“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas lights.”

I am getting use to these warm days, a mistake. Winter is the slyest of seasons. One warm day can be followed by frost and even snow. Today is dark. Rain is coming and tomorrow will be an ugly day.

For the last few days a box or two has been delivered. Inside is a Christmas present or some stocking stuffers. I have been computer shopping. It is not as much fun as wandering through stores, but it is less expensive. I find all sorts of sales and free shipping. One item was close to $30.00. With free shipping and a coupon I found on-line it was only $19.00. Next I’ll make a list of what I still need and with list in hand do some shopping on small business Saturday. I’ll wander on 6A and see what I can find. One stop will be for me. In Orleans is a henna shop, and I was thinking my hands could use some decorating for the holidays. They’ve been painted twice before with henna: once in Morocco and once at a fair. They looked exotic and I loved the patterns.

Traditions are important to my family especially at the holidays. Certain dishes have to be on the table to make the meal complete. We get to open one door a day on our Advent calendars. My sister gets a Life Safer book just as she did in her stocking every year. I give my niece and nephews small bags with a few gifts including a new ornament, toothbrushes and fun soaps. That started when each of them turned three and I sent a filled piñata for Christmas Eve fun. They are now filling piñatas for their nephews. I love that I started a tradition.

Some of my neighbors have already put up and lit their Christmas lights. I don’t think it’s too soon. Darkness comes early, and the lights makes us almost forget we have a long winter ahead of us.

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12 Comments on ““I’ve learned that you can tell a lot a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas lights.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I had problems with my outdoor lights last winter, my fuces blew like crazy 🙂 So I’m not sur I’ll have any this winter but I do like them so I might buy new ones.

    Traditions died with my grand mother, we never see each other now days which might be for the best since most dislike each other anyway 🙂 🙂 🙂 They don’t dare dislaike me though because I’m the only one they can get family news from 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I have always loved walking in the big stores before christmas but like You I rathe do any shopping vis the internet. But I do miss how it was when I was a kid and we all went down to the city and looked at the christmas display in each and every store window.

    Sunny, sunny, sunny here today and below 32 almost all day. I had my dogs with me to work so I got out and enjoyed the day relatively much 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Sometimes the rain knocks out one of my outlets, but it its back up in a bit. I have someone come to do the lights. I used but but my back just doesn’t like it any more, and in a couple of places a ladder is needed.

      My mother gave us many of our traditions and my sisters and I carry them on. My brother has never liked anything with heart so Christmas for him was never important.

      I miss the same things as my Dad would take us into Boston to see the Christmas windows and the lights. A few years back we took a light tour of the city on a trolley, and it was great fun. On Boston Common you can even ice skate on Frog Pond.

      Still dreary here today.

      Have a warm and cozy evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Mrs MDH and I had our hearts set on a Fortnum and Mason Box Advent calendar. The exterior of the famous store on Piccadilly offers 24 doors with hidden surprises. We had looked at it for some years but decided this would be the year to buy it.

    I must admit that I approached the sales area, perhaps in need of a shave, and resplendent in a T shirt and jeans, my interest drew some skepticism from the sales lady of approximately same age. “You might be better suited to our paper Advent Calendars” she generously offered. “I can handle the financial burden” I responded. (perhaps not quite so elegantly)

    And so we have a rather large and heavy box Advent that we hope will entertain The Prince right through to the arrival of the Jolly Fat Man.

    I am the poster child for “Pajama Shopping” but I do wish that the sender would not advertise their wares on the outside of the box

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That is so cool to have surprises. The year my mother was sick I bought a wooden one for her and wrapped small gifts for behind each box. I was hoping it would make her feel better. I have a feeling the Prince will be over the moon with the calendar.

      I don’t think I would have been as kind as you were to the presumptive woman.

      I like when I send stuff to my sister and I can indicate gift so no secrets or prices are given away. I still have a couple of gifts to get for her and my other sister and one of my friends then I will be finished.

      Stage 2 is the wrapping!

  3. Birgit Says:

    I thought I had to cancel Christmas this year, because I couldn’t get an Advent calendar. Yesterday I finally found one.
    Not in Christmas mood yet but Christmas concerts with the choir on Friday and Saturday should help.
    I still refuse to buy online whenever possible as long as enough real shops exists. I can understand that it’s easier via internet and sometimes unavoidable and a nice addition but even in this metropolitan area a lot of shops already disappeared or close at 6-7pm in the evening now. I don’t really like shopping and crowded places but I also don’t want to live in a dead city.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I am so glad you saved Christmas!

      I am really not in the Christmas mood yet but after Thanksgiving I know it will start to creep and soon take me over.

      Many stores close to me are the big chains with all their crowds, and the prices here on the cape are higher than the stores off cape. They use the excuse of transporting stuff here.

      I love to do the shops on 6A which are the small ones you mentioned. I’m doing that shopping Saturday. I’ll hit the Brewster Book Store, one of my favorites and one of the few independent ones around. I go for one thing and buy far too many. Then there is a wonderful store with vintage oddities and I expect to find a gift for one of my friends there.

      I love Christmas concerts.

  4. flyboybob Says:

    We Celebrate Chaunkah which celebrates the defeat of the Assyrian/Greek army by a rag tag band of Jewish Freedom fighters and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the Second Century BCE. We light a menorah with one candle per night to remember the eight days that the menorah in the Temple remained illuminated with the only one day supply of pure olive oil. Each night we light a helper candle to light the other candles.

    If it wasn’t for Chanukah there might have never been Christmas and all the pagans who later converted to Christianity would still be worshiping Zeus Mars or some other thing. The Jews of those times were a feisty lot and held the Roman Empire at bay for 70 years or so which was the cauldron of warfare that Jesus of Nazerith was born. Jesus was one of those Jewish preachers who were a pain in the rear of the Romans so they strung him up on a Cross to silence him along with a host of other Jewish Rabbis. Of course the story got changed by the Romans when they converted to Christianity a few hundred years later to put the blame on the Jews. It took until the 1960s for Pope John 23rd to straighten out the story and forgive the Jewish people for the lie that they killed Jesus. The only way the Romans could put down the Jewish rebellion was to burn the place to the ground and scatter the population to the four corners of the known world.

    Obviously, putting up Christmas lights can be traced directly back to the story of Chanukah. Jews light just one candle each night to illuminate the long winter night commemorating Religious freedom. Each year we would take our kids around the neighborhoods to look at the beautiful Christmas lights.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I know the story of Chaunkah , but I am glad you explained it in case some of our Coffee people don’t know.

      The Jews are still a feisty lot keeping their enemies at bay. I guess it is genetic.

      The first string of lights was in 1882, a long way forward from Chaunkah, and the use of lit candles came from Germany long before electric lights so I’m not so sure all were Chaunkah inspired.

      My parents also took us on light rides. We’d sometimes see blue and white lights on houses lit for Chaunkah.

  5. Mom Says:

    made me smile!


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