Some of us have what you might consider traditional "traditions" ... others are more unconventional. However, wherever you fall in the spectrum, a tradition is something to be cherished. Traditions are what binds families together. In times of uncertainty, traditions provide comfort. They take on a meaning that transcends another's understanding of the event.
Besides giving thanks to Christ at mass either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning, we have three Christmas traditions ... The first is our love of the California Raisins Christmas music. We have been groovin' to the California Raisins since, I'm guessing here, but I'd have to say 1992. In 2002, we realized we couldn't find our cassette tape. It was a sad day, until an Ebay seller came to the rescue. In two days, we were again happily singing to our favorite Christmas music. We're still enjoying this music with our kids, who are now 25 and 26 ... and they have shared this tradition with their friends, who look at us like, "Huh?"
Our second Christmas tradition is our love of the movie, The Long Kiss Goodnight, with Geena Davis. I know some people love, "It's a Wonderful Life," but our differences are what makes the world go 'round.
The final Lewis Family Tradition is a Christmas morning breakfast of Lox, Cream Cheese, and Bagels ... with sliced tomato and lots of pepper. Yum!
Whatever your tradition, my wish is that you enjoy them fully in the love and grace of the meaning of Christmas! Ho, Ho, Ho!