“Christmas is forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving are not to be put away.”

The morning looks lovely. The sky is blue, and it frames a bright sun, but it is cold, so very cold. The high today will be 39 degrees. I’m going out to shop along 6A at the small stores so I’m going to layer.

When I was a kid, we had turkey for Christmas dinner, but none of us minded the repeat. When we were older, we had either roast beef or a honey ham. I loved both of them. The squash dish and the mashed potatoes stayed on the menu. I was my mother’s sous chef, and I’d also set the table. It was so festive with her Spode dishes and her green napkins and green placemats. The vegetables too were served in Spode. In the middle of the table was usually a bouquet of flowers in Christmas colors. Unlike at Thanksgiving, we’d linger at the table even after we’d finished eating. We’d then clean up the table and bring out the desserts, a multitude of desserts. There were pies, cookies and candy. I always made lots of desserts including English toffee and orange cookies, my mother’s favorites. I still make both of them.

My mother went to pick out the tree. She always chose a perfect tree. The price didn’t matter except to my father so my mother lied only to him. The rest of us knew. A $50 tree became a $35 tree. My father used to brag to his sister, my favorite aunt, about how cheap the beautiful tree was. I think she knew, but she never gave my mother away.

After I learned to make evergreen wreaths, