Today I'm linking up with Kelly from Kelly's Korner Blog to talk about Christmas Traditions. Since very early on in our relationship, Sean and I have made it a tradition to go to see a Christmas movie at the beautiful Historic Alabama Theater each year. We both get really excited when they put out the holiday schedule and we choose what movie we will see together. In the past years we have seen White Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis, Holiday Inn, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story, to name a few.
The theater itself is STUNNING. I can not ever get over how beautiful it is and how much history it holds. I truly believe that seeing a film at the Alabama is the way films are meant to be seen. If you have never been before and you live nearby, I strongly encourage you to make the trip. They do film series all year round but Christmas is by far my favorite. You will not be disappointed!
Before the movie begins they play trivia on the big screen about the movie and actors from the film you will be seeing. Then, just prior to the start of the film the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ rises from beneath the floor and theater organist begins to play Christmas carols. They put the words on the big screen so that the patrons can sing along. The organ is MAGNIFICENT. Absolutely wonderful to look at and to listen to. And if you are seeing an old film they generally start with an old Mickey Mouse cartoon short before the start of the film. Every year we go, we sit in the same seats, we enjoy the beautifully decorated theater, the music, the film and best of all the time we are able to spend together.
This year our Christmas will be a little bit different than expected. Last year I was pregnant and I dreamed of our first Christmas as a family. I couldn't wait to continue our traditions and start a few new ones too and when I say that I looked forward to Christmas for the entire year, I am not exaggerating. Last week however, Sean lost his job without warning. To say that we were devastated is an understatement. As I have blogged about in the past, we are a two income family for good reason.
So now, we will be doing the holiday a little differently. There will be traditions, yes. There will be spirit, yes. There will be Christmas, yes.
I have to believe that everything happens for a reason and that God has a plan for us. I know that we tend to get wrapped up in the fun of the holiday and sometimes forget the true meaning of the season and maybe this is just a reminder of that for us.
We will get over this hump eventually and I will be darned if I let in interfere with my child's first Christmas. So, while we will be cutting back in many areas, we WILL be going to the Alabama for a Christmas movie this Thursday! Our choice this year, Home Alone. I am off Friday so it will kick off a weekend of fun (free!) events with the entire family and I am SO EXCITED to finally get to spend some quality time with everyone.
So now I'm off to read about all of your Christmas Traditions! Maybe I will pick up a new one or two along the way!
Blessings to you all, this season and always,
(And I'm ending with a picture of my munchkin that my sister took this weekend because I can't resist...)