All who observe Christmas have their traditions. Mine has come to include a Christmas Eve open line with a reference to the enduring “Polar Express.”

“The bell still rings for me,” to quote author Chris Van Allsburg.

Among our many long-standing family rituals is a Christmas Eve dinner of soup and sandwiches. The soup will be homemade, but this year the sandwiches will come from Carnegie Deli. Pastrami for Santa.

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