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Most holidays come with holiday traditions. Every family seems to have them: a set of unique rituals that mark the arrival of a particular holy day.
A feast. An exchange of gifts. Board games. Libations. And with the exception of Festivus, most traditions come with ample amounts of joy. Lots of laughing, a general feeling of excitement, gratitude, and celebration. No matter what the underlying belief system or religious celebration, delight and happiness seem to be a common theme.
Our holiday traditions are almost always low key. Intimate, quiet evenings at home. Why? Because that’s what brings us joy. Well, and also because our families live 2,000 miles away, and we don’t have any children. Even as a child, our family holidays were pretty low key. We didn’t typically travel, and we had a small gathering for dinner.
Yesterday, true to our Christmas Eve tradition, we watched holiday movies while enjoying a delectable spread of appetizers and wine beside a rumbling fire.
It doesn’t get much better than that, in my opinion.
What are your holiday traditions?