“As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.”

It was freezing cold last night, down to 19˚, and it is freezing cold right now. Today’s high will be 24˚ though I think calling it high is a misnomer. I’m glad for the de-icer on the front steps as the two steps are dry and safe for both paws and feet. The day is pretty with a blue sky and sun but both are best seen through the window. I am staying warm and cozy right here.

I don’t have a list for today. My laundry got done yesterday, a miracle for me as it usually sits a while, the house is decorated, presents wrapped and the cards written. Maybe I’ll decide what to make for Christmas or maybe I’ll just sit in the living room with the tree lit and read a bit.

When I was a kid, each day closer to Christmas made me even more excited. I remember watching Santa Claus on TV every afternoon, and he’d do a countdown to Christmas Eve, his busiest day of the year. He’d read letters from kids, tell stories and show off new toys. I don’t even remember if I thought he was the real deal or not. I was never skeptical about Christmas. I believed everything.

I do love Christmas. My house is awash with decorations. The living room tree is as tall as it can be and still accommodate the star at the very top. Other trees, mostly wooden, are strewn around the house. The scrub pine in the dining room is lit every evening. The small wooden tree on the side table has white lights wrapped around it as does the driftwood tree in the bathroom. They all look so very lovely when lit. They make my house feel warm even on the coldest nights.

I seem to have run out of films of A Christmas Carol to watch. My number sits at six. Today I’ll watch another favorite of mine, The Bishop’s Wife. I know I’ve seen all these movies many times, but I still look forward to seeing them again. The Christmas season does that to me: it keeps the wonder alive.

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12 Comments on ““As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    It’s the Third Sunday in Advent – GAUDETE Kat. We rejoice

    We returned from Services to turn on ESPN Gameday and hear them say “I think that I just saw Randy Moss sign a dog, we need to confirm that”. Yes it was my daughter, her husband, and their Yorkie Brady (yup). So for the next hour we cackled at the TV at the three of them awfully close and with a lot of camera time. No football until the Steelers and Pats at 4:30.

    It is the season and the spirit of the season

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,

      Celebrate! Rejoice! It is time to light the pink candle.

      That’s too funny. The odds against all of that are astronomical: that they would have their dog autographed, that TV would catch the moment and that you would turn on the TV in time to catch it.

      It is the season, and I so love Christmas.

  2. olof1 Says:

    It fell down to 11,3F as coldest here during the day but now it slowly gets warmer again and all snow that fell will most likely be gone by Christmas. I actually would have preferred it to stay a degree or two below 32 instead of it all melting away and making the roads messy again. One more week and then two weeks vacation 🙂

    I can’t remember seeing Santa on tv when I grew up. Swedish Television was slightly to the left of the Soviet Union back then so anything as commercial as Santa would have been banned. We were most likely watching something about starving children somewhere and was most likely told it was because of the USA 🙂 🙂 🙂
    It could also have been movies from the eastern block where happy young communists helped people in need 🙂 It’s no wonder that especially my generation still loves all the Disney movies and can see them over and over again 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It is so cold now as the day didn’t get a whole lot warmer than last night. Nothing melted. It will be colder again tonight.

      The program I saw was from a channel in New Hampshire. There weren’t many Christmas when I was young, not like now. I do remember watching some movies.

      I totally understand loving Walt Disney cartoons. They are fun and happy.

      I loved my Christmas vacation. Its was only a week, bu it was wonderful!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It was very cold here too but the sun was shining and there was no wind. My dead coyote hat keeps my head warm and that makes the rest of me more or less impervious to cold. Good thing, too, as Piki Dog’s medication makes him drink more, pee more and poop more. Frequent trips to the yard are necessary and I don’t always have time to put on outer wear except for the hat.

    My grand accomplishment for today was to wash the pile of dishes in the sink and bake a sweet potato. It’s not much but I was industrious yesterday. Moderation in all things, I say. 🙂

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      With the snow, I have taken to letting Gracie go out front. She can’t roam far, but I still keep an eye on her. I have to help her up and down the front stairs. When we go in the car, I put her coat on her to keep her warm.

      I didn’t do much today as there wasn’t much to do. I had misplaced my card address box so I have to write some after they come in. Just in case, I bought some New Year’s cards.

      It was a fun evening. I hope yours was!

  4. Bob Says:

    Tonight Fox will put on a live performance of ‘A Christmas Story’ Little Ralph Parker wishing for a Red Rider BB gun and his mother’s retort, ‘You’ll put your eye out’ is universal. I’m recording the performance to watch the Cowboys play the Raiders. The loser is out of the playoff picture.

    Even though we were Jewish kids we also fell into the anticipation of Santa’s arrival. Of course, after four or so we knew it was BS but it’s the holiday season.

    When I was teenager in NYC I listened to a zany radio philosopher and personality named Jean Shepherd tell stories every night on WOR radio from ten thirty to eleven. He wrote the book that’s the basis of the movie, ‘A Christmas Story’. He was the film’s narrator. The book of short stories is called,’ Wanda Hicky’s Night of Golden Memories:And Other Disasters’ and ‘In God We Trust, All Other’s Pay Cash’.

    Cloudy skies but temperature in the low 50s. Rain is predicted for Tuesday.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I also recorded it as I was with my friends. We watched the end of the Pats and then we played a game or two.

      I was older than four before I found out. I think you were early as even today kids are older. My niece’s five year old is heavy into Christmas and Santa. Of course, the eleven year old isn’t.

      I read both of Jean Shepherd’s books. I like that he narrates the movie. Its makes it a bit real somehow.

      It is still really cold.


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