As you read this I am probably on the way to a cabin in Vermont with my mother, where my Dad and brother are waiting. And by waiting, I mean likely out skiing and not really waiting for our arrival at all. Tonight we’ll open a bottle (or two) of wine and our Christmas presents, a new tradition started when my younger brother crossed the threshold of 21.
By Amanda DK
Most of us have holiday traditions that we have adhered to since childhood. Watching a particular movie (Albert Finney’s 1970 version of Scrooge). Attending the same neighborhood Christmas Eve fete. My brother and I knew that no matter how early we woke up we would have to say a prayer before our antique nativity scene before we could even see our haul from Santa. When everything else had been torn open, we would always find a Clementine at the bottom of our stockings.
It is impossible to imagine Christmas without these rituals. The first time it was suggested that we maybe open presents on Christmas Eve (rather than Christmas morning), the idea was treated as blasphemy and shot down almost immediately.
Holiday music retains an equally precious place in our hearts. From hymns and carols (“O Come All Ye Faithful”) to modern classics (“All I Want For Christmas Is You”) creating new versions of these old favorites is a delicate proposition. Done incorrectly and the listener feels violated; that scene in The Santa Clause where Scott Calvin is utterly horrified to see Santa Claus ditching his sleigh for a panzer.
By Sierra Drucker and Catherine McNulty
Inspired by a recent viewing of Chocolat, I have decided the best present I could possibly give you Tadpole-ians/Aural Fixation-ites is a recipe that will make an Irish-accented Johnny Depp fall in love with you. Or impress the luminous Juliette Binoche, if that’s what you’d prefer.
It’s time to make Hot Chocolate.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Years, and Happy Festivus (for the rest of us) from Tadpole Audio!
As a holiday treat from me to you, please enjoy a great Christmas track by singer/songwriter, Gaby Moreno, off her impossibly charming A Good Old Christmastime EP.
The holidays are a time of friendly gatherings, a time of joy, a time of cheer, blah blah blah…but, have you ever had one of those kinds of Christmases or holidays? There’s so much storytelling surrounding these traditional celebrations, but what if you don’t feel much like celebrating? There’s a story there too.