Fish, Church, and Movies: Traditions in December
I LOVE Christmas. LOVE IT. My family does, too. Every Christmas Eve we have the Feast of the Seven Fish (and yes, we feast) and every Christmas Day we have Italian wedding soup, antipasto, and bread that is bought at 5 a.m. on Christmas Eve morning from the same shop we’ve been purchasing it from for years. Our traditions don’t just revolve around food (although sometimes it seems like it; no problem with that) – traditions run deep for a lot of holidays in my family, but Christmas is right there at the top of the list. I still can’t go downstairs without my brother on Christmas morning, and I’ve never been doing anything except sitting in a church pew at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It’s odd to think that at some times of some days of the year, I am doing the exact same thing I was doing the previous year, and the year before that, many years back.
One thing that has also stayed constant throughout my childhood and into adulthood is the way music, shows and movies have infiltrated my traditions. Every year when we put up the tree, my family listens to the same mix CD that my brother made one Christmas years ago. I watch the “Chrismukkah” episode of “The O.C.” religiously each December. When Netflix added Love Actually my world was enhanced because I could turn it on at the end of November without even having to get up and put in a DVD.
I’m not going to make a list of the best or worst Christmas movies, because honestly, I don’t think most people would be interested in my list. But from now until Christmas Eve—13 days, time to finish shopping!! I love Christmas shopping—I’ll put a Christmas movie up per day with some tidbit, memory, ranking, or reason why you should/shouldn’t watch it. Sounds vague but it’ll be fun, I promise (what isn’t, this time of year?).