But now, the final pre-holiday weekend crunch arrives. And it's today, my last day before the holiday break, when I can truly start to think about Christmas.
When I think of Christmas I think of . . .
After my husband and I began dating, I began collecting Christmas ornaments from the places we traveled. We now have a nice assortment of mementos from places we explored on weekend getaways, as well as from grand locales around the world. We also have milestone ornaments, like for our first Christmas together (and one for every year thereafter) and now that we're married, special "Just Married" ornaments. We continue to build our collection each year because Christmas is a nice occasion to recall and reflect on the amazing life we have been blessed to live.
Christmas Eve isn't Christmas Eve without pork pie. Some call it tourtiere; others call it meat pie. Regardless of the name or the inclusion of potatoes, this flavorful treat warms the hearts and fills the bellies of French Canadians and their families every year.
3. Rockefeller Center
Yes, there are millions of people. Yes, it's cold. And yes, the lines to skate at Rockefeller Center seem eternal. But, this pilgrimage makes it worth the wait. If you're lucky enough to score tickets, you can make a weekend out of it and see the Rockettes as well. And if you're too far from the Big Apple, play tourist in your own city and see the best of what home has to offer.
4. Charlie Brown's Christmas
When I hear Vince Guaraldi, I know it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everyone has a favorite, and for me, it's Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang.
The dance party is fabulous! What's your stock dance move?
5. A Christmas Carol
Whether we read it or watch it, it's hard to beat Dickens' classic.
Merry Christmas, friends! God bless us, everyone!