“My stomach rumbles. Plates of cookies, cake, and fudge. Christmastime is here.”

Today is Christmas Eve Eve, just about the longest day of the year to any kid. It has no significance. Nothing happens. It is the last day until tomorrow.

Last night, actually, sort of early this morning, I watched A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sims, my favorite Scrooge. I’ve also watched George C. Scott, Patrick Stewart and Mickey. My other must-see Christmas movies are The Bishop’s Wife which I watched the other night, A Miracle on 34th Street, the original, White Christmas and Holiday Inn. The only one I haven’t yet seen is White Christmas. I’m saving that for tomorrow night.

Tonight Gracie and I are going to look at lights. It is one of the traditions left over from when I was a kid. Back then, a Saugus neighborhood was our first destination. House after house, bush after bush and tree after tree were covered in lights. It was magnificent. The rest of the ride was hit or miss. We loved the houses decked all over in lights. They drew the oohs and ahs. There were no houses with white lights. All the bulbs were large and multi-colored. We had some on our front bushes, and they’d get so hot they’d almost burn your fingers. We had orange lights in the front windows. Other houses had red or blue, few had green. All the window lights in each house matched. I figured it was an unwritten rule of Christmas decorating.

I have to make cookies this afternoon. I’m thinking my orange cookies. They take a while to make then frost, but they are so worth it!

My living room smells like a forest of fir trees. At night, only the two window lights and the tree lights are lit. Between the aroma and the lights, my living room is the best place to sit.

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14 Comments on ““My stomach rumbles. Plates of cookies, cake, and fudge. Christmastime is here.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    I blew out work at 11, and headed home.Time for a car wash, lunch and another episode of Versailles. I searched Netflix for a Christmas show I had to see but really didn’t get anything specific

    You are right, this is the almost Day of the year. It’s Christmas but it isn’t really. The decorations are light but I am not really feeling it. it’s the missing kids thing and I haven’t seen The Prince for 3 weeks.

    Oh well, the unplayed music is building up in my study, soon the house will be moving from Christmas songs to MDH tunes.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I also searched Netflix and ended up with a series called Travellers. I’ll watch Christmas tonight.

      Wow, that has been far too long for The Prince. I bet he can’t wait to see his Pumpa.

      I never get tired of listening to Christmas music all the way to the big day, Christmas Day.

      Well, it’s cookies time!

      Enjoy your afternoon.

  2. olof1 Says:

    They are as always really bad in showing christmas movies here, so far I’ve seen one. Santa something 2 with Tim Allen and I fell asleep while watching it 🙂 I guess they’ll start with the christmas movies tomorrow and then continue until new years eve.

    Today will be the day no child can fall asleep since we have our big day tomorrow.Every child will have wild guesses about what’s in those packages 🙂 Personally I’m just looking forward to Donald Duck and his friends 🙂 I forgot to do the ham today so I’ll have to do it early tomorrow morning 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Two Hallmark channels show Christmas movies 24-7. Other stations as well show Christmas movies. Also, there is always Netflix Christmas movies.

      Tomorrow night is the big night here. Kids won’t sleep. They’ll be anxious for Santa to arrive.

      I love your Donald Duck tradition!

  3. Birgit Says:

    I hope you find/found lots of beautiful lights!
    It looks like less private homes are lighted this year, times and moods are getting darker. It would be interesting to know whether you see a difference this year after your crazy election.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      It is now dark so I’m going to load up Gracie and off we go. I’m just waiting for this Christmas movie to finish. It is actually one I haven’t see before this.

      Lots of houses are decorated this year. Some have outlined their houses and covered their bushes. I swear one has so many lights you can see it from space. I think the lights are in spite of the election, the last of the candles lighting the darkness before it envelops us all.

  4. minicapt Says:

    The countdown is on …
    http://www.noradsanta.org

    Cheers

  5. Coleen Says:

    Merry Christmas Kat!

    The fun in looking at Christmas lights is listening to the lower or upper end of the FM dial… where the more electronically sophisticated folk have put a little translator that they have programed to play Christmas tunes!

    And you were on A Christmas album? I bet I played you on the radio before I ever knew you!

    Waving,

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Merry Christmas, Coleen

      When I was in NY for Thanksgiving with the girl scouts, we walked by a record store and there in the window was our album.

      There are a few houses where the music is synced with the lights. The paper listed a few today. Most, though, are much further up cape.

      Waving and so glad you’re back!!

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I remember that Saugus neighborhood. It was fabulous. Towards the end, there were bus tours all through those tiny streets. OPEC and the oil embargo killed it.
    I still go through that neighborhood frequently and it has bounced back in recent years. Nowhere near as fabulous as it was but still lovely. There’s one house not too far off Rt 1 on the Fellsway that, I think, is owned by a guy in the themed lawn decoration business. That lawn and house are completely inundated with lights, sculptures, inflatables and any other thing you could conjure up. Christmas is the biggest display but they do every holiday to some degree. I think they also have one special evening viewing for charity.

    We had orange lightbulbs in the window candles, too. My mother had to tape those candles to the window sills so the weight of their electrical cords wouldn’t pull them off.

    I have been assigned to bring dessert. Not one of my strong points. I’m inclined to bring a bottle of Grand Marnier and call it dessert. 🙂 I’ll be hitting the bakery/grocery stores tomorrow looking for something suitable.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I moved away so I missed the bus tours.

      We were all packed into the car. I remember how slowly my dad drove. He was never one for slow but he didn’t have much choice as all the cars drove slowly.

      I’ll have to get up there and check Saugus out. I keep saying I’ll also go see the zoo lights, but I never do. Houses which go totally overboard with lights and everything else are just fine with me.

      My mother did the same thing and for the same reason.

      Good luck at the bakeries. I hope you find just the right dessert!

      Have a great evening!

  7. Bob Says:

    Christmas is only one day so the excitement builds until Christmas morning and then it’s over. With Chaunukah the excitement builds every night until all the candles are burning brightly. When I was a kid my parents would give us one gift a night and withhold the big gift for the last night. With my kids we just gave them the big gift the first night. So much for anticipation.

    Driving around looking at the Christmas lights is a favorite thing to spend time in the evening between Christmas and New Years. It was cheap entertainment for my kids when they were young. Now only my daughter will go with us. Actually she goes with my wife I lost interest years ago. Once you’ve seen one electric Santa you’ve seen them all. 🙂

    Some neighborhoods have made a huge attraction out of their electric light displays. A neighborhood in Arlington Texas requires the police nightly to direct the huge traffic jams who wind through the streets gawking at the elaborate displays.

    Our favorite area for observing Christmas lights is Highland Park. It’s the second wealthiest neighborhood in the country after Beverly Hills. Old Dallas wealth which means the displays are professionally done with very little consideration to the cost.

    Today was cloudy with drizzle and mist. Not too cold just in the 50s. The prognosticators are predicting a high on Christmas Day of 75 degrees with a chance of rain.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I like the building up to the big present. That keeps the holiday exciting. I know my grand niece and nephews are loving everything and all the fun things they’ve been doing getting ready for Christmas.

      People seem to be getting more into lights rather than blow ups. I used to see whole lawns with Frosty and Santa, but now I see more lights. They’re pretty.

      That’s amazing-needing traffic police because of the cars. I totally understand the need to keep the line moving.

      That sounds like a pretty neighborhood for lights, not spontaneous but beautiful.

      Wow! that’s July weather, 75˚. We’re happy with 50’s this time of year. Today was a pretty day here.


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