“I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.”

It was just after seven when I woke up. I would have gone back to sleep, but Gracie was staring at me with her I need to go out look so out we went. I was a little chilly as I didn’t grab my sweatshirt. Maddie was sleeping on it, and I decided one of us, at least, ought to be still asleep at this early hour. Once we were back in the house, I fed Maddie and Gracie, started my coffee, turned on the TV to find out if there had been any jaw dropping news overnight and then started reading the papers.

The animals wolfed down breakfast, the coffee was delicious, there was no big news, and I finished the Globe crossword but not the Cape Times cryptogram.

Gracie has a bit of anxiety. I figured this time she’d be fine as we’d already been outside. I was wrong. When I go upstairs to shower, Gracie waits and watches at the bottom of the stairs. She also goes the bathroom sometimes on the floor and sometimes on the treads. Today she hit both. While I showered, Gracie always waited for me. She used to lie on the bathroom rug. Now she can’t do stairs so she gets upset. I understand. I also wish for summer so I can shower outside.

Today is cloudy and cold. The wind is strong enough to sway the pine limbs. Nothing about outside looks enticing, but I’m stuck going out to an appointment. I’d much rather be comfortable reading on the couch. I’ve started a new series about Flavia de Luce, an eleven year old who enjoys chemistry and murder. The series was recommended by two avid readers so I bought the first two novels. I love the title of the first one, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

Two houses on my street are already decorated for Christmas. I’m thinking I need to call Skip, my factotum, to do mine. I always have white bulbs on the fence to the backyard. They are the trail of a giant star attached to the fence. The front of my yard has colored lights across the top of the fence. On the side, a small tree is decorated with giant ornaments highlighted by a flood light. In the back, the top of the deck rail sports colored bulbs.

I do love Christmas lights. They brightened the darkness of winter. They celebrate the season, and most of all they remind me of all the family rides we took to see the lights. That is one of my favorite Christmas traditions, and I still take a ride to see the lights. I bring Gracie so I can comment aloud without feeling silly. She’s a good listener.

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8 Comments on ““I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    What nice interests, chemistry and murder 🙂 🙂 Tell me what <You think about the first book, if it is good I'll start looking for it over here.

    Went to work today and it was ok but now my back is nasty. I can only guess how it will be tomorrow morning 🙂 🙂 🙂

    My closest neighbor has already decorated with light so I feel a bit behind. I think I need to buy new light chains though so I'll see what I can find in the supermarket when I'm there the next time.

    I feel so sorry for Gracie. Orvar and Hector weren't able to walk upstairs either but they never seemed to really care about it to be honest.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      So far the book is a fast read. I’m close to half-way through,I’ll let you know.

      I can totally empathize with you and your back as mine is bad today. I had to lift Gracie, all 59 pounds, of her. I am now walking stooped.

      Gracie must think she has been deserted. I feel so bad for her. I think I can get her up the stairs but not down. I need to get up there to check Christmas presents so I’ll have to figure it up.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    At 6 am yesterday, I was dressed and rocking the Christmas decorations. By the time Mrs MDH arose, the tree was up and lit and the ornaments were ready.

    I then switched gears and attacked the Christmas shopping, so much so that I set off the fraud alert down the credit card company. With any luck I can move in to cruise mode by the end of the week.

    Amazon did drop the Bob Dylan ” Trouble No More” the deluxe box set to $102 – by far the cheapest I have seen

    Alright, back to cyber shopping and ignoring work

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I so envy you your industry. My back is bad so I will not be hauling up boxes of decorations for a bit. I have decided to bring up a box a day until the house is pure Christmas.

      You are a shopping whiz. I did some shopping as well yesterday and today but I have to stop until I know what and for whom I have piled presents on the guest room bed. I added more today and am now using the second bed.

      Nope, still to rich for my blood!

  3. Bob Says:

    When I was a kid we loved driving around and looking at all the lights. The only thing I wish we did as a kid was to illuminate our house. Instead we had to settle for an electric Chanukah Menorah.

    We don’t really do gifts since we each have everything we have room to store and my kids just want a few gifts regardless of which night they get them. 🙂 This year we are going to see a Christmas Eve matinee performance of the King and I. It should be a fun afternoon.

    Today was clear and warm, 71 when I got in my car at 4:30. It will probably rain on me tomorrow with a twenty percent chance because I just washed the car yesterday. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I think that lights for Chanukah have become a bit more popular. I see lots of blue lights and even a Menorah on a lawn near here. The lights rides are wonderful memories from my childhood.

      When I was older, my mother used to take my sister and me to some sort of performance and dinner as one of our Christmas presents. We saw Death of a Salesman with Brian Dennehy. I joked with my mother about the festive play she had chosen. One of my favorites was Christmas at the Pops.

      Today was sunny all day but it stayed chilly. It was in the low 40’s and will be cold tonight.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I read a few of the Flavia de Luce mysteries. They are, as you said to Christer, fast reads but they’re fun. All the titles are something like the first one. Quotes from poems or other literature.

    Some of the neighbors used the good weather over the holiday to put up their lights and other decorations. My decoration is just a wreath on the door. I have a short string of solar powered lights that I can wind into it to make it even prettier.

    Today started out cloudy but comfortable. The dogs and I went out for a few walks. The last one was not comfortable as the clouds had moved in and the wind came up. It was cold.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I bought the first two used on e-bay and am halfway through the first. I am enjoying Flavia. She’s fun to follow around.

      Skip will come by this week to do lights. I forgot to call him today but will tomorrow. I used to do them myself but it is too much for me and my back now. I have a wreath on the gate and on the front door. I buy them undecorated and decorate them myself.

      I was chilly today but that was my fault. I wasn’t dressed well for the weather.

      My washer and dryer are fixed. I have the second load in the washer and the first in the dryer. The pile is big as I haven’t been able to do laundry for almost two weeks. There are heavy stuff waiting for a third load, but that won’t be until the next few days.

      Have a great evening!


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