What is your favorite holiday tradition? Do you have a special food or cake (hopefully not gag-me fruit cake) that you bake? Or a really cool, old, ratty, ornament from First Grade? Or a special get-together with friends from out of town? Or is your tradition not to have any tradition at all?
I’m pretty non-traditional, and I like it that way. Although, I do decorate my house like a crazy woman, and watch A Christmas Story as much as I possibly can, (as of last year I’ve added the leg lamp to my front window.) I do make potato candy (3 ingredients, super easy, always a hit), and sometimes the most amazing rum balls that take six weeks to marinate. That’s only when I’m feeling super inspired though.
There was one solid tradition I had, and I broke it this year. I’m a little bummed, but relieved at the same time. I started a Christmas party thirteen years ago, which had grown to over 200 people, and it would take a month to plan, then a week for me to bake, decorate, etc. It had gotten completely out of control the last few years, so we decided to take 2010 off.
When ER docs that you don’t even know are passing out on your bathroom floor, and end up in the hospital themselves, it’s a sign your party is too successful! When you’re Vera Wang rock’s glasses come up missing and you have to call around the neighborhood to get them back, you know you’ve shared your holiday spirit too much! And when the cops show up, don’t want to arrest anyone for being to loud, and really just wanna stay and party themselves, you know you’ve thrown the absolute most rocking holiday party on the planet! But imagine cleaning up after all that holiday cheer (and broken glass, and sometimes vomit) the week before Christmas. So that’s why I decided to take it easy this year.
They say we trade one obsession for another. So this year, to fill my holiday hole of no big party planning, I recreated my Christmas tree. And it’s not just me, thank God. I’ve taken a survey, and most women change their trees almost every year. I’d have to say that’s a good sign of being non-traditional. All of my homemade ornaments are on my mother’s tree, where they belong. Unfortunately, it’s expensive to recreate your xmas tree’s wardrobe every year, but I see it as a creative outlet. And coming from a fashionista, I’m sure your tree doesn’t want to wear the same outfit every year! This year my tree was inspired from my recent trip to New Orlean’s and it’s decorated with peacock feathers, and some funky birds. I think it’s my favorite tree yet!