question of the week - Christmas

Christmas is coming, so i thought i'd ask:
// what is your favorite Christmas tradition? and why? //
i'd have to say that for me it was the drive to and from california almost every year. it was just fun to be with family all that time. and it was great to see our extended family too that we hadn't seen in a year. but mostly driving with my family and stopping at our "favorite" spots along the way . . . Biggs, Molly's, our 'big brother David's house', driving through the "grape vine", the Dinosaur. it was great.

i'm not sure exactly where we'd go, but i think i'd like to start a "road trip" tradition with my family now. maybe not in the middle of winter though. and obviously when we're out of debt and can afford to have fun along the way. who knows maybe we'd go to minnesota to visit my sister and some great friends of ours that live there?

so what's your tradition?

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p.s. just in case anybody's wondering what to get me for my birthday (this sunday) or for Christmas . . . i've been fascinated by the Wii. just round up 30 of my favorite friends (or strangers, basically anyone) who would be willing to pitch in $10 each and then head to ebay and snatch one right up! :-)