It’s that time of year again. The time of year when the older generations pass down Christmas traditions to the younger generations. Food, decorations, religious ceremony, ABC Family movie marathon: however you choose to celebrate is yours and yours alone. And what delight, to pass it along to the blossoming young pups, looking to soak it all up like sponges.
Well, readers, I have a few of my very own Christmas traditions. Some of them are what most would consider normal. Others….not so much. Today, I’d like to share them with you.
My Top Five Must Complete Before XMAS Traditions (In No Particular Order).
Because it’s funny, heart-warming, and nerd-tastic, all in the same episode of “The Big Bang Theory.”
A little background: Earlier in the episode, Penny tells Sheldon she’s gotten him a gift for Christmas. Sheldon is less than thrilled, because now he feels it’s his obligation to get her a gift of equal value. Confused by the entire “gift-exchange” idea, he ends up purchasing several options so that he’s sure to have the perfect gift for Penny. Enjoy.
Number three: Bust out some groovy Christmas tunes.
I love all the classics: Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis. I love a lot of newer stuff, too: Josh Groban, The Barlow Girls, Sarah Mclachlan. And you know I have the New Kids on the Block Christmas album. But for a few of my MOST favorites? Harry Connick, Jr’s “Harry for the Holidays,” The Jackson 5 “Ultimate Christmas Collection,” and Chris Botti, “December.”
But it’s just not Christmas at my house without Straight, No Chaser. Best. Christmas Album. Ever. So much so that I couldn’t choose just one video. Sorry.
Number two: Make a giant list of all the things we want for Christmas…
…knowing all too well that most of them are way too expensive to afford. This year’s list toppers are a Camaro for Brian, and a small island off the coast of Florida for me.
Anyone want to give us a bazillion dollars?
And finally, Number One, and possibly my favorite holiday tradition to date: Elf Yourself.
And no, I don’t mean that as an insult.
I’m talking about that genius little website associated with Office Max, powered by JibJab.
It’s the greatest thing since eggnog. And so easy, too! Just find a few pictures of you and your favorite friends, follow the easy instructions, and create the funniest darn video this side of an Abby Gabs video blog.
Inevitably, you’ll make a couple to send to your nearest and dearest. I always do, every year. But my favorite one always turns out to be the video I fill with the most random pictures I can find.
And today, you lucky reader you, I’m sharing an Abby Gabs themed Elf Yourself video with you. Happy Laughing.
Now that’s what I call tradition. HA!
Author’s Note: I swear, I didn’t have anything to do with the order they chose for the dance above. I did, however, choose to have Donnie Wahlberg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Optimus Prime dance a holiday jig with Brian and me. It’s a personal preference thing.