“For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.”

My tree is standing in the living room. It is fresh and a lovely dark green. When I shook it and banged it on the walkway, no needles dropped. The guy at Hart Farm, where I buy many of my flowers, pumpkins, and cider, told me it is one of the freshest of his trees. I believed him. When I ran my hand up the green on the branches, the green bounced back. This evening I’ll start decorating my beautiful tree.

The play, Mame, was wonderful yesterday. It was one of the best plays I’ve seen at the Stoneham Theater. The crowd loved it. There was laughing and lots of applause. The house was filled. Going to that theater always makes me a bit nostalgic. I spend so many Saturdays there watching the matinees when I was a kid. It is configured differently now, but when I look, I can still see the seats the way they were. The back rows were always couples making out. I used to gape at them when I was going to the bathroom. The balcony was usually empty because when it was filled it was like a war zone. Missiles of JuJu candy rained down on us from above. Al, the owner, would stand in the balcony to make sure nobody threw stuff. He wasn’t always successful. The stage is where the screen and a small stage used to be. The small stage was in the front of the screen. My mother said someone would stand on the stage when there were dishes or prizes given away. That was before my time.

Dinner was at Felicia’s, where the fish market used to be. I can’t help but remember the square of my time when I visit it now. As always the meal did not disappoint. We started with mussels in a thick red, hot sauce which was so good we had to get more Scali bread to sop it all. We both had Rustica Chicken which is linguini in an Alfredo type sauce with charred red peppers, and sausage. I topped off the meal with Sambuca coffee.

Yesterday was a wonderful start to the Christmas season. I saw a fantastic play, ate a great dinner and spent the whole day with my sister. When I drove her home, I got to see so many houses filled with lights shining in the night. I figure a ride to see the lights is coming. It is traditional!!

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6 Comments on ““For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    You are very lucky to have an old movie emporium converted into a live theater. Here the wrecking ball always wins because the developers have cart blanch. Historic preservation means that old doesn’t matter only a historic significance.

    My mother used to send me to the Saturday kids matinee at the old Inwood Theater. The show started at ten and went through most of the afternoon. Flying popcorn and candy was the norm when the bad guys showed up along with a chorus of boos. There was a double feature proceeded by several cartoons and a couple of shorts usually staring the Our Gang or Laurel and Hardy. I think many younger siblings were conceived during the matinee, hence the name for an afternoon sexual encounter. 🙂 Most of the making out occurred in the back seat at the drive in movies since most teens got their drivers licenses at 16. 🙂

    Your dinner sounds fabulous! I usually go for something made with veal since I don’t get that at home. I’m a big fan of Italian cooking except for the food I ate in Northern Italy which I described as very bland. The best Italian food I have eaten lately was in Northern New Jersey. I think that’s because all the Mafioso bosses in NYC went to prison and their children all moved and opened Italian restaurants in Northern New Jersey. 🙂

    Right now we are 68 degrees under cloudy skies. The North Winds from Canada have been replaced by a strong southerly flow.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It is smack dab in the middle of the square so it needed to be saved. The inside was totaled as it had been empty so long. The theater is run by a non-profit.

      No adults attended the matinees. The oldest were the young teens. We had cartoons, short subjects but only a single movie. It didn’t start until noon time. There weren’t many thrown objects on the main floor. Al patrolled when there was nobody in the balcony. He carried his flashlight and would beam it had anybody he’d seen throw something. If they got caught twice, they were sent home.

      The dinner was fantastic from the mussels to the coffee. The big Felicia’s is in the North End. The name of the place is really Felicia’s of the North End. It was so full there was a line waiting.

      • flyboybob Says:

        I assume you are referring to the North End neighborhood in Boston. That is a famous old Italian neighborhood. Every big city had their ethnic neighborhoods. New York had Little Italy, St. Louis had the ‘Hill’ and San Francisco had North Beach. The restaurants in those neighborhoods were usually fabulous.

        Here in Dallas we didn’t have a large enough Italian population in the first half of the last century to have an Italian neighborhood. Minorities kept a low profile to avoid the wrath of the KKK and other white supremacist groups. Today there are so many good ethnic restaurants located everywhere in the DFW metroplex.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I didn’t think to add more. We just call it the North End as we are so familiar with it. The restaurants are still fabulous.

        I got thrown off when you said many younger siblings were conceived during the matinee soI figured there had to be older people as well.

        Even that old hometown of mine now has all sorts of ethnic restaurants.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Many christmas trees that are sold here in Sweden are grown in Denmark, strange since we have much more forest than they do 🙂 They can be cut down in July and then kept in freezers until december, those trees never last for long. I don’t think there’s any place where one can cut down the tree oneself like You have in the states.

    Too long since I saw any play but it was actually in a place that used to be a cinema. It was a great cinema with fantastic sound and I like that it at least became a theatre, many of my childhood cinemas became something else instead. One became a post office, one a record store and one became a church 🙂 most were torn down though.

    That dinner didn’t sound bad at all 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      When my sister’s kids were young, they always went and cut down their own tree.

      Maybe you don’t have tree farms in Sweden as the trees here are grown on tree farms. There used to be a tree farmer near me, but he has retired. The Christmas tree I just got came from Nova Scotia.

      A few of the buildings were torn down in the square and ugly brick buildings were put there instead, but most of the stores have been refurbished and repurposed. They are the best buildings in the square.

      That dinner was fantastic!!

      Have a great evening!


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