Favorite Christmas fruit
Harry & David's Royal Riviera Pears. I slurped one down just a minute ago; that's what gave me the idea for this post.
Favorite Christmas tea
Fortnum & Mason's Christmas Spiced Tea. Extremely fragrant. If you love cloves with cinnamon and orange, this is your yuletide tea.
Favorite Christmas video
A Child's Christmas in Wales. If you love the Dylan Thomas poem, this is the Christmas video for you. I've watched it at least once every Christmas since it came out in 1987. Because the family in the video seemed to be having so much fun with their Christmas "crackers" and silly paper crowns, we adopted that tradition somewhere around 1990.
Favorite Christmas story
The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry. We keep a copy of this, along with several other Christmas stories and poems, on the coffee table for browsing during the Christmas season. Magi is a short and very, very sweet story. Click on the link to read it right now at Project Gutenberg.
Favorite Christmas tree
We drive to a local farm, tramp way out into a snowy field where all you can hear is the wind and your own freezing breath, and cut down a tree. Since he was four or five years old, our Number Two Son has always had the final say on tree selection. Nobody remembers when or why he was given that power. Sometimes traditions don't have clear beginnings, they just are.
This year he chose a white pine. Oh, the fragrance!
Favorite Christmas decorations
Everything that goes on our tree is handmade or special to our family in some way. As we decorate, we reminisce. My favorite tree ornaments are my kids' baby shoes.
Favorite Christmas music
The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky. I'm listening to it right now and remembering that when we attended the ballet last year, Number One Son nudged me in the ribs and gave me a horrified look. I had forgotten where I was--and I was humming.
How about sharing some of your Christmas favorites in the comments?
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