One of the fun things about selling vintage Christmas items is imagining all the holidays those items have seen. How were they used in holiday traditions? That's kind of a fertile ground for thought: Holiday Traditions. Most of us have some variation on them. For example, I haven't yet posted the Hardrock, Cocoa, and Joe video, which has become one of my traditions for the blog. The certainly do fit in with the vintage theme, don't they?
I'm thinking a lot about those holiday traditions these days, since a few of them have come to an end. There won't be a gift exchange with my mother this year the Saturday before Christmas, followed by a trip to the breakfast buffet. I'm still having a harder time dealing with that than I would like to admit.
When I was a kid, about the first grade, I made a Christmas Eve devotional in Sunday School. It was a pretty simple deal: Sing "Away in a Manger." Pray. Sing your favorite carol. (I chose "Deck the Halls.) Read the Christmas story. It was written on a piece of construction paper and decorated with crayon drawings and Christmas stickers. Mom kept it tucked in her Bible and, every year, we would do it on Xmas Eve before we opened presents (another family tradition). Even after she and I had both moved past our church days, we kept it up. It was a sweet little part of our Christmas. It bothers me that I have no idea what happened to it.
Some traditions tend to evolve over the years, even here at the blog. Usually, I bring up Suzy Snowflake at about the same time Hardrock comes out. This year, I present a slightly more modern version of Suzy:
If her Exorcist-style spinning head creeps you out, here's a more traditional version:
What are some of your traditions?