Those Christmas Traditions

I love everything about the Christmas season. It’s a time when I return to the best parts of my childhood, when those long gone from me feel closer than ever, when the promise of Emmanuel is fulfilled yet again.

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the chance to revisit traditions old and new. I love the Dickens of a Christmas festival in Franklin, all the festive lights an decorations at Cheekwood, the overwhelming Opryland Hotel experience, and all the homes and such all lit up for Christmas.

I’m especially thankful for all the traditions after so many of them went away during 2022 and the months following. The old adage that you don’t miss something until it’s gone proved true. But now just about everything is back and I am happy as a kid in a candy store.

I can’t forget all my own personal traditions for the Advent season. I have my list of must-watch movies that I try to fit in to my schedule. I have a list of music that is required listening sometime between Thanksgiving and New Years, including Handel’s Messiah and The Nutcracker.

Plus, there are all the family traditions like egg nog and lasagna on Christmas Eve. Seeing everyone opening their gifts is a tradition that never gets old, no matter how many gifts or years that go by.

What are some of your traditions around Christmas and New Year’s? I might just incorporate them into my 2023 festivities.

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