Sometimes new traditions start. Of course, they're not a tradition yet. They are just the essence of a tradition; something memorable that one might want to try next year.
Enter the holiday hippo. This past year, Ricardo made a wooden animal that very much resembles a hippo [at least the face!]. It stood by the fireplace for much of the year. We thought it deserved a showcase for the holidays so we added some butterflies to its teeth, placed holly on its head, made a necklace of amulets, and lit some candles. Voila!