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Today’s Advent Calendar question is about Christmas and holiday traditions. I celebrate Christmas, so many of my questions here will be about Christmas. However, I recognize that people celebrate other holidays during this month. If you’d rather answer about that holiday, please feel free!
My family had a few official traditions that I’ll talk more about in later posts (have to save something for the next 23 days!), but an unofficial tradition that I remember fondly (but didn’t think was special at the time) was my mom placing an enormous stack of Christmas records on the big record player that we kept in the living room underneath the grandfather clock. After cleaning the house from top to bottom, we would take out all the boxes of Christmas decorations and lay them on the chairs and floor of the living room. While we decorated, the arm of the record player would automatically shift from one record to the next. To me, it was magic that the record player could do it by itself. I’ve been listening to Christmas music for weeks now, and each time an older song comes on (“Sleigh Ride” or “Winter Wonderland” or any of the similar ones) I pause and can almost hear it with the ever-so-faint scritch-scritching of the needle against vinyl.
When I was a child and I was actually experiencing the stack of record-player Christmas music, I would have shrugged. It was just part of life and nothing special. Now, though, I miss it. It makes me long for and enjoy Christmas music as an adult now.
What is an unofficial Christmas tradition from childhood that didn’t seem like much then but is meaningful to you now?