Part of marriage is the blending of traditions to make new family traditions. One of the places where this is seen the clearest is in Christmas. There is a give and take.
When Linc and I first met we each had a very specific tradition. At the beginning of Advent I would watch A Muppet Christmas Carol. The weekend before Christmas Linc would watch, MST3K: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Yes, it was ripped on a VHS and featured those old commercial breaks. We made it our tradition to watch both movies. Eventually it morphed into a weekly movie experience. Now our tradition is as follows:
Linc reminded me, early this year, of our list when he said we wanted to add A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Mickey Christmas Carol to it. It made me realize we have surrounded our season with films. Halloween we watch A Nightmare Before Christmas and Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. Christmas Eve we watch, It's a Wonderful Life. It got me thinking, could Advent draw on those movies we love and connect them to a Christian context?
So for Advent we will be going to Hollywood and drawing connections from some of our holiday favorites. This list won't look like my personal family list. I give them to you today so the DVR's can be set, we can pull out the popcorn, and celebrate the Christmas season together.