“We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”

Just two days days until Santa starts his rounds. I’m figuring lots of elves are busy at the North Pole, probably no cocoa breaks. I was told Santa leaves filled toy bags all over the world as his sleigh can carry only so much. That makes perfect sense though I wondered if magic was involved so the bags were always hidden.

We didn’t have a fireplace. Our stockings were hung on the stair rail in the living room. Β They were small red stockings with a white cuff. Each name was written on the cuff and the letters were covered in gold glitter. My sister Moe is the only one of us who has her stocking. I can’t imagine what happened to mine. I’d never throw away anything of Christmas. Anyway, back to no fireplace. My mother told us Santa would find a way, maybe the door or maybe the window. We had nothing to worry about: he’d come just as expected. She was right.

Around this time before Christmas, my mother put presents under the tree, ones from her and my father. My sister Moe was an expert at making holes indiscernible to any human eye. It didn’t matter if the present was for her or not. She just wanted to know what was in the wrapped paper. This peeking led to another skill developed over time. Moe can shake just about any box and tell you what’s inside. One Christmas, she and Rod, her husband, were headed to a Christmas party. Moe wanted something new to wear so the shaking of presents from my mother and father began. She found a new blouse then decided she needed to accessorize. She shook a few more boxes and found new earrings. Moe has given up the small holes, but she still shakes.

I put presents under my tree yesterday. They are from Moe and Rod. One is a book. Wrapping didn’t hide its feel, its shape. It was an easy guess; however, I will go a step further and guess the book is a new James Patterson.

I have lots to do today and tomorrow. I still need to do some baking, and I need to do the wash I couldn’t do the other day as I was out of laundry detergent. I thought that was wonderful but I gave in and bought some yesterday. I didn’t want to, but I did anyway.

Today is cloudy, dark. Rain is expected though most of the rest of the state will have snow. It is really warm, in the 40’s, though it will get cold tonight. The long range temperature is a snowy Christmas. I love that.

 

 

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10 Comments on ““We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Yesterday the high temperatures was 75 and this morning the temperature was 49 which will be today’s high. It’s been cloudy with periods of light rain and slowly getting colder. No snow for us on Monday but cold weather down to a low in the high 20s.

    Perception is reallity. Today, 45 signed the biggest tax break in history for big businesses and billionaires while praising it’s great effects for working Americans. Several big companies are offering $1,000 bonuses to their workers as a publicity stunt to thank 45 and his Republican cohorts in congress. Everyone of those companies are either big government suppliers like Boeing or are looking for a favorable ruling on a merger that will hurt consumers such as AT&T and Comcast. “Look ma, Trump gave me a thousand dollars”. “That’s nice but we had better save it to pay for the higher income tax next year”. It’s a Christmas present to the top 1% that even they couldn’t imagine. It’s also a budget buster. πŸ™

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Wow, that is really cold, down to the 20’s. I have no precipitation, but it is snowing north of Boston into New Hampshire. Some of it is mixed with rain so it is sloppy and slippery.

      I was surprised he signed it this year even though he promised. If he had waited, it would have had little effect on the 2018 elections as people would haven’t started to feel the real pain.

      There was the $1000.00 speech from a senator who explained what people might do with this windfall. You could buy a new car or redo your kitchen. He said the average pay was $70,000. I have no idea where that man was living.

      • Bob Says:

        It’s difficult to determine what a politician will say. Trump and Roy Moore both say they didn’t molest woman. Trump said he killed Obamacare today, he said Obama wasn’t a native born American and Putin is a good man. Bush II met with Putin and said he looked into his soul and he saw a good man. Regardless if their mouth is moving what is coming out will be beneficial to their cause and or their reelection. Unlike Joesph Goebbels, 45 can’t just shutdown the opposition press. We have something called the first amendment. He just calls anything he disagrees with as fake news.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Nope, nothing can be believed. I figure if he says it’s raining we should run out and see if we get wet.

        Trump wants on top, and it doesn’t matter how he gets there, lying helps as does accusing the press of lying. We all get so confused none of us knows what’s going on.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve told this story here before. Our chimney ran down beside the china closet in the dining room. There was no fireplace. I don’t know how this started but I assume at some point my mother told us Santa would come down the chimney and out through the china closet. Every Christmas Eve until my youngest brother no longer believed, everything had to come out of the china closet and be put on the table so that Santa wouldn’t break anything when he landed.

    It snowed before dawn this morning but it didn’t amount to much. It was just grey and damp all morning. I went out late morning to hit the bank, the mailbox, the pet store and the grocery store. By the time I was finished, it had started snowing very lightly. Now it’s snowing very steadily. It’s pretty. Especially since I don’t have to go out in it until later tomorrow.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That is is funny, all of that work for Santa! I wonder if it was your mother’s way of rearranging the China closet. We didn’t have a chimney so we believed he’d make it anyway. In the movie The Santa Claus he made his own chimney opening and he flattened his body to fit in the pipe on the roof.

      We got nothing here. I swear I saw flakes then when I opened the door there were none. It is just raw and cold here. We aren’t expecting snow but could have some sleet later.

      Stay warm!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Christmas stockings aren’t very common here (yet). We usually have a plate with cookies, fruit and candies at Christmas and shoes at the front door on St. Nicholas Day waiting to be filled with sweets. Shoes or stockings, sounds like the same origin.

    Yesterday I saw a picture what to do with laundry around Christmas. Put it in a round basket, pile it up and shape it like a cone and put a big star on top πŸ™‚

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I did get the laundry washed and dried, but it is still in the dryer. I brought up my Christmas dishes from the cellar and brought down my Christmas glasses from the cabinet. One batch of cookies are made and put into tins. I vacuumed, but then I had company for a few hours so I didn’t get anything else done; regardless, I feel accomplished.

      Tomorrow will be my marathon baking day.

  4. olof1 Says:

    Jultomten (The Yule Gnome) will visit all children tomorrow the 24th here in Sweden and he doesn’t have any elves, he has tomtenissar (I really can’t translate that πŸ™‚ ). They are more or less just smaller gnomes. He doesn’t live on the north pole either, he lives in the wilderness in northern Sweden called Lappland. The Finns believes he lives in Finland for some reason I can’t understand πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    It is warm and very windy here today and it will stay warm for some days but the wind will blow away and rain will come instead.

    I need to do my laundry and the ham too but that’s it, I’ll just relax and take naps πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I love all your gnomes and witches. The Yule Gnome is a wonder. Santa seems so common. I’d think that Lapland would be dark and snowy. I was once in Finnish Lapland in the summer when the sun was up most of the night and in Iceland in winter when the sun didn’t appear until late in the morning.

      It is warm here also, in the 50’s which seems so strange for nearly the end of December.

      The laundry is still in the drier.

      Have a great day!!


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