Hello Everybody, and Welcome to Judy's House,
Home. There's no place like it. Really. Oh, there may be two or three homes on the block that look alike on the outside, but it's what goes on inside that makes them unique. Each family has its very own customs and traditions. This is glaringly apparent during the holidays.
Here's one of my favorite holiday traditions: I lie under the Christmas tree with a string of colored lights between my teeth, awaiting to be discovered by the children when they come home from school. You see, I'm pretending to have had an electric shock. The children pretend not to see me (especially if they bring a friend home with them). Eventually I get up and announce that I'm fine. The funniest part is that the children STILL pretend not to notice me!
Another custom happens right after the first snow of the season. My husband prepares to go out and shovel our driveway. He flatly refuses to wear gloves and a jacket, saying it "constricts his movement". Every year Dad ventures out into the winter wonderland. Every year we rescue him an hour later, hands stiff and frozen, unable to move his frostbitten body. How's that for constricting his movement?
Our family's favorite evening is Christmas Eve. My mother joins us for a festive home-cooked dinner. Then the kids play their favorite game. It's called "Hide Grandma's Walker". It can go on for hours! Grandma has gotten wise to their antics. She now comes prepared (with overnight bag in hand) should this game go into the wee hours of the morning!
What does your family do? Festivities that occur year in, year out without fail, that make your holidays special.
Face it. It just ain't home without it.
All the best to all of you (and Happy Holidays too!)