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:
Any guesses? What if I say 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!
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!!