My parents always saved the biggest, most expensive presents till last. One year my little brother got his first, it being a giant G.I. Joe aircraft carrier. I immediately made a big stink about how spoiled he was getting such a cool present until my dad rode into the family room on a brand new ten speed mountian bike for me. That brought my mouth closed, reddened my face and got a big laugh from the family.
Going to midnight mass two years in HS with my friends brought me a newfound perspective not only for Christmas but for Catholicism (and new respect).
Finally, I love the tradition we have of watching my three favorite Christmas movies every year: Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, and the George C Scott version of A Christmas Carol.]]>
I think my best Christmas gift was an electric football set. It’s that big, tin, vibrating board with the little plastic players who move down the field. That was some serious fun.]]>