This prompt asks if we celebrate other traditions during Christmastime such as Kwanza or Hanukkah. Being an American family of German, English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, neither of those holidays are ones which we celebrate. We do have traditions that are tied to the Christmas season, however and they are events which we certainly look forward to each year. At least one or two nights during the weeks preceding Christmas, we try to set aside an evening to watch our favorite Christmas movies. These include every version of "A Christmas Carol" that we can get our hands on. Our favorite by far is Alastair Sims portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge, but we love the new versions with George C. Scott and Patrick Stewart as well. Henry Winkler's "An American Christmas Carol" is special to us as well since it portrays depression-era America. Of course, "It's A Wonderful Life" is not to be missed and we enjoy the Marlo Thomas version "It Happened One Christmas" as well. But, we especially enjoy collecting dvd's and vhs tapes of old, obscure and also favorite television shows. The "I Love Lucy" and "The Honeymooners" Christmas episodes are among our favorites, as are the Jack Benny and Abbott and Costello's holiday shows. Yes, we now know the jokes by heart, but that is half the fun. One favorite video is one we purchased for just a couple of dollars last year. It contains old Christmas toy commercials. How much fun it is to see advertisements for the toys we wanted when we were kids! It sparks wonderful memories and makes for great conversation starters. As a matter of fact, I think it's time to get those movies started! Merry Christmas!
Watch the "I Love Lucy" Christmas Episode here