“4 am—if I’m ever up that early, it’s because I’m up that late.

It was another one of those what time is it mornings when I first woke up. It was still dark, but when I looked out the window, I saw three houses ablaze with light. It being Sunday and all I figured it was late at night, but I was wrong. It was 4:45. Knowing I was done with sleep, I came downstairs, cranked up the heat and made coffee. It’s far too early for the papers.

Television is interesting this time of the morning. Infomercials rule the air waves. I think my favorite title was Holiday Hair Gain. I watched a bit of The Thing From Another Planet, but I’ve seen that so many times I know a lot of the dialogue. James Arness, though, does make a great Thing or Mr. Thing, I’m not sure of the protocol when it comes to flesh eating aliens. Dante’s Peak is on now. It is one movie which proves the rule that you can kill people but never a dog. The grandmother gets it, but the dog finds refuge and is saved. Obviously I’ve seen this too many times as well. A main character is now talking about how wonderful a town it is for raising children. Good luck with that.

Vampires are out. Their blood sucking days are over. Zombies are in though they are far uglier and tend to be less discriminatory about which parts of the body they enjoy. Zombie actors also come a bit more cheaply: no speaking parts. I think the only directions they get are to drag their feet and try not to drop dangling body parts.

I watch all sorts of Christmas programs. Yesterday I saw a movie I’ve never seen before, Carol for Another Christmas from 1964. It has quite the pedigree as it was written by Rod Serling and has a Henry Mancini score. The movie was made for TV and is a dark version of A Christmas Carol. Peter Sellers appears in a strange role in Christmas future, a devastating future. When I looked up the movie on IMDB, I found out, “Presented without commercial interruptions, this “United Nations Special” was sponsored by the Xerox Corporation, the first of a series of Xerox specials promoting the UN.” I watched all of it without enjoying it much. I was just curious as to how Mr. Grudge would find redemption. Now I don’t need ever to see it again. Give me Alastair Sim every time.

No white Christmas this year. Rain is forecasted. Good think Santa is magical.

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19 Comments on ““4 am—if I’m ever up that early, it’s because I’m up that late.

  1. Hedley Says:

    It’s all done except the cooking. Our Westie version of Richard Parker and I have ventured out, Christmas songs are playing and it’s almost time for a morning of festive Premier League games.
    We have been promised snow for Christmas Eve.

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I have to shop for my Christmas Eve appetizer ingredients: something red, something white and something green. I also need to get my egg nog ingredients. I’ll do that when I finish here.

      I love Christmas music playing!!

      How pretty to get snow on Christmas!!

      • Hedley Says:

        My sister is making nut loaf, and I am making zero contribution slumped on the sofa watching Chelsea and dreaming of Kay Martin.
        The threat is snow on Christmas Eve, we shall see. no sign of the over stimulated Prince but we do have the promise for Christmas Day

  2. Birgit Says:

    Despite 6 hours time difference you are earlier on the computer than me 😉
    I started the day with the usual Sunday noon TV ritual “Shaun the Sheep”, a UK production (not only) for children. This evening (after sewing last Christmas gifts) either “Love Actually” again or a German crime movie. I’ll decide later. A Christmas TV tradition over here is a 30 year old humorous episode by Loriot, a local comedian also known for the “Piano from Massachusetts”. It includes the popular sentence “There used to be more tinsel back then”.

    (Copy-paste:) No white Christmas this year. Rain is forecasted.

    • Kat Says:

      I’d have liked to sleep later, but I went to bed too early for me. I’m chuckling at your two movie choices. They sound like such opposites.

      I like that sentence and will sprinkle it among my comments when I can!

      I’m about to shop for the last time before Christmas then i have stuff to do today, a bit more baking, then tomorrow I’ll need to make my appetizers for our gingerbread house decorating.

      I seem to have everything well in order.

    • im6 Says:

      Birgit… I vote for “Love Actually”. I tend to promote it here every year in hopes of getting more and more people to give it a go. It’s my favorite holiday film and never fails to leave me in a puddle of tears, yet with a smile on my face. Best wishes for a fabulous holiday (and keep the tissues handy if you go with LA as your movie selection).

      • Birgit Says:

        I’ve already seen Love Actually several times. But not this year. And I love it. And I’m prepared: a tissue roll is within reach. Not sure yet …

      • Kat Says:

        I finally saw it and loved it. I would probably not have made the effort except for you. Now you have me promoting it to my friends, tissues and all!

