A few months ago, my son sat me down and had "the talk" with me. No, not THAT talk (I hope that's still a few years off). I'm referring to the difficult talk every child has to have with their parents explaining to them how their eyes have been opened to certain yuletide realities. This is going to be our first Christmas without a midnight visit from Ol' Saint Nick.
I'll admit I was initially a little bummed about a Christmas without Santa but his absence gives us an opportunity to start a few new holiday traditions. And while I still plan on leaving a plate of cookies out on Christmas Eve (because you never know) and enjoying all of our other rituals like watching "It's A Wonderful Life" ("Get me, I'm giving out WINGS!") and driving around the Quad Cities on Christmas Eve listening to MIX 96 while enjoying all the amazing Christmas light displays, I'm excited to introduce some new traditions.
This Christmas, we're introducing a Weihnachtsgurke. It's a Christmas Pickle ornament you put on your tree. The first person to find it on Christmas morning is supposed to have a year filled with good luck. 2018 is also the first year we've had an Advent Calendar. That's been an enormous hit.
I'm curious if there are any relatively new traditions you're thinking trying out this year. Ugly Sweater Parties? Using your smart speaker to listen to iHeartChristmas? Ice Skating at Bettendorf's Frozen Landing? Any tips you can give me on new ways to make Christmas merry and bright would be greatly appreciated.