i happen to celebrate christmas. when i was growing up, many of the families i knew had a tradition of going to a local performance of g.f. handel's MESSIAH. i always thought that this sounded fun and a sing-along would be perfect for me as i love to sing out loud, but don't know how to carry a tune, so it would be great having my voice covered by the beautiful voices of so many others. after 41 years, i went to my first performance of the MESSIAH with my 14 yr. old daughter the other night. it's was lovely. a large choir and orchestra from my church presented the concert and the church building was packed with people from all walks of life...members and non-members alike. my favorite part was when the whole audience stood during the "HALLELUJAH" chorus. i guess that tradition started back in 1742 at the debut of handel's oratorio, when king george II rose to his feet during the "glorious strains". (who knew) seeing so many people, young and old, come out on a busy sunday evening so close to Christmas was proof to me that there are still folks out there who are searching for peace and for answers and that this season is still about more than just santa claus and presents. i have a new christmas tradition with my daughter now!
what kind of traditions do you have or think are neat? i'd love to know!