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Why do holiday traditions matter?
As I prepare to celebrate Christmas with my family, I’ve thought a lot about which traditions matter most to me. I’d have to say my annual tradition of choosing my Christmas theme song is my absolute favorite. This tradition is important because it gives me something to look forward to, it’s my own special thing, and it takes a potentially boring prospect and gives it new life.
Christmas music is special because it can only be played during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every year, I have my own tradition to find my own favorite Christmas theme song. It has to hit just the right tone to capture the essence of the year to be perfect.
While in elementary school, I was obsessed with Johnny Mathis’ version of “Carol of the Bells.” My mom would play the tape in our 1981 Volvo station wagon and my brother and I would harmonize the different choral parts. When it was over, I’d ask her to rewind it and play it again. And again.
I also really loved the Disney version of “Sleigh Ride.” That was a reigning favorite for a long time, especially when Donald Duck called out “yoo hooo hooo.”
In high school, I had two favorites: The Drifters’ version of “White Christmas” from the Home Alone soundtrack and Mariah Carey’s instant classic “All I Want for Christmas is You.” I mean, really, how awesome is that song? It was unlike all of the traditional Christmas music that preceded it.
In my twenties, I loved the sultry “Santa Baby” by the indomitable Eartha Kitt.
My son’s birthday is right around Christmas, so that year my favorite was the Beach Boys breezy tune “Little Saint Nick.”
A few years ago, after a particularly difficult loss, it was Elvis’ classic “Blue Christmas.”
I haven’t quite decided upon this year’s favorite yet, and that’s what makes listening to Christmas music year after year so much fun. This year’s contenders are the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLaughlin’s harmonic version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses. But hey, it’s just not Christmas until I hear “Dominic the Donkey” by Lou Monte.
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Hickory Farms is proud to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Share Our Strength is the leading non-profit organization working to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. To date, the combined support of Hickory Farms and our valuable customers has raised more than $3.3 million. These contributions help provide funding for summer meal programs, emergency food assistance, nutrition education, holiday charitable giving and long-term solutions for families in need.
For each Party Planner gift box sold this holiday season, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.
Hickory Farms has 5 products that they offer free shipping to military APO and FPO addresses, including the “Festive Cheese Sampler” gift basket and “Beef Hearty Hickory” basket.
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