When I was about 10 years old my Aunt Jana decided to have a party....inviting my sisters, myself, and my cousin Basil. She wasn't married yet and had become, over the years, kind of a second mother to her young nieces and nephew. We decorated her Christmas tree, we made little Christmas ornaments (cute little mice in a half walnut shell...I still have it and it hangs on my tree every year), we had dinner and sang Christmas carols and then she tucked us into sleeping bags in the back room for a little cousin sleepover. I don't know if she intended for this day-after-Thanksgiving-party to become an official tradition or not. Obviously we all enjoyed it so much that she did it the next year, and the year after that...until here we are almost 20 years later, still going strong with a whole new generation of "great" nieces and nephews. We don't decorate her tree anymore...she started doing that with her own children after she married my Uncle Craig. And obviously we don't have a grand sleepover either. But we still do a Christmas craft and have a Christmas talent show. We have dinner and pie for dessert. "Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer" plays on the TV downstairs while Christmas music floats through the happy conversations and chatter upstairs. It's a great party and one that we look forward to every year. I'm not sure Christmas could even come without Aunt Jana and Uncle Craig's annual party. It just IS Christmas, you know?