Until recently, my family has been the modern day equivalent of gypsies. We were academics, moving from grad school to post doc research to research facility, caravanning across America in the search of truth, justice and an even better research grant. Rarely setting down roots for more than a few years, we were proud of the fact that we could pack a house, load a U-haul and unpack the essentials at the other end in under 72 hours not including travel time.
Now though, my hubby—we’ll call him the Doctor (he really is one so this in no way connects to my fetish with all things Doctor Who. Although I will admit the fez has a million possibilities)—has found his dream job and we’ve done something I never thought would happen. We’ve settled. Like settled settled. Like plans to make improvements to the house and do stuff to the yard at some later date settled. This is (OMG) permanent settled.
That’s when Oldest (we’ll refer to her as the Doctor-To-Be and BTW how cool would a female Doctor Who be?) said “Oh goody, we can get some of those Christmas Tradition things that all the other kids talk about? I mean really I’m sure my life isn’t complete without them.”
I think she was being sarcastic. That’s not going to stop me though. Because she’s right. We’re settled now. We have a house. And space. Way too much space most of the time. I can buy knick knacks to decorate because we won’t have to box them up and move them across the country soon. We can own a tree that doesn’t look like it came from a pile that said “Rejected by Charlie Brown Please Take For Free”. I can make the children carol. Even if they don’t want to.
So this year, right after Thanksgiving I sat the family down and said “let’s come up with Christmas Traditions!” Once they were done laughing at me we started thinking of some. We don’t have many yet. Most of them are general Christmas related rules. But they’re ours. So let me know what you think.
1.) Christmas does not begin in our house until December 8th. Oldest has the right to a birthday that hasn’t been taken over by Christmas. (December 7th)
2.) Zoolights at the National Zoo has now become a part of our Christmas. This year we had to go early (Oldest has a swim meet the Saturday after her birthday) but according to the kids Zoolights is a must from now on. A nonnegotiable must. There will be trouble if they don’t get their zoolights.
3.) Christmas Decorating Sunday (Dec. 9th this year) will take a whole day. It will involve the following: trees, Christmas carols blaring over the computer speakers (but not the sucky old ones Mom), decorations and most importantly cookies. Lots of cookies. Most of them chocolate.
4.) The first Christmas movie of the season will be done on Christmas Decorating Day and not a day before. We’re still working out what it will be this year—my vote is Muppet Christmas Carol, the Doctor hasn’t stated, Doctor-to-be is pushing for Elf and Baby Doctor-to-be wants the one with the reindeer and the nose (Rudolf).
5.) Christmas Eve shall now be known as Doctor Who Christmas Special Marathon Day. We’re munching frozen pizza, eating cookies, and watching the Christmas Specials so that the next day we can feel thankful that if an alien disaster comes it’s hitting Britain first.
I have a few more things in mind for the actual day but I want to keep those a secret for now. So, what about you? Any Christmas traditions you can’t do without? Any you think I should adopt?
Tell me about one of your Christmas Traditions in the comments below and I’ll pick one commenter by random number generator and provide you with an e-copy of my debut novel Luck of the Devil in the format of your choice. Contest open internationally, no purchase necessary, blah de blah de blah.