“Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday.”

Today is cloudy and the rain has started again. When I took Gracie out at one, it had already rained a bit and was cold and damp. I expected a bit of snow when I woke up, but the cape is too warm so it’s raining. My sister, north of Boston, is getting snow. She says it’s pretty.

Yesterday the Christmas spirit took a short hiatus. I brought my ugly fake spruce pine tree up from the cellar one step at a time and put it in the dining room. First I uncovered it then I worked on the branches which had bent and given the tree more of a bush look. Ornaments had fallen to the bottom of the cover so I put them back on the tree. I plugged in the lights which always stay on the tree. They didn’t work. The strand had 200 lights and was intertwined in the branches. Getting the strand off was a monumental project which frustrated the heck out of me so I went with scissors and cut off the strand a piece at a time. I threw each piece to the kitchen floor accompanied by a few curses. I then put new lights on the tree. After the tree was lit, I sat and looked at it for a while. It was beautiful and worth all of that trouble.

Today is decorate the tree day, and I love to decorate my tree. First go on the lights then the garlands then the ornaments. Many of the ornaments carry a story. A few were needlepointed by my mother. One is a K for Kathleen and the three kings which are on the ornament. Another is Father Christmas holding a steaming pudding. Many of the ornaments came from my travels. Pinocchio came from Italy, the felt stars from Hungry, the tassels from Morocco, the fish from Portugal, a string puppet from England, old clip glass ornaments from Russia and round compounds and Black girls in bright cloth from Ghana. Glass ornaments from my childhood, some a bit scratched, go in prominent places. Other ornaments I found here and there, even in thrift shops. An ugly angel with wispy hair, a gift from mother, a circus lion tamer, a pink flamingo, Mark Twain, Sherlock Holmes and Peter Pan are some favorites which come to mind. One of my garlands made up of realistic pop corn and cranberries reminds me of Shauna, a boxer of mine, who ate the real popcorn off the tree by dragging the garland with her teeth.

Christmas is filled with warm memories.

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  1. olof1 Says:

    The day was quite nice here even if the promised sunshine never really happened but I could see the sun through the clouds so it was almost as good. Now I can hear that the wind is stronger again and I do hope it calms down until tomorrow.

    I need to clear the table in my living room so I can put up my tiny plastic spruce there and after that check the batteries to the light chain, I think they are too old and used by now. I have plenty of batteries though so that’s no problem. I’ll see if I can find tiny decorations after that.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It snowed for about a minute, big wet snow. It is now raining again. No sun is hiding around here.

      I still haven’t moved from the couch. I am, for some reason, really tired, but I have to get myself up and moving. The tree is waiting.

      My sister gave me a small aluminum tree which I put on a table. It is fun.

      The fake pine never gets undecorated. I just cover it in a tree bag and bring it intact to the cellar. I think the lights were really old so it was no wonder they died.

      Have fun!!

  2. flyboybob Says:

    Having never had a Christmas tree, I never knew the frustrations of the Christmas season. Untangling lights, cleaning up the mess of the needles from the floor or having my house burn down as a result of a dry tree and loaded up electrical circuits. 🙂 However, we do watch carefully as we light the candles on the Chanukah menorahs so as not to burn up our house. I don’t think the candles we buy have enough energy to burn down the house. They’re more like birthday candles. My spouse liked collecting menorahs and we light at least a couple of them at the same time each night.

    I’m always amazed at how many Christmas songs were either written by Jews or performed by them, beginning with ‘White Christmas’ by Irving Berlin. Mel Torme’ wrote my favorite, ‘The Christmas Song’ in July in Los Angles during a heat wave. I guess that invoking the image of chestnuts roasting on an open fire made him feel cooler in the days before central air conditioning.

    I was never offended by folks wishing me a Merry Christmas until it became a theme of the right wing nut cases to whom ‘Happy Holidays’ was somehow an expression of the “war” on Christmas by those godless liberals and the entire national news media who are the purveyors of all that fake news.:-) I know who among my coworkers express this view and when they wish me a Merry Christmas I wish them a Happy Holidays just to get their blood pressure up.:-) Of course 45 renewed this culture war issue by sending out Christmas cards expressing Merry Christmas and then making a big announcement that he was not going to follow that heathen, foreign born predecessor Obama who wrote cards that said ‘Happy Holidays’. 🙂

    If Roy Moore is elected to the US Senate next week we will have hit the jackpot on crackpots. We will have a devout Christian who believes that homosexuality should be a criminal offense, that the ten commandments must be displayed everywhere and that judges don’t have to follow laws they don’t agree with which got him impeached from the Alabama Supreme Court not once but twice. Oh, and he’s not only a racist and a misogynist but also a child molester.

    The cold snap has gone and we are now enjoying clear skies and high temperatures in the upper sixties.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      My father never put his lights away right so they were always tangled. He had no patience and would go crazy trying to untangle them. I put mine away neatly and have no problem with tangles.

      The lights on trees aren’t hot enough any more to cause fires, and I think people are too smart to load the circuits. That was more my father’s generation. I usually have only one plug connected to a button I can step on to light and unlight the tree. When I was a kid, one of us had to crawl under the tree to plug in the lights behind the tree.

      I say Merry Christmas and then add Happy Holidays as it is inclusive. It includes Chanukah, Kwanza and spiritually significant days for Muslims, Buddhists, Pagans and Zoroastrians.

      The women who said on camera she preferred a pedophile to a democrat horrified me. That is what the republican party has come to.

      Ugly day here today. Rainy and dark.

      • Bob Says:

        I missed that quote about preferring a child molester to a Democrat. What that woman really ment is that the Democratic Party represents blacks and she hates blacks more than pedophiles.

        We had a park here that had a statue of Robert E. Lee and the park bore his name. The city council voted to remove the statue in October and raised the ire of the mostly Republican white community.they think confederate soldiers are heroes and part of their southern heritage. However, the statue was erected and the park’s name changed in the 1920s during the height of the Jim Crow era and the KKK. When several of my coworkers made fun that black sensibilities towards the statue was just over sensitivity. I said that Lee and all the confederates were traitors to the U.S. during the civil war. No one here would allow German Americans to build statues to Hitler claiming it’s their heritage.

        I don’t know if we will ever get over the unconscious bias most white Americans have against blacks, Hispanics, Muslims or Jews. The fear of the ‘other’ especially color is alive and well. It’s that fear that drives gun sales.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        It was a proper Southern lady. I found her horrifying.

        You’re right about Lee and his cohorts. They were traitors to the United States and don’t deserve being honored. The War of Northern Aggression is the way it is still described by many Southerners.

        No one is born with hate. It is taught and will continue. Much of this bias is a conscious effort to exclude, to abase and to marginalize. Having a Black president did nothing to change peoples’ attitudes and beliefs. Having a president who blatantly exhibits this bias with his rhetoric adds even more to peoples’ fears.

      • Bob Says:

        I believe that having had Obama as president paved the way for Trump. When white folks say they voted for change in 2016 they mean that they voted against having a black president.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        You may be right. Many people in this country resented having a Black man who is intelligent, well spoken, personable, versed in the law and the government and who looks to each decision, not about the money it will make but the value it will give people.

  3. Birgit Says:

    We even got some more snow here today but it will be gone tomorrow. Biking was possible so we went to a nearby Christmas church market. Besides coffee, cake and potato pancakes I bought some gifts, used books and other things.
    Christmas isn’t filled with warm memories and most of the old family tree decorations haven’t left the cellar for years but my window sill plants already got some lights. Straw stars will be added later. Why hurry, I still have two more weeks.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I did little today. I just didn’t feel great. It was not enough sleep. I did put trash and such in the trunk for a dump run tomorrow and made three trips upstairs with furniture moved from the living room to give space to the tree. The furniture was heavy, and it was one piece at a time. I just need one more trip. I did finish my cards, and I’ll drop them in the post office box tomorrow.

      I love offbeat places to present hunt. I have some neat gifts from local shops.

      The Colorado gifts I was waiting for came in today so I can close up the bags and get them to UPS on Monday.

      I have to get at my tree. I am really missing it decorated and lit. I’m going to finish tomorrow as only the dump is on my to-do list.

      It’s true. I’m thinking everything has to be done right now. I do need to mail stuff but I can go slowly on the house as I’m the only one who will see it until Christmas Eve.


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