Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is upon us! While it can sometimes be overwhelming to realize how much there is to get done between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I do love this time of year. What I love most are the traditions—the anticipation of doing certain things every year is both comforting yet also exciting. The tradition that officially marks the beginning of the holiday season for me is watching the movie Elf with my family, usually sometime right after Thanksgiving. This ritual actually started somewhat accidentally one year when we hosted Thanksgiving at our house. As we all sat around in that post-meal daze, we popped in the movie and, forever more, watching that funny film marks the official transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas for me.

When December comes, I know we will make a trip out to the Elgin Tree Farm to get a tree and then stop at Southside Market for some BBQ before coming home to decorate the tree. I also know that I need to order quiches from Upper Crust Bakery so we can have them for breakfast Christmas morning. When I was growing up, we always ate breakfast between opening our stocking and tree presents, so when our kids were little, we knew we needed a quick and easy, but appropriately festive, breakfast because they were NOT going to wait patiently for some home cooked breakfast with a tree full of presents waiting.

Some of our traditions are things we brought with us from our childhoods, and some are things that we have added and stuck with because we have come to love them.  I guess that’s why the anticipation of them is almost as good as the traditions themselves.

I’d love to hear about your family holiday traditions, whether they’re ones that have been cultivated over generations or you have added, either intentionally or unintentionally. And, as this month’s Item of Value, I want to help you enjoy the season a little more by winning dinner and a movie, on me. Just go to and register for the opportunity to pick up tickets to Alamo Drafthouse as a special treat for you and your loved ones. If a movie outing during the holidays isn’t something you already look forward to, perhaps it can become a new, stress-free holiday tradition!


It’s a good life! 



Hannah Vaughan 


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