If doing something two years in a row can be considered a “tradition,” then I shall keep with tradition by singing to myself:

Happy, happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me
And to you

– with thanks and apologies to Cracker

Also a two-year tradition is the celebration of both my father’s birthday (12/21) and mine (12/23) on 12/22, and not just any celebration, but a celebration at a sports bar and arcade. Don’t know exactly why, but since my sister does the coordinating of it all, I don’t complain. I did, after all, get to kick my 14-year-old nephew’s butt at pool, but I didn’t even get to smoke a cigarette while I played, so what fun is that? 😉

Yet another two-year tradition will be the viewing tonight of Elling, one of my all-time favorite movies. It includes what is to me one of the most genuinely touching Christmas moments in any film, and the film overall leaves me with such a feeling of hope that viewing it seems like the perfect Christmas tradition.

That and Die Hard.

In other news, I wrote my first Christmas song yesterday. Karsten and I were thrift-shopping all morning and afternoon (I got a great haul!) and both stores had their radios tuned to the light-rock station that changes formats at Christmastime to all-Christmas, all-the-time. It was a little much, to say the least, but I tried to channel the excess into productive use by carefully studying the formula that makes up a classic Christmas song (while I concentrated on my shopping, too, of course). Then when we got back to my parents’ house, Karsten and I talked it over and deconstructed the “genre” together, which allowed me to whip up a sketch of a new song that we both really like. The real challenge will be for him in trying to write a melody that can be recorded as a contemporary song but which will have a timeless holiday feel.

Still, baby’s first Christmas song! Yay! Here’s hoping the future royalties at least pay for all that extravagant thrift-shopping I did yesterday.

A proliferation of two-year birthday traditions

17 thoughts on “A proliferation of two-year birthday traditions

  • December 23, 2004 at 10:31 am
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    Happy birthday!

    In my family, something is a tradition if it’s been done once. When we were kids, we could get away with almost anything by saying “But it’s a tradition!” Even if we’d only ever done it the year before. We all still do that with any aspect of any holiday or celebration that we want to repeat.

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  • December 23, 2004 at 10:40 am
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    Happy birthday to you. 🙂

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  • December 23, 2004 at 12:02 pm
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    Happy Birthday to YOU!

    And conga-rats on the new Christmas song! Maybe next year we’ll hear it on the radio. 🙂

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  • December 23, 2004 at 12:03 pm
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    That deconstructing of the genre of “Christmas song” with Karsten sounds like so much FUN. I’m so happy that you two can share that sort of thing.

    -J

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  • December 23, 2004 at 12:50 pm
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    Happy birthday to you!

    I read the review of Elling. I had never heard of that movie before. It sounds interesting, though!

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  • December 23, 2004 at 1:43 pm
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    Hey, happy damn birthday. 🙂

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  • December 23, 2004 at 2:01 pm
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    happy birthday! i hope the smurfs don’t find you.

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  • December 23, 2004 at 2:02 pm
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    Thanks!

    Good to know I’m not alone in creating new traditions. 🙂

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  • December 23, 2004 at 2:03 pm
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    Thanks!

    I sure hope so. 😉

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  • December 23, 2004 at 2:03 pm
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    Oh, it was fun. You would’ve loved it, I’m sure. 🙂

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  • December 23, 2004 at 2:03 pm
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    Thanks!

    Yeah, check it out. Wonderful film.

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  • December 23, 2004 at 2:04 pm
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    Thanks very damn much. 🙂

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  • December 23, 2004 at 2:04 pm
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    Thanks! Me too, man, wow. I hadn’t thought of it, but yeah.

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  • December 25, 2004 at 5:01 pm
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    Is While You Were Sleeping.

    Happy belated B-day and Merry Christmas!

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