It is also a time for dozens of Christmas movies that all have the same plot, just different locations and names. However, that is for another post.
Tradition as in the family Christmas trees. Pictures follow. These are unique to our family. Why, because of the special ornaments. In our family, my parents gave my sister and me a new special ornament to hang on the tree every Christmas. In fact, in my parents's home, we needed two trees after a couple of decades of this tradition. Some of the ornaments were home made. Others reflect the personality of the individual to whom the ornament is given. After we decorate our tree, I know it is ours and could not go into anyone else's home. My sister and wife continue this fun tradition.
Creating as in these bags my niece made for my kids. These bags held the ornaments she made for them in class. Her ornaments were certainly beautiful, but I really like the bags.
Fun as in playing a game, like Monopoly. The kids are playing as we prepare the Christmas Eve dinner. My sister and I played a round with them. My advice, show no mercy to anyone, especially family.
The guiding lights (my sister and wife) are the keepers and they build on traditions handed down from current and past family members. My wife and sister are the ones who remember, remind, reinforce, revise, and rework these traditions. It is likely a strong and vibrant passion they both have. My family is fortunate. I am very grateful that I have not one, but two bright and shining lights.