Christmas Traditions

red.jpg I have decidedly mixed feelings about the holidays, but there are some things I like, and certain traditions persist.

1. My winter cleaning. (Done.)
2. Buying flowers in Christmas colors. (Red or white)
3. Playing holiday music. (The best part–that Snoopy and the Red Baron Christmas song! Amahl and the Night Visitors!)
4. The Grace Church Choral Society holiday concert.
5. Christmas decorations. (Sparkly things and colored lights!)

I’ve always fantasized about spending Christmas in New Orleans but once again, I will not be doing that this year.

Does anyone else have fantasies about what you’d do for Christmas if you could do anything you wanted?

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Christmas Traditions

  1. I love that Snoopy and the Red Baron song! I love Christmas music, but mainly the “old” stuff, with great choirs. When I was a kid, my siblings and I couldn’t come down the stairs to see what Santa brought us until my Dad started playing “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In”. I did become very fond of something different a few years ago, a CD I came across called “A Christmas Celtic Soujourn”. Check out Ensemble Choral Du Bout Du Monde. I have always wanted to experience Christmas in NYC or at least visit around that time. Perhaps you can tell me that I’m not missing anything or yes, I really am. I’m not a religous person, but I would love to go some place with a big old church, perhaps in Europe, where I could listen to a beautiful choir on Christmas Eve. I’m so jealous of your cleaning by the way.

  2. There’s no getting around the truth: New York really knows how to do the holidays. Someday you must visit. Endless things to see and do, music in gorgeous places, everything is decorated to perfection, we go all out. Then again, a lot of people get a lot crankier. We’re packed with visitors, forget about getting a cab, lines everywhere.

    Okay, so it goes both ways. That’s my city.

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