Every year, I don some gay apparel. Specifically, my Jingle Socks. The Jingle Socks go hand-in-hand with a tradition I've had since 1996 - decorating my Christmas Tree.
I've had the tree since my first year flying solo. I bought the floor model, because I could only afford the floor model, and took it home only to realize I had no ornaments. So I decorated it with candy canes. A friend made me a cross-stitch ornament, with the year on the back and a wee message of love.
And a tradition was born.
Every year, I've added an ornament. Sometimes, they've been gifts. Sometimes, there have been years where multiple ornaments have appeared as people have learned of this tradition. But every year since 1996, there's been more to hang on the tree, and less room for "filler" ornaments like a set of white ornaments I bought in 1997, or more candy canes.
This year? No filler. At all.
When my husband and I first met, I had my tree in my apartment, and his tree in his house - we decorated both, and I explained my tradition to him. He's always had a themed tree, and so when we moved in together we started putting up two trees. My "Nostalgia Tree" and his themed tree - though we've got four or five themes going on now.
This year's themed tree is "Antique" - it's all in brasses, golds, creams and only a dash of red to warm it up a notch. It's beautiful. This year, we're hosting the Christmas party that my husband's friends do every year, and I love the tree as backdrop for the party.
And this year's ornament? A wee little house, with a happy snow-man. See, every year I buy an ornament that reminds me of the year in some way - and this year we paid off our mortgage.
That I have a whole tree I can decorate with good memories is something I hold very close to my heart at this time of year. Traditions should do that - make you happy, and remind you of the good in life.
What traditions do you have?