Just in case there’s anything to the Mayan calendar’s claim/threat that “it’s the end of the world as we know it” (also a reference to a popular R.E.M. song that I can’t seem to get out of my head this week), I decided to write this blog post a few days early, LOL.
However, I’m betting the blogosphere will still be here on 12-21-12…and that I’ll get to respond to your comments all weekend long. Hope so, anyway!!
I really love holidays and celebrations — not only the events themselves but, also, some of the music and films that highlight the festivities during a particular time of year. As a family, we watch “Holiday Inn” almost every December (it was one of the inspirations for my latest release, Holiday Man — a steamy contemporary romance that takes place over a year of holidays), and we always sing along (often badly) to Bing Crosby’s classic tune, “White Christmas.” Lori Brighton reminded me this week about a long-time holiday favorite: The battling brothers in “The Year Without a Santa Claus” — the singing Snow Miser and Heat Miser. And, oh, how I looked forward to those songs every December when I was a kid!
But, aside from the films and the music…and, yes, the sparkling holiday lights and platters of cookies, too, I’m not a huge traditionalist during this time of year. We celebrate Christmas in our house, so I’ll happily put up a tree and stockings, and I’ll cover the windows with snowflake clings, but a specific set of decorations aren’t required for me to really feel as though Christmas has arrived, and I’m usually excited by the idea of trying something new. Hazelnut biscotti instead of candy canes? Hey, I’m all for it! Pizza for Christmas dinner rather than turkey or ham? Why not?! Skip the present exchange and just make donations to good causes? Oh, yeah…
I have a friend who loves Christmas more than anyone else I know, though. It’s her favorite holiday during the year, and she plans for it, bakes up a storm and decorates every square inch of her house. It’s interesting to me because she’s really into tradition. She always bakes batches of the very same type of delicious cookie. She has a particular menu for her annual holiday party, which stays pretty much the same from year to year. She’s earmarked certain spots in her living room for very specific decorations, and I’ve seen them placed there from one December to the next. That’s what makes the season genuinely Christmastime for her.
So, I’m curious about all of you… Are you big into holiday tradition? Is there a dish you cook or an event you go to or a thing you all do at the end of every year that you feel has to happen or it’s not really the holidays? I’d love to hear about it!!
And, finally, some R.E.M. for your musical enjoyment: