The Soapbox family, like your family, does not live in a Norman Rockwell painting.
Our Christmas traditions run the gamut from Dolly Parton Christmas carols (don’t ask) to an amazing Christmas dinner prepared to perfection by his nibs, Mr Soapbox.
We thought we had all our traditions down pat…and then we discovered Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe.
On Christmas Eve, we had our traditional dinner of pizza & wings, watched “Mini” rearrange the tiles on the Rummykub table to the point where none of us could remember where they went, and then popped The Vinyl Cafe into the CD player.
It was like a scene from the 1940’s. Mr and Ms Soapbox, Mini and Missy huddled in front of the radio, Ziggy the dog conked out in front of the fire. No one said a word while Stuart McLean weaved loopy stories about Dave and Morley, the kids and the Cat. It was perfect.
In that instant The Vinyl Cafe became part of the Soapbox family’s traditional Christmas.
Christmas morning went off without a hitch—except for Ziggy the dog. He found a bone the size of a dinosaur’s femur in his stocking and gnawed his lips raw leaving little flecks of blood on the Oriental rug.
Missy said the best way to get blood out of a carpet is to spit on it. Ms Soapbox does not spit. But she loves her carpets. In a flash she and Missy were on their hands and knees spitting at the flecks and daubing them up. Guess what…it works! Nevertheless, spitting on the carpets will not become a part of the Soapbox family’s traditional Christmas.
What are your traditions? Do you decorate palm trees? Dig around in grab bags hoping not to pick the worst gag gift for once in your life? Have a shot of pálinka before breakfast? Whatever your traditions, I’m sure they bring you joy.
So let’s close with a Ziggy Christmas tradition. In year one most of you couldn’t find him in the Christmas tree. In year two he flopped into a tragic heap at the base of the tree. But this year he’s majestic—proud as a peacock in his goofy paper hat. I think that bodes well for the new year, don’t you?
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Soapbox family. We wish you and yours the very best for 2014!!!