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Mine Alone

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I don't know about you. . . but I am In The Thick of It here.  It is DEFinitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas, if you know what I mean.

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So.  When I opened up Carole's Ten on Tuesday topic for the week - Favorite Holiday Traditions - I knew I had PLENTY of material to work with.

Most times, when you think about holiday traditions, you think about traditions you share with your family.  And I do have plenty of those!  (See my Thursday posts through the month of December for more on that.)  Just for fun, I decided to throw in a little challenge for myself with this week's Ten on Tuesday. . . and think about Ten Favorite Holiday Traditions. . . That Tend to be Mine Alone! 

Ready?

Here goes!  My SINGULAR favorite holiday traditions:

  1. Kicking off the holiday season by attending my friend, Sandie's Art Open House.  Sandie is a ceramicist/potter.  Every year, she teams up with three other artist pals (a jewelry designer, a painter, and a textile artist) and they host a fabulous show.  This event is my official welcome to the holiday season every year.
  2. Finding the Most Hideous Outdoor Light Display in the Kalamazoo/Portage area.  As I drive around the streets of town on my daily errands, I note the really awful light displays.  Later, after I've determined this year's Most Hideous, I drive my family over to check it out.
  3. Checking my mailbox every day for Christmas cards.  I love to receive Christmas cards (with letters and photos) from my far-away friends.  I don't keep up with most of my old pals EXCEPT at Christmastime, so I really look forward to catching up on their news and their lives.
  4. Watching White Christmas.  This was a long-standing tradition for me and my sister as we grew up.  We still watch . . . but separately, now.   (Tom and the kids have never really caught on to the appeal of White Christmas.)
  5. Eating peppermint ice cream. . . with chocolate sauce!  I love peppermint ice cream.  Did you know it's pretty much impossible to find EXCEPT during the holiday season?  I try to take advantage of its availability during December. 
  6. Breaking out my "Jingle Bells" iPod playlist.  Once December hits, I listen to Christmas music.  (Tom?  Not so much.)
  7. Checking the weather forecast for snow.  I am generally not a weather-watcher, but during December I tend to pay more attention. . . because I love snow in December.
  8. Getting dressed up.  I love getting a little dressed up and heading out to parties and other holiday events.  I break out my sparkly clothes and my holiday earring collection and . . . have a grand time.
  9. Planning holiday meals.  I spend a lot of time dreaming over menus and recipes and planning our dinners . . . and breakfasts.  We have plenty of celebrations at Christmastime (including Tom's birthday, which is just a few days before) -- so I have opportunity galore.
  10. Reading Christmas favorites.  I love to read Christmas classics like O. Henry's Gift of the Magi, Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and Clement C. Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas every year.

Okay.  Now I've got a real craving for some peppermint ice cream!  Do YOU have any singular holiday traditions?

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Beth

Great list! I love peppermint stick ice cream, too. Is there a Trader Joe's near you? They have cookies that taste like you are eating a peppermint stick hot fudge sundae.

Patty

Love your list! Also love getting dressed up and going to holiday gatherings. Makes the season bright! ;-)

Kathy

Christmas Cards!!! Can't believe I left that one off my list. I spent many years making my own. A tradition that had to pass. Love the list.

Vicki

I should have added it to my own list -- my Christmas Eve wrapping party! "Being" Santa was always my thing... I'd wrap and label and fill stockings late into the night (early morning) while watching a movie. The most fun I ever had, though, was listening to an old Steve Martin album I'd picked up at a garage sale the previous summer. A Wild & Crazy Guy and me on Christmas Eve - fun times, I'll tell ya! ; )

Dianne

Great list! Can you believe I have never read Gift of the Magi? I need to add that to my reading list. I too love peppermint ice cream with chocolate sauce. It is a yummy December treat :-)

Marilyn

Is Schwan's Ice Cream in Michigan?? It's got the best peppermint for the holidays!
Getting cards is on the top of my list. Getting ours ready to go, not so much!

Cookie

Now I need ice cream. Thanks, Kym! :p

margene

Smith and I love watching "It's a Wonderful Life"! As many of our traditions were tied to friends and family, this is about the only thing left during the Holiday Season. Peppermint ice cream...I'll pass!

Beverly

Great list! I love White Christmas, too! It always chokes me up! I've been listening to Christmas music on Pandora while I grade.

mk

I love your list!

Mary

great idea to celebrate what's yours alone. marc doesn't do much christmas, so a lot of "our" traditions are really "mine" :-) he does, however, get totally into holiday chickflicks. we've already watched love actually and the holiday!

Carole

I love Peppermint Stick ice cream! There's an ice cream shop in Plymouth that has it year round, thank goodness. I love to watch A Christmas Carol and Miracle on 34th St and It's a Wonderful Life. I haven't seen White Christmas in ages!

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