December is a month full of holiday traditions.
For me, these holiday traditions include taking time every Sunday night during Advent to light the candles on our Advent wreath, and meditate on the season in their gentle glow. I also set up my “Cecil B. DeMille” Nativity scene, which grows every year as I as add more angels, shepherds and animals from yard sales, flea markets and toy stores. Lori, Robert and I also enjoy an annual family Christmas event together. In past years, it has been an Islanders or Devils hockey game, The Nutcracker, or Wintuk by Cirque du Soleil. This year, we are going to see “Glengarry Glen Ross” with Al Pacino.
Sometimes we start “new” traditions. A few years ago, we started “The Feast of the Seven Shrimp” celebrating Lori’s Italian heritage, but without the clams she is allergic to! This year, a new tradition I plan to add is making from scratch Norwegian rice pudding. (This receipe from The Country Basket sounds terrific.! Click here.) Another Christmas Eve tradition we always observe is put out special treats out for the animals–which in my case will be birds and bunnies, and maybe a deer or two.
What are your holiday traditions this month?