Note: This photo has absolutely nothing to do with this post; I just like it :) It was taken while on a walk in Cheyenne in 2012.
So, my favorite holiday memory! I tried to track down photos to
entertain you embarrass myself with, but apparently we only have videos… on VHS, of course. Aww… too bad ;)
I have no idea how this tradition started, but every year growing up we would have Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinner at my Grandma’s house with all of the aunts, uncles, and cousins. On Thanksgiving, following dinner, while the adults cleaned up ;) we would sit down with paper and a pen and write a script for a Christmas play. There were 5 of us cousins; I say ‘we’ wrote the play, but technically my sister and one of my cousins did most of the writing. I just remember playing under the stairs while throwing out an idea here and there. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we would finish the script, practice our lines, and prepare for the big opening night show for our parents and grandma on Christmas Eve. Each of us played multiple characters (at least an elf and a reindeer plus whatever other characters were needed), so there were a good number of costume changes. My grandma’s house was set in a circle so we could play our scene, run around the other side, change outfits, and come back out. Voices changed to go with the characters, I forgot a lot of my lines, and I can remember there being some pretty awesome plot twists.
As we got older, the desire to humiliate ourselves declined and we eventually stopped the tradition, but I’ll always fondly remember our time spent creating crazy Christmas plays.
Did you ever create holiday plays as a kid? I know we couldn’t have been the only ones doing these silly things :)
Also… if you have kids… put the idea out there; maybe they’ll run with it and give you some awesome entertainment and great memories! :)
Until next time,