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{christmas tradition} + The Polar Express

December 14, 2011


With each passing day, as the chocolates and little trinkets come out of advent calendars and stores are packed with holiday shoppers, the countdown to Christmas draws closer. Businesses scramble as they try to close out their fiscal year, and items are (hopefully) crossed of wish lists. Presents are wrapped, while little boys and girls go that extra mile to make sure they end up on the nice list.

While the hustle and bustle of the days seem to drag on and on, it’s all made worth while when the one night a year that children are willing to go to sleep finally arrives. Christmas Eve.

Even as I’ve gotten older, I still find myself counting down the days until December 24th. Every year, as far back as I can remember, the Marshall family has two Christmas Eve traditions: driving around town looking at Christmas lights, and reading The Polar Express. {Okay, three. Can’t forget watching 24-hours of A Christmas Story!}

If you aren’t familiar with The Polar Express, it’s a book written by Chris Van Allsburg, that tells the story of “an enchanting train ride on Christmas Eve that takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa.” After returning home from looking at lights, my Dad pulls out the stereo so we can listen to the original cassette with the book narration, read by William Hurt. We all gather around, and turn the pages as we follow along to the aging tape, that seems to get slower each year.

Reading The Polar Express with my family, may be simple, but it helps to remind all of us of the magic of Christmas. And, to quote my favorite holiday book: “Though I’ve grown old the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

What Christmas Eve tradition do you enjoy with your family?

Keep craving what you love —

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 14, 2011 10:35 am

    Amaretto on the rocks, appetizers (including shrimp and bacon wrapped smokies), and owning the rest of my family at Catch Phrase. Love Christmas!!


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