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Don't settle for the same old thing this year — try some different traditions. 

We Know What You Did Last Christmas

Richmond, as everyone who lives here knows, is profoundly suspicious of change. We tend to figure that if it was good enough for Traveller (not to mention his rider), it's still good enough for us. The Christmas holidays emphasize our natural tendency to cling to the past by giving us another incentive to reflect on the way things have always been. The holidays give us a chance to connect ourselves to the traditions of our parents and our grandparents. Of course, we shouldn't take all that stuff so seriously. Isn't it time for a change? After all, the jolly Santa Claus we see today was invented by Coca-Cola. And tinsel wasn't around 2,000 years ago. With all that in mind, we herewith present eight Richmond holiday traditions that could use some freshening up. Just because it's Christmastime doesn't mean you have to eat the same foods, go the same places and do the same things. Just remember: Tradition is all very well. But must it be dull? Tinsel and Toolboxes: Every Year: Thalhimers Santa.
This Year: Pleasants Santa Holiday Cheers: Every Year: Christmas Night Movie
This Year: Christmas Night Class Reunion Creative Giving: Every Year: Christmas Mother
This Year: Crossover Clinic, Salvation Army's Silver Bells Program Neighborhood Pageantry: Every Year: Nativity at the Carillon
This Year: Check Out a Church Feast Without Remorse: Every Year: Ham Biscuits
This Year: Foie Gras, Bleu Cheese, Champagne Downtown Rhythm: Every Year: Downtown Reindeer
This Year: 1,000 Drummers Drumming Tasteful Lights: Every Year: Tacky Lights Tour
This Year: Monument Avenue Lights A Wonderful Evening: Every Year: "Wonderful Life" on TV
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