      • Hedley Says:

        So this is the one where the loveable Brit, Hugh Grant is stuck on a lifeboat with a Tiger but Notting Hill wasn’t real and reflected his depression about appearing in About A Boy because he hated Arsenal and thought Nick Hornby was the hyena on the boat. And then he stars in some pirate movie without a parrot or Eric Morecambe impersonation.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I, too, awoke at 4AM but I went back to sleep until 7:30AM which is unusual for me. There was something boring on BookTV at 4AM so that must have been the reason.

    Holiday Hair Gain?

    At the moment, I am watching (listening to) Geologic Journeys with David Suzuki. Another soothing voice telling me a story I don’t really need to watch while doing other things like knitting, reading, surfing the net, and playing with the dog. Most of the info is in the narration and almost all of the video is pretty background to the script. My kind of tv. 🙂

    It’s sunny here and, if it remains so, it will be nice and warm on the front porch. At the moment a couple of inches of snow is still in the forecast for Christmas Day but I’m north of the Mass Pike.

    Enjoy the rest of the day!

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Usually I can go back to sleep, but it wasn’t to be this morning. I flipped around looking for something to watch and ended up watching pieces of all sorts of stuff.

      When the papers got here, I tackled those and it took a few hours for the 3 papers. My sister and I did our usual Sunday call, and now I need to get dressed and out for my last grocery shopping.

      It’s sunny here but the sun seems muted, not bright at all. I’d take an inch or a dusting of snow for Christmas but it is not to be.

      Have a great Sunday!

  4. angi Says:

    Wishing you a day of joy, and a week of pleasant surprises! Merry Christmas!

  5. Bob Says:

    It must be contagious because I was also up at 4:45 or so this morning. I didn’t make coffee, looked at a couple of websites that are based in Europe and went back to bed. Unfortunately, I awoke listening to a story on CBS ‘Sunday Morning’ about a Broadway musical version of the Christmas Story. I hope that they will put that segment on their iPad app later today because it’s my all time favorite Christmas movie.

    When I was a teenager in New York in the early 60s I would listen to Jean Shepherd’s nightly radio program at 11 O’clock on WOR. Many of the scenes in the movie are taken from his old radio shows. Shepherd told stories for a half hour about growing up in Hammond Indiana in the 1930s. They always included his friends Flick and Schwartz. Many of his stories are available in books such as “In god we trust all others pay cash” or “Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories”. There was a sequel called “A Summer Story” which didn’t have the same impact as the Christmas movie. Jean Shepherd was the narrator in both movies.

    A little Shep for the holidays


    Here is a site which many of his radio broadcasts.


    I don’t watch TV in the middle of the night because I can’t stand the infomercials. I don’t need the hair club for men nor do I need another kitchen appliance to cook stuff I don’t like.

    Our forecast for Christmas Day includes rain and a chance of snow flurries or sleet. Global warming certainly makes the holiday weather interesting. Today the high temperature will be about 70 degrees.

    • Kat Says:

      That is far too early to be stirring about! I saw that Peter Billingsley who was Ralphie is the producer of that musical you mentioned.

      I read “In God We Trust All Others Pay Cash” but not any of his other books, and I knew some of it was part of A Christmas Story.

      I usually watch the movie channels late at night or, like today, early in the morning. There are plenty of movie choices. I too hate infomercials.

      Rain here definitely; snow further north of us.

      Thanks for the site, and the great “Duel in the Snow”

  6. olof1 Says:

    I did wake up around that time but turned and fell asleep again, very unusual for me 🙂

    It’s styrange but so far I think they only have shown one Cristmas movie?? at least in the free channels. But I just looked at a film called Cirque du creep, a vampires apprentice. It was made in 2009 and it ended in a way that invites for follow ups but I don’t know if any ever came. It was a nice little movie so I hope they did a continuing.

    Zombies do try to take vampires place at the top but so far they’ve been unsuccessful. I do prefer a creature that can talk 🙂 🙂 🙂

    We’re having a snow storm here right now and it will continue all night and a good part of the morning as well. I better go back to the tv, they are showing The Mummy witn Brendan Frasier on channel six now 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      I’m glad you got back to sleep. It vacation working on your mind!

      The zombies tend to be pretty disgusting looking with gross hanging flesh and no lips. At least vampires are fairly good to look at!

      Lots of Christmas movies here the last couple of days. One station will show A Christmas Story over and over tomorrow and one other station will show only Christmas movies on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day the same station is showing only westerns!

      No show in the forecast here!

      Enjoy your evening!

  7. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Popping in for a moment to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Kat! No snow forecast for here.

    • Kat Says:

      Thank you, Coleen. I also wish for you the Merriest of Christmases and a perfectly wonderful New Year!!

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