Here we are folks the final part of the trilogy and it's quite the big one. Fall and it's colors are replaced with white and green as winter comes in and we see red and green to blue and silver everywhere and we hear songs of a Holly Jolly Christmas and Chestnuts roasting over an open fire and Santa Clause coming to town we know it's Christmas time. So let's get look at Christmas traditions with a call back to the Thanksgiving article. But on a bigger scale.


Decorating the house



Even though the tree is decorated. That doesn't mean the house is ready for the holiday. So time to decorate and get the whole house in full swing. Inside and out houses are decorated with lights, figures and props, poinsettias and sometimes more than one Christmas tree. A nice way to start off the season. Now lets go from making the house look alot like Christmas to the house smelling and tasting like Christmas.

Christmas Baking



Now that we got the look of the Christmas holiday. Now time to make it smell like Christmas. From baking Christmas cookies to chex mix and candy. It was always nice to come home from school to the smell of cookies baking in the oven as there are some cooling off and ready to be decorated. Which was fun in it's own way. Eating the frosting and a couple cookies. It was always a nice thing to do after school or on a snow day around Christmas. It also got stuff ready for a family tradition that is shared far and wide.

The Family Christmas Party



Yes a tradition that is both fun and at times probably unbearable for some it's the family Christmas party. However as a kid it was always nice to see family with hopes of getting early presents if not more presents then from what was under the tree. It usually was the adults would be sitting down talking and the kids would be running around getting cookies and other treats and playing with their new toys. Though growing up this never changed other then now we are the adults and not the kids and we are there to spend time with family that we may never see again. But it was fun any way you look at it. Though it isn't a Family Gathering without a Christmas dinner. Honey Glazed Ham, Mashed Sweet Potato with Marshmallow topping, Green Beans and to top it off apple pie with a scoop of ice cream and whipped cream. Along with what the rest of the family brings. Though after the party and dinner let's see what's on TV while we eat the leftovers shall we?

Christmas Specials



They play throughout December until Christmas and are repeated at least 3 times a day. Yet even now we still love them. From It's a Merry Christmas Charlie Brown to The Santa Experience from Rugrats if the lights or the parties didn't get you in the spirit Christmas specials will. Short sweet and to the point and gets the message across in less time then movies and I love them. My personal favorites are The Santa Experience from Rugrats and The Hey Arnold Christmas Special to just name a couple outside of the more classic Rankin Bass Specials which most of them are good. But if TV specials aren't your thing there are always Christmas Movies. From timeless classics as It's a Wonderful Life to A Christmas Story and The Muppets Christmas Carol. Christmas movies are longer Christmas specials. But they look nicer and are able to give characters a bit more personality......Most of the time. However most still have the heart and still manage to be guilty pleasures. But wait since this is a 90's holiday article I almost forgot something that was a big deal for us as kids in the 90's.


Christmas Break



As a kid this was our mini summer break a week and a half or two weeks off in some cases to enjoy the snow and playing with what you got for Christmas. Though like with summer break the last day is free day. All the classes have their own Christmas party watching Christmas movies and drinking punch and eating festive cookies and having fun. Gym class would have mats set up as forts and we would play a version of dodge ball with the theme of winter. Usually a fun time and a great way to kick off the weekend and start the the year.


Well that caps off our Trilogy of 90's holidays I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Have a Merry Christmas a happy holiday and a festivus for the rest of us and have a happy new year and remember to Live Life and Live Nostalgic.