Holiday Traditions

Tis the season and all that, so we’re celebrating some favorite traditions: procrastinating, cursing the high cost of overnight shipping, and listening to some traditional holiday music.

Growing up, there was some debate in our house about what was traditional holiday music. This came up after we told Mom that we were looking forward to trimming the tree while listening to traditional holiday tuneage: the music from the Peanuts Christmas special. She was thinking more along the lines of “White Christmas” or “The Christmas Song” or even “Santa Baby.”

No, Mom, that’s old music, not traditional music.

Yeah, it was a fun debate like that, but we–Mom and I at least, I can’t speak for the other kids–eventually agreed on traditional holiday music in the only way possible. We selected a new song that we both loved: Santa Claus and His Old Lady by Cheech and Chong. So that’s been playing along with all of the other (mostly) worthwhile traditional music from Dr. Demento’s Greatest Christmas Novelty CD and, of course, the tunes from A Charlie Brown Christmas, which Mama and I will probably get around to watching sometime in January.

The other kids did inherit our parents’ love of music. Over on his blog, Brother #2 has put together a nice Christmas photo with a sorta’ traditional Christmas song that I’d like to believe Mom would have liked, since getting everyone together was more important to her than any other holiday tradition. There are some new traditional tunes, however, that I’m digging on that Mom might not have found so amusing, like the ones Boutros likes so much. (You Macophiles might have to find the SNL clip on YouTube–the NBC site played the ad but not the clip for me.)

But I do think Mom would have liked this charming tale of a child setting up and filming a creche that demonstrates his deep understanding of the true meaning of Christmas. For as many good laughs as Mama and I have shared over the Christmas pageant scene in A Prayer for Owen Meany, you know that we love that tale . . . “RUN, BABY JESUS! RUN!”

Yes, run, because if you don’t get to the post office tonight, you’ll have to pay for overnight shipping tomorrow.

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  • tee hee …

    (now i’m gonna’ have to pull out that book and read it again – i haven’t gone through it in at least six months!)

  • Anonymous

    Make sure you go to Itunes and get Phil Spectors title A Christmas gift for you. Its all the great wall of sound groups and its my new tradition.

    TCB on Riff and Phil.

  • Oh, I love Owen Meany! I actually try to give it as a gift whenever I can.

    One of our new traditions now is to ready selections from the David Sedaris “Martinis on Ice” at Christmas time. Funny, funny stuff. I’ll have to share the pageant scene with my mom this weekend!