Most of my presents are wrapped, the cards which will be sent are out (so much less than in the early years of my marriage in this digital age of sending greetings via Facebook and email), and today, Dad and I went out to purchase our 2016 hors d’oeuvres. That tradition has been tweaked based upon our audience, and now that we are officially Southerners, we are having a grits-based appetizer prepared by our Louisiana Southern man.
When you were all young, we would pick up Grandma and head to a late-afternoon Christmas Eve mass (except for that year when I forgot her), while Dad remained home to prepare the feast. Afterwards, we would go on the drive to check out the lights and luminaries in Boonton Twp. It was always quite spectacular, and I truly believe that participation in that event must be part of the contract when anyone purchases a home on that street.
This year, we will have our appetizer-feast at lunchtime at our house, so that we can head off to church early to see Bryce sing in the church choir—an event I am anxiously awaiting. I think he will not bolt to his mom and dad, but we will see!
Then they will head home to put out their cookies for Santa. I am wondering if that tradition will be accompanied by music like you all did—“Alvin and the Chipmunks” in the early years followed by the more sophisticated “March of the Toy Soldiers” from the Nutcracker later on. (Check out Cookies for Santa and Such for more details about Christmases in our days of yore.)
Then Dad and I will go home by ourselves this year, and we will settle down to at least one Christmas movie. Will it be one of my favorites (Love Actually or The Holiday), Dad’s Christmas flick (Die Hard), or a classic (The Santa Clause, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life)?
I am not complaining this year. Life is full of changes, and we saw all of you a lot this year. Truly I am good with this. I have nothing to complain about and look forward to another good year and a new hip.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year to all of you. See you in 2017. (You can’t deny that this is the perfect card this year based on the publication of my book!)