By Stacey Wiedower
Author of 30 First Dates, Now a Major Motion Picture, Santa’s Little Mistake (a holiday short story), and How to Look Happy (coming January 7, 2016!)
My favorite holiday tradition is one my husband and I have been doing for years—I’m not even sure how many years! We started it before we had our son, who’s now 9, so more than a decade. On Christmas Eve, we make appetizers for dinner, pour glasses of wine and then pop “Love, Actually” into the DVD player. In the pre-kid era, it was a romantic night to ourselves before the Christmas day family craziness. Now that we’re parents, the tradition has evolved. We have our dinner of apps as a threesome, and once our son is tucked into bed with visions of sugarplums dancing in his head, we turn into Santa and Mrs. Claus and wrap presents while “Love, Actually” plays in the background. I swear I will never tire of that movie … probably in part because we only watch it during the holidays.
We’ve also developed a new, similar tradition in the past couple of years—we did it two nights ago, in fact. While we decorate the Christmas tree, we watch “Christmas Vacation.” That used to be one we’d pop in after the kiddo was in bed, but now that he’s a little older we let him watch it with us. He loves it as much as we do, and no, I don’t feel like a bad mom for letting him watch it—not even during the scene where Chevy Chase screams “Hallelujah! Holy s**t. Where’s the Tylenol?” It’s a classic!
Also during the holidays, we watch our “Charlie Brown Christmas” DVD, along with “Elf,” “White Christmas,” “The Polar Express,” and “Home Alone.” It’s funny how most of our holiday traditions revolve around movie watching, but it’s the one time of year we really take the time to watch movies together. The rest of the year we don’t ever seem to slow down long enough to make it happen. In fact, typing this right now makes me want to pour some Bailey’s into my hot chocolate, turn on the TV and watch a Christmas movie. Cheers, and happy holidays!
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