We're going to be heading down to London on Christmas Eve, so the next two days will be spent packing and making sure I don't forget anything that Serena might need while we are gone. Babies use so much stuff in a day! This will be our longest trip with Serena. So far we've only gone to Edinburgh, Loch Fyne, and Manchester. This will be our longest train ride. Wish us luck!

In the mean time, I have to decide what movies we will be watching over Christmas. Traditionally we've always watched The Godfather I and II, but the last couple years we've branched out a little. The only rule is that they must have at least one scene set during the holidays or be Star Wars.

Last year we watched Die Hard 2: Die Harder; It's a Wonderful Life; Lethal Weapon; Batman Returns; Bell, Book And Candle (such a great film - Kim Novak, Jimmy Stewart and Jack Lemmon, romantic comedy and witches - what more could you ask for?) and The Apartment (another great Jack Lemmon film - this one also has Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray - but prepare to be sad).

This year, my list includes Gremlins (always a Christmas favourite); 8 Women (French musical with Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart, Fanny Ardant and Virginie Ledoyen - are you kidding me?); Trading Places, because I haven't seen it in ages, Eastern Promises, because I love David Cronenberg and I still haven't seen this one; Rare Exports and The Long Kiss Goodnight because Geena Davis and Samuel L Jackson have great chemistry.

I guess the films constitute a tradition of sorts. My mom passed away in 2005 - she had been the driving force behind our Christmases, so ever since then, it has been a changing landscape of half formed traditions and just kind of going with the flow. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I've been thinking about what traditions I could pass on to her. I guess these things develop over time, usually by happy accident. I guess it will be a matter of living our lives with Serena, year after year, and holding on to the moments and the activities that we enjoy. So I guess we'll see. What holiday traditions do you have? Did they develop organically? Or did they get handed down from a parent or grandparent?

This will probably be my last blog entry until after Christmas, so I wanted to say happy holidays!

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