This Beautiful Inheritance: Home Alone...the embodiment of the Holidays

Friday, December 17, 2010

Home Alone...the embodiment of the Holidays

I was reading Jennifer Pyron's blog post about family traditions and the Holidays, and it got me thinking about some of my own family's. My sister and I are two of the most "traditional traditionalists" I know. There are some things we do just because we always have, yet we still enjoy relish the activities like it's the first time every time.

Prime Example:  Tomorrow my sister and I will watch Home Alone for approximately the 186th time. It's tradition. Every Christmas (along with other times in between) we bust out the old VHS tape, pop it in the VCR, kick back and quote the movie Line-For-Line. For us, Home Alone embodies the Holiday season, and I really don't know if we could celebrate Christmas without it.

As kids, there were lots of other things we did every year, too. I don't know if anyone knows this (mom, dad, sister, anyone...) but every year when I was little, at some point during the holiday season, I would sneak off to my room with my "Twas The Night Before Christmas" book in hand. In the back of our copy, there were a handful of pages of Christmas Carols with all the words and music. And as my own little tradition, I would follow along and sing each and every song, verse for verse. It was my own Christmas ritual, and it always put me in the Holiday Spirit.

My sister probably had more of these "personal rituals" than me (or any other person alive). Every. Single. Year. (until she was like 16, I'm serious) the girl would watch "Spunky's First Christmas," a Christmas cartoon about a little puppy dog. It was probably made for kids ages 3-5, but she broke it out every year (because she always had) to get in the Christmas Spirit.

I actually did find an image for this obscure film at Amazing.

She also put out cookies and milk for Santa until she was about the same age and made a Countdown to Christmas construction paper chain, because... you guessed it... she always had.

As quirky and cheesy as these "traditions" may sound, they made the Holidays the Holidays at our house. While my mom, dad and I may have made fun of my 16-year-old sister for spending time making a construction paper chain, I think we would secretly have been disappointed if she hadn't.

Now as an adult, I've been thinking about how to create a memorable Christmas season for my daughter, one that is rich with tradition that she'll remember year after year. A couple nights ago we drove through the Enchanted Forest of Lights at Sherwood Forest (and loved it!). Maybe that will be one of our traditions. Obviously, I don't think the traditions have to be extravagant or costly. Consistency is the key! If you have any Holiday traditions you'd like to share with me, please leave a comment. In 20 years, I may look back and thank you for suggesting what became the embodiment of our family's Christmas season!

(Editor's note:: This post isn't meant to be taken too seriously...Christ is the real embodiment of Christmas. The rest is just fun fluff! Thanks for reading!)


  1. Aww shucks :) But I must say, I stopped watching Spunky's First Christmas at age 15 actually. Also....oddly enough, I too secretly had the tradition of locking myself in my bedroom and singing every one of those Christmas carols in the back of the book....wierd. Home Alone 1 AND 2 TOMORROW!!!!!! LAKSRJGOLAISDJLGKAJSDFLKGJALDSKJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I loved this post :) and I love Christmas traditions! One thing I started when Dustin and I got married was buying one ornament for our tree that represented us that year! The first one was of course like a wedding one.. the second one was a ornament from Disney World b/c it was the first time either of us had been... not for sure what our third one will be..I have been thinking on it :).. one day I want to have a seperate tree full of memories!

  3. Let's see our traditions always happened on Christmas! No matter how old us kids were my mom always put up a curtain so we couldn't see what Santa brought us in the living room. When she was ready for us she would play Bing Crosby music and we would open presents and have tamales. My own tradition is I have to watch The Grinch with Jim Carrey every year! It's not Christmas without it. Loved this post for sure!

  4. Growing up, we always watched the cartoon version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas every Christmas Eve. And, we also watched Home Alone during that time of year nearly every year. It might be a 90s generation thing that us 20-somethings all loved and connect to Christmas now forever! Loved it. Michael and I now have a little tradition of our own, we always spend a day each holiday season decorating the house and trimming the tree with Christmas music in the background. Then, when we're finally done with all our Christmas decor and outside lights and everything, we make sure to have Christmas treats handy and plop down to watch "A Christmas Vacation" with Chevy Chase. We also do buy ornaments whenever we travel to add to our small collection of ornaments that carry special meaning to us. One day down the road, it'll be a tree that wholly tells the story of us and our family. I don't do the matchy matchy tree ... it's all got to have meaning. :) Great post by the way! def. December Family Chatter worthy.


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