Christmas Traditions

Family, fun, and music make this time of the year special.

As the Christmas season approaches, I look ahead with mixed feelings. Our dad passed away shortly before Christmas of 2004, so it has been a time of quiet reflection for my family. We get together for a post-Christmas celebration.

One of the traditions is we toast our dad. Another one is sometimes we all go out and make snow angels. Yes, some boys never grow up, so some years we have had snowball fights. Sometimes we go to Candy Cane Lane. I always marvel at the displays and we bring donations for the Food Bank.

I sang in the Singing Christmas Tree for about 14 years. I enjoy singing. If you have time, you can join me at Jasper Avenue Inn and Suites (formerly the Hub Hotel) at 9692 Jasper Avenue on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday nights, starting at 6 p.m. to hear me howl at karaoke. There are actually some singers who have awesome voices.

Finally, I wish you all a very merry Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate.

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