“I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man.”

North of me is the winter wonderland. My sister, outside of Boston, got either 10 or 11 inches of snow. We got torrential rain all night. I could hear it on the roof. I have no idea why but heavy rain triggers the sensor lights in the backyard, the ones geared for Gracie, to go on. They stay on until the morning light triggers them to turn off. This is the second time it has happened. The first time I thought some giant animal had burrowed into the yard, but after 15 minutes, when the lights didn’t go out, I figured it was either a very patient animal casing the yard for dinner or some weird problem with the lights.

My errands yesterday were fruitful. I found two small trees, one smaller than the other but both perfect. They are now standing in the corner of the living room waiting to be decorated, but my back is bad so that may not happen until tomorrow, but I don’t mind the wait. The trees are lovely even without the lights and decorations.

I am not traveling north to see the play. My sister said it is miserable up there, really cold and dark, and when you add my back to the mix, staying home sounds like the better choice. I’ll watch Christmas movies and drink egg nog. I just watched Reginald Owen’s A Christmas Carol and now I’m watching the Muppets get their chance at Scrooge’s rehabilitation. It doesn’t matter how many times I see this movie I love it every time.

Christmas still has wonder no matter how old you are. I love the lights on my house, and I drive by the house sometimes just to look and to admire the view. I’m sure my neighbors, should they catch me, might think it strange. If I’m on the road and a house covered in lights catches my attention, I deviate my route just to see it. On my official light tour, I stop at Dunkin’ Donuts first for hot cocoa. Christmas music now plays the whole time I’m in the car. I sing along. I sit on the couch in the living room to read so I won’t miss a single minute of the tree. The season is short enough as it is. My two sisters always have live trees. I think it is built into our genetic code. They fill their houses with Christmas just as I do and my mother did. I remember she’d come down for the weekend, and we’d go shopping. She’d buy an ornament and say, “That’s it, no more ornaments. I have enough for several trees.” Well, she always bought more and always declared it the last. I have a couple of new ones this year. One is the official 2013 World Series ornament. The other is a sand dollar made from pottery.

It’s egg nog time!

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19 Comments on ““I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Good decision not going north if the roads are bad and Your back is too. Since I have small trees now days I tend to have them potted so I can use them for several years and then plant them in my garden.

    Orvar tends to kill all cypresses I buy, I don’t know why but he simply musdt pee on them till they die 🙂 🙂 He never does that with a spruce, just cypresses 🙂

    I actually brought down the old travel bag and brought out a few of the old decorations to have around the pot. One or two opf them are actually around 150 years old. I got them from an old lady that had made them when she was a kid and she was 81 when I got them and I was 6 years old. They aren’t valuable to anyone but me because she was the one teaching me the clock 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I just hate missing out on this tradition of seeing a play started by my mother. My sister has a copy of the tickets so she’ll take her husband. I usually take her out to dinner after but she won’t go. I told her I’d come up later in the week, bring her the presents and take her out to dinner.

      Gracie is a ground pee dog being a girl so she doesn’t kill anything as the backyard has no grass.

      I always put the old decorations on the tree. They were on my tree when I was a kid and they are a huge part of my Christmas memories. Like yours, they are valuable only to me.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    Of course you need a 2013 World Series ornament on your tree. If the Rangers ever win the series I think people will have entire Texas Ranger Christmas trees. 🙂

    Sorry to hear that your back is acting up and I hope you have some good pharmaceuticals to ease the pain. Of course in a pinch, very well spiked egg nog will do the trick. It’s not the Christmas season without seeing one of the many versions of “A Christmas Carol”. “White Christmas, Holiday Inn and It’s a Wonderful Life” are perennial favorites but the Christmas part is just secondary to the story. Besides Ralph Parker of “The Christmas Story” Scrooge is one of my favorite characters. I work for a company of Scrooge style managers. This year for the fifth year in a row they will not have an adult Christmas party at a hotel for the employees. When I went to work there in 1990 the company was in chapter 11 bankruptcy, before being bought by the current owners, and we had a company Christmas party. The party is really for the spouses who have put up with our instructor’s working double shifts without extra pay, crazy changing schedules including working the back side of the clock. But management only cares about making their numbers and getting their year end bonuses. A Christmas party at a hotel might put that in jeopardy. Bah Humbug to the Christmas party. 🙁

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I understand the Texas Ranger tree. I have a Red Sox small batting helmet ornament and another from 2004, their first World Series win. They always go on the tree.

      I haven’t many left but I did use a couple of those pharmaceuticals you mentioned when I woke up so my back feels much better now.

