By Jamie Rieger
The countdown has begun. The gifts are getting wrapped (and in some cases, they are still at the store waiting for me to buy them), the baking is getting done, and people are packing the line-ups at the grocery stores, buying their turkeys and ingredients for all the fixings as they get ready for Christmas celebrations.
The little ones are getting anxious as they await the arrival of Jolly Old St. Nicholas and the sound of the reindeers’ clop, clop, clop on the rooftops.
They have been working hard on rehearsing for their school plays that will be watched by many proud parents and grandparents.
Many folks have strung their Christmas lights around their houses and yards and light them up as soon as the sun goes down in the west. And many other appreciative folks take evening drives to look at all the brilliantly lit up yards. For many, these little drives are all part of the family traditions that fill the Holiday season.
After the drive, there may be cups of hot chocolate drank as the family sits around the kitchen table playing board games or cards while listening to Christmas tunes.
For most people the Christmas season is filled with celebration, family gatherings, and good tidings.
No matter what the tradition each family has for the Christmas season, it gives one something to look forward to weeks in advance.
For me, I am looking forward to spending a couple of days with my family and another couple doing nothing but putz around the house. I think a lot of people welcome a couple of lull days after the hectic weeks leading up to Christmas.
If you are lucky enough to have family traditions and loved ones to share them with, I hope you will be able to enjoy a few days with them and take a couple of lull days, as well.