Friday, November 24, 2006

Holiday Traditions

Here in my family we hold to certain traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation Although some of the traditions are more contemporary than others, we simply add these to the mix and make certain that they are upheld every year.

Traditions are rights of civilization that are to be maintained. Traditions bind us as family, make us remember the past and are to be handed down to future generations so they will not forget to remember us.

Many cultures have their own traditions. Here in the USA we aspire that our Christmas be just like the picture from a Currier and Ives greeting card, complete with snow, a one-horse-open sleigh, a country estate with a warm fire in the hearth.

Perhaps that was the case for rich families of yesteryear. Today's Christmas card should be a picture of a cheesebox home on the cul-de-sac of a suburban street with dirty snow from vehicle exhaust and ice melting chemicals piled up on the parked car, because Christmas today looks more like a panel from a Mad Magazine cartoon, than a water color from Messrs. Currier & Ives.

For you I provide the traditions of my family as they have been handed down to me.

1. The Cleaning of The House

2. The burning of the rolls. (This is mandatory on Thanksgiving and Christmas)

3. The Anguish of the Shopping

4. The Spilling of The Iced Tea.
(This too is mandatory on Thanksgiving and Christmas)

5. The Stealing of the Baby Jesus from the Creche.

6. The Watching of The Football

And of course our holiday is not complete without...

7. The Disappointment of the Children

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