Yes, that’s actually me in the photo with Santa. From the way I’m staring at the jolly old man, it looks like I was pretty intent on making sure he understood exactly what I wanted for Christmas.
Finding this photo made me nostalgic for the magical Christmases of my childhood. Have you ever wondered why at a certain point in your life, you seem to lose the magic of Christmas and start to give in to the stress of the season? Suddenly the holidays become all about planning, shopping and just “getting things done.”
In order to combat the stress of the season and try to get back a little of that Christmas magic, I have a few favorite holiday traditions that I stick to each year.
1. MUST WATCH MOVIES – Christmas Vacation, Love Actually, The Family Stone, A Christmas Story
2. MUST HAVE SCENTS – Bath & Bodyworks Fireside candles and Yankee Candles’ Home Sweet Home
3. MUST HAVE TREATS – Chocolate covered cherries, spiced cider and eggnog
4. MUST HAVE PRODUCTS – Philosophy’s Candy Cane body scrub and bath gel
5. MUST DO LIST – The tree in Rockefeller Center, ice-skating in Central Park, the shops at Bryant Park and of course, all the holiday windows
6. MUST SEE TV – Holiday specials from my childhood – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, The Year Without A Santa Claus, The Grinch, and The Charlie Brown Christmas Special
7. MUST HEAR CHRISTMAS SONG – Christmas by Blues Traveler – hands down my favorite Christmas song ever
8. MUST COME AROUND ONCE A YEAR – The WPIX Yule Log. Ever since my first Christmas in New York almost 12 years ago, I look forward to going to sleep on Christmas Eve with the Yule Log blazing on my television. This year, I’m even stalking, um, I mean following, the Yule Log on Twitter.
Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite holiday traditions?
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