“Christmas isn’t a parade or concert but a piece of home you keep in your heart wherever you go.”

Yesterday I expected to be welcomed home by a marching band playing and a couple of burly men waiting to carry my packages. I actually shopped for nearly three hours, a bit of a marathon for me. I had a list, and I finished it though it was close. I nearly gave up on the last item, but it was Gracie’s medicine so I went to CVS. The God of Parking was with me as I got a space directly across from the entrance. The line was long but I was patient. By the time I got home, I had set a new around town shopping record.

Two wreaths and a swag are sitting on the lawn. I think I’ll put them up today. My lights will be put up on Monday or Tuesday. I need to get my tree, probably Sunday. Meanwhile, the scrawny scrub pine artificial tree will take its place in the corner of the dining room. I’ll bring it upstairs when I bring my laundry down. Yup, it is still in the hall, and I have added to it. I don’t know what it is about laundry that makes me so loath to do it.

Yesterday, I was browsing the shelves looking for a bag for the Christmas tree. On one shelf, I saw stencils and a can of white spray for windows. Seeing them whisked me back in time to when I was a kid, and windows were covered with Santas and trees and bells. Our picture window was artfully stenciled by us taking turns. One would hold the stencil while the other sprayed. My fingers were covered in white by the time we were finished. My mother kept an eye to make sure we didn’t overdo. We’d run outside after spraying each stencil to see how it looked. We always thought they were perfect.

I remember the Christmas cards taped around the doorways, the colored candles in the windows, the tree in the corner with the hanging icicles, the Santa and Mrs. Santa salt and pepper shakers and the four small Santa cups which spelled out noel. I always said I got the N because I was the oldest.

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10 Comments on ““Christmas isn’t a parade or concert but a piece of home you keep in your heart wherever you go.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Glad to hear that you are spending money to help the merchants in your town. They probably will thank you.

    When I was a kid we decorated the house for Chanukah, ily the candles on the menorah while saying the blessings and got right down to the importance part for us kids the presents. Eating potato pancakes followed the presents. 🙂

    I’m amazed how a minor Jewish holiday was transformed into a gayla event to give our children the same experience as their Christian schoolmates. Chanukah commemorates a military victory over tyranny and a lamp that burned for eight days with only one day’s of oil.

    This year the first night of Chanukah is Christmas Eve so my wife can buy the kids presents the day after Christmas when the markdowns will be high. 🙂

    Tomorrow the forecast is for cold rain through Monday morning. The Cowboys squeaked by the Vikings last night to stretch their winning streak to twelve and one.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Mostly I went to all local stores yesterday, CVS was the only exception. I got my greenery at Cape Ability Farms, a non-profit which that provides jobs, homes, transportation and other services for individuals with disabilities. I went there to get bread and pickles and got neither. I’ll go there to get my tree next week.

      I love potato pancakes! There is a house not far from me which is lit for Chanukah with blue and white lights and so this minor Jewish holiday is now commemorated in lights.

      Kids like gifts for whatever the reason. I had no Jewish friends when I was growing up. My town was mostly Irish and Italian. A synagogue was finally built when I was in high school.

      We will have days in the 50’s, some in the high 50’s. The nights will be much colder.

  2. Hedley Says:

    I am blasting out of here in good time and devoting the evening to the Christmas Tree, I “pre decorated” last weekend with the nativity and stuff, but tonight it gets serious as the lights are strung and the ornaments are placed.

    I think we will listen to Christmas songs but I defer to Mrs MDH on that issue. Our rebuilding of Christmas continues as the traditions of our children are subordinated to their spouses and new family structures. I totally get it and should be ok with it BUT.

    Wedding in Detroit tomorrow and then SECOND Sunday of Advent down the John Fisher. Hard to imagine that we are only a week away from Gaudete Sunday and the celebrations of Joy.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I will start all that next week. It takes me several days to decorate as I take it in small steps to save my back. The tree is the easiest as the ornaments are in a couple of giant bins.

      My sister decided that Christmas Eve would be her night and her married children can do in-laws on Christmas Day. Her house is filled with kids, grandkids, and in-laws. The table is filled with food and sweets. They open gifts from each other. I was there last year, and it was amazing! Everyone knows it is Moe’s night.

      I have to start wrapping and sending gifts to Colorado. You are so right-Christmas is coming quickly.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I always go for the dog medicines first since I know I most likely will give up long before I’ve bought everything I want 🙂 🙂 I like the grocery store in the village where I work because even if there are lots of people I know where everything is and I’m out of there within twenty minutes because the cashiers are really fast even if they chat with all customers 🙂 If I need to go elsewhere I tend to go to those places opening early because then I know I’ll be the only one there 🙂

    We never had those stenciles or the fake snow spryed on our windows, my mother wasn’t a fan of it 🙂 It looked so fun when they srayed the paint and I always felt a bit jealous to be honest.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I would have given up but I decided I didn’t want to have to come out today as well. That was the deciding factor.

      Stop and Shop is the grocery store and it is huge. I never go there but have my groceries delivered. There is a small market close by, and I enjoy going there. They have wonderful foods and fruits and vegetables.

      I don’t ever see windows stenciled anymore. Mine are too small or I’d do it.

      Enjoy your day!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Still not christmasy yet. Well, we sang Händel’s Hallelujah this evening, that’s close enough. Concert and castle trip today, I already saw the castle when we sang in this little town a few years ago but this baroque beauty is worth a second visit.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordkirchen_Castle

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Yup, Händel’s Hallelujah is step 1 to Christmas. The spirit is coming!!

      That castle is magnificent.


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