Pardon my Parton

I love traditions. And, the holidays are an excellent time to bring out those long loved traditions that we hold near and dear. Twirling in your office endlessly, while listening to Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas,” for instance.

Don’t judge and don’t ask me to turn it down. It’s a sure sign that the holidays have arrived. Instead, either join in, or compliment me on how much my voice sounds EXACTLY like Dolly’s!

One of my family’s annual holiday traditions is touring Arlington Antebellum Home in Birmingham. Built in the 1800’s by one of the founders of the City, it’s filled with history and beautiful architecture. When it’s decorated for Christmas, it makes you want to throw on a petticoat, bustle and extremely constricting Colonial attire, kick your knickers up, and do a waltz or two.


The holidays are a great time to form new traditions. My tiny family of four (2 dogs, a husband and me) started a Christmas breakfast tradition a few years ago that has been fairly successful, mainly because it includes mimosas… and what better way to open gifts on Christmas morning than with a teensy weensy champagne buzz?

We didn’t really have anything to call our own until we started that tradition. It’s nice to have something that feels special and that we can keep to ourselves.

If you don’t already have a holiday tradition going, I challenge you to start one this year. Bonus points if it involves champagne!

Thoughts? I'd love to hear them!