Holiday Traditions

As the holidays sludge into motion this year, the world spinning in random chaos from every angle, it’s the little things that keep you grounded. For example, we’ve been doing our best to mash away at maintaining the handful of holiday traditions we’ve established in our house.

Last week we set up and decorated a tree, put up lights outside, and started our annual jigsaw puzzle.

The kid and I bought one of those crappy gingerbread house kits and smudged all the inedible parts together into something resembling a gingerbread house.

I’ve been playing Santa’s Elf and doing the 12 days of Christmas with small daily gifts leading up to the big day.

We attended the Candy Cane Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra yesterday and got our fill of holiday music.

And, of course, we’ve been working our way through our small (but growing) collection of cheezy holiday movies, like “The Grinch” or “Elf” or “Home Alone” or (of course) “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.”

We’ll make some cookies this week, finalize our repertoire for a new tradition of playing holiday tunes on our instruments, and probably watch a few more movies.

It’s the little things, but that’s the point isn’t it?