      White Christmas and Holiday Inn are also favorites of mine. I watched White Christmas the other night as well as The Bishop’s Wife, another one I love. I don’t care how many times I’ve seen them. I watch them again every Christmas time.

      Your managers should take the lesson from Fezziwig. His parties cost little money but they were worth gold to his clerks, like Scrooge. The good will they’d build is worth more than money!

      • Bob Says:

        The problem is that many of our managers come from our simulator manufacturing facility in Montreal. They live down the road from McGill University and hire lots of brand new Computer Science grads cheaply every January and June. They can all do the basic coding job required in manufacturing, they work them literally until they drop and most of them quite within a year. Unfortunately, our instructors are not so easy or cheap to replace. But the “law of primacy” is alive and well. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I would think instructors are more difficult to replace than computer people hence the quick turnarounds and the rule of primacy.

        Maybe even these computer people do get something out of this: real experience they can turn around and use to get another, better job.

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  4. im6 Says:

    Sorry you’re still not feeling “up to snuff” as they say around here. I think you just need to dance. Here’s one of my favorite holiday tunes from my very favorite holiday album:

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      You have so brightened my day. You know how much I love Ella, and this is a great song!!

      Thank you!!!

    • Birgit Says:

      im6,
      Thanks for the Tinsel Tunes! Last night I finally had time for disc 2. I enjoyed listening to this funny cheerful mix, though I skipped a few disco-like songs. It was funny to see the Roches (my most played Christmas album) between all those songs. Favorite new-to-me song: Happy Holiday by Keen.

      • im6 Says:

        What?! You mean Wayne Newton doing the hustle and The Village People discoing with Santa Claus is too much for you? 😉 They were included, of course, just for their novelty and part of my attempt to keep things a little off-kilter. The holidays should be FUN! Hopefully I included something for everyone and every taste. You do know the other Robert Earl Keen song (“Merry Christmas From The Family”), don’t you? Best wishes, my friend. Behave yourself!

      • Birgit Says:

        im6, I hate to admit it, but I’m a child of the disco generation. Disco music was hammered into our heads. Sometimes I can’t bear it without being drunken 😉 I hadn’t heard the other Keen song by himself, just a cover by Jill Sobule, but I just found it on YouTube and I also like it. Thanks.
        Of course I will behave, because whenever I feel like rioting in these sugary times I can listen to this local band:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1VM52_gCHc
        My kind of weird Christmas music 😉

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Sorry your back is acting up and preventing Christmas tree decorating and the traditional Christmas season play. Very inconsiderate of it, I say.
    I expect mine will be joining the party tomorrow after spending some time shoveling today. We got about 9.5 inches here. The top couple of inches is ice because the snow changed to rain somewhere around 5AM. I heard it and groaned. I told my neighbor I was going to buy a flame thrower just for snow removal.

    The only ornaments I have been collecting are the Puppy Love ones from Hallmark, I think. Every October, for the last I don’t know how many years, I wander in to the store and pick up the newest one. I could probably do a tiny tree just in Puppy Love. There might be a couple of cats and horses in the mix, though. 🙂

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I agree about it being inconsiderate. This is the worst time of year for this.

      Sorry for all that snow. We were lucky it just blew in the other direction. We would have had ice too because of the rain but it stayed warm too long.

      I have all but the first Star Trek ornament, and I give my sitter one every year for her birthday. Those are the only ones I collect. They have light and sound.

      Have a warm, cozy evening!

  6. Cuidado Says:

    We got the big dump of snow here and my daughter in Nova Scotia received rain. She loves snow and wants to trade houses with me. I was hoping it would be a two day storm but my driveway plowman was just here so I will have to go to work. Stay warm!

    • katry Says:

      Cuidado,
      Sorry you didn’t get that leisurely day. A surprise day off was always a favorite of mine when I worked.

      I was glad for the rain. I really didn’t want the snow, even for a white Christmas.

      Have a wonderful week!

  7. Jay Bird Says:

    No tree again for the sixth year (sad story) but I dug through the ornament box to find a few to give my daughter. Lo and behold, I found a 5″ David Ortiz just finishing his powerful swing! It’s now on my computer hutch next to the Irish Santa with golf clubs ornament (really). My old crèche and figures are elsewhere, but Big Papi would be just the right size if the Wise Men needed a designated hitter!!

    • katry Says:

      Jay Bird,
      I figure Big Papi would be carrying the gold though I’m sure the Irish Santa would also want the gold. I wouldn’t run afoul of Papi!

      I remember the trees of my childhood and the glass ornaments which were delicately placed on the tree every year. I was thrilled when my mother gave me some, and I hang them on my tree with as much care. I bet your daughter will love those ornaments.


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