“Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.”

We have rain again. The house is dark because only the windows lights are lit. I like it that way.

I’m in list mode. I have a few going so the sticky notes are starting to cover my table. One note is a list of what I need to do today. Another is the numbers for tracking the only package which hasn’t been delivered to Colorado. A packing list is for the dog and the kennel and there’s one for me and my carry-on. Another list is for the cats and their sitter. I’m thinking I need a list of the lists.

When I was a kid, there was always a church fair held in the town hall. We  got a half day of school so we could go to the fair. The nuns brought us in rows of twos in long lines. My mother used to give us money for a hot dog and a drink. That was a big deal. We also had our Christmas money in case we found just the right gifts. A kids’ table was filled with possible presents for my whole family which cost a quarter for the big gifts and a dime for the small ones. I remember my mother sitting behind a table where she was working one Christmas.

I have never lost my love for church fairs. Now I head first to the table where the knit goods are sold. That is always the first table to sell out. I buy mittens and hats from the ladies, usually old ladies, who sit behind the table and make change slowly counting each coin and each bill as they put them in my hand. Sometimes I buy centerpieces and homemade ornaments. I love the white elephant tables where I sometimes find the best stuff. I go from fair to fair on one December Saturday. I usually treat myself to lunch.

The lists are sitting in front of reminding me to hurry. I have much to do.


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12 Comments on ““Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The skies are flickering with …well the stuff that my Jeep was made to cruise through. I don’t think there will be much action but hey, it adds something to the end of the week.

    Mrs. MDH and I “strolled” at Meadowbrook Hall last night – the mansion was aglow, there was food, drink and music. Dodge and Wilson built this behemoth in 1929 – 88,000 sq. ft. set in the heart of Rochester Hills. I asked how many servants they had and if they timing was a shade off given the onset of the Great Depression. Mrs. D lives in to the 1960s at the home and there are a couple of children living elsewhere in the USA that were raised there.

    Adele tickets have proved to be as illusive as a Lions playoff victory and I am now going down the contacts route (otherwise known as begging or mooching)

    • Kat Says:

      MyDear Hedley,
      And you can have all that stuff. I am looking forward to Colorado where the temps have changed. They are now in the 40’s. It is over 50˚ here today.

      I looked up Meadowbrook Hall. How lovely it was donated to U of M. I have to think it is lovely by candlelight.

      I checked t see if my AMEX card was offering tickets but they aren’t. Sometimes they do have that elusive ticket. Good luck on your hunting.

      • Hedley Says:

        Meadowbrook is quite lovely and contains on its grounds Oakland University, an outdoor music shell and a theatre. It is very close to our home and we are appreciative of the culture and heritage that they give us.

        Here is the link for KTCCers that are interested in this sort of thing


      • Kat Says:

        The holiday decorations and lights are spectacular. If it were close, I’d drop in for a stroll.

  2. olof1 Says:

    The white elephant tables? What on earth is that?

    Yes church fairs are the best and those knitted things are really high quality. Socks are the things I look for since this cottage can get rather cold floors on cold winters, no need now though since we’ll reach 50F tomorrow and it’ll stay like that for a few days. Can’t remember when I used the fire stove this little, if ever as I have this year.

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      The table sells used stuff like pots, pans, serving utensils, knick knacks.

      A white elephant is also something you can’t get rid of like a house which costs too much money.

      People give white elephant parties or Yankee swap parties. Everyone brings a gift and you can trade your when it is your turn for one someone else has.

  3. Birgit Says:

    I was in Colorado in summer 2007, gorgeous landscapes, a great experience. Quite hot and only remnants of snow in the Rockies around July 4th but one winter long ago I could see the snow-covered Canadian Rockies, a winter wonderland. I hope you’ll have nice weather in Colorado, it sure will be a great time with your family.

    • Kat Says:

      I’m leaving 55˚ on Christmas here for colder weather but not as cold as it has been there. It was 17˚ the other night.

      My sister doesn’t live in the mountains but they are not far away.

  4. minicapt Says:

    We had snow yesterday, at least a half inch … nyah, nyah …


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