 15:29:42

      YOU ARE COMING TO THE STATES??? Damn, why don’t I live closer to Florida? I would totally stalk your ass! Ahem, I mean I would plan a nice respectable dinner with you and your family along with my own. Yeah, that’s what I meant.

      Have fun in the warm sunshine. Think about Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen dancing on docks and overturned boats while you are there. You know, for me.


  11. hoodyhoo
    Dec 14, 2011 @ 07:41:22

    Further proof that the adoption process took! Dear Sweet Mama ALSO ritually watch “White Christmas” every year — and proceed to sing all the songs in public to the intense embarrassment of friends and family!


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 15:31:43

      Sisters. Sisters. There were never such devoted Sisters . . . God help the Mister, who comes between me and my sister . . . and god help the sister, who comes between me and my MANNNNN!! 🙂

      Get it out of your head now. I dare you. 😀

      Sis. :p


  12. thoughtsappear
    Dec 14, 2011 @ 09:23:35

    I’ve never seen all of that movie. I’ve only seen bits and pieces. I guess I’ll have to watch it.

    We’re having lasagna for Christmas, too. I’m soooooo excited.


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 15:32:27

      It is a fantastic movie, start to finish (like I said, except for that damn Mandy part). But really, watch it.

      I love me some Lasagna. Great holiday tradition.


  13. socialassassin
    Dec 14, 2011 @ 17:31:43

    I also have a christmas tradition I follow like clockwork every year. I get up really early on Christmas Day and leave my family, wife and children sleeping whilst I struggle through inclement weather and lack of public transport to work, where I cook my 9,7563rd Turkey dinner of December for a bunch of rich, drunken inconsiderate bastards who are too hammered to give a flying rat’s ass, then repeat my struggle home again to a house in rack and ruin, wade through a sea of wrapping paper and wonder for the nineteeth time if maybe next year I should go sick on Christmas Eve. I don’t have a favourite christmas film, but if I did it would probably be Michael Douglas in Falling Down 😉


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 15:38:26

      Well then. Aren’t you all Mr. Holly Jolly Fa la la? That does really suck, though. Maybe you are coming down with something truly horrid and extremely communicable. I mean, you wouldn’t want those rich fucktards to catch anything that might ruin their golf games, right? It would be the most considerate thing for you to do to just stay home and rest up.

      Oh, and Falling Down is truly a heartwarming Christmas classic. :p


  14. Danielle Geer (@deathbycupakes)
    Dec 14, 2011 @ 18:57:23

    Christmas traditions are totally the best. So many of ours have gone by the wayside since the boys went and grew up on me (the nerve!) but I still remember them and yearn for them and wish I could turn back time.

    My youngest son, Brennan (22), will be with us on Christmas this year and he asked me, “Mom, do I still get a stocking?”
    Me: “Do you still believe in Santa?”
    Brennan: “Yes.”

    Of course he gets a stocking.


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 15:42:06

      And here I thought you were fondly remembering and yearning for your kids. Did you forget about them instead?

      Um, I still get a stocking. And I’m a grinch.


  15. Danielle Geer (@deathbycupakes)
    Dec 14, 2011 @ 18:58:22

    To clarify: By “remember them” I mean the traditions, not my kids.

    I don’t know why I felt the need to point that out, but it bugged me when I re-read it. And no I’m NOT OCD.


  16. Charity
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 14:30:40

    We tend to go to the movies on Thanksgiving and Christmas, too. It’s never very crowded! 😀


  17. Jo
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 17:32:47

    I am weeping for the sorrow that is the returned e-mail (that was begging for a Christmas card) that says “permanently undeliverable”.

    I’m now having a Blue, Blue Blue Christmas.

    I love the classic Christmas movies, but my favorite is still Mixed Nuts for the whack factor.


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 16, 2011 @ 10:27:05

      “Permanently undeliverable?” Wow, that sounds really, um, permanent. But how can they know? (btw, got the email . . . card a-comin’).

      I have never seen Mixed Nuts! I will have to remedy this situation poste haste.


      • Jo
        Dec 21, 2011 @ 20:14:58

        I got my card today and did a happy-I-got-my-card-today dance and and then gave you a shout-out on my post today! THANK YOU and just so you know….someone removed the one million dollar check that you sent me. I know…I was disappointed, too.


  18. elizabeth- flourishinprogress
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 18:17:08

    Every year, we go to Hallmark the day after Christmas to buy ornaments at a deeply discounted price. When I was a single mom, I would let Cal pick one and I would also pick one. In total, it would be about 20 bucks and something new to put on the tree the next year. Now, (well, except for last year), we make it family event with the three of us and buy a few more.

    Emailing you with my addy!


    • mistyslaws
      Dec 16, 2011 @ 10:29:15

      That is a fantastic tradition!! I also like to peruse the aisles after christmas for half price merch. It is actually how I have a huge storage box full of christmas cards. I do this for Halloween as well. I now have a platinum blonde wig. It was $2. How could I NOT buy it. You just never know when you might need one, right? Right?

      I am giddy with excitement to send my first ever something to 90210!!! Yes, I am a big dork. 🙂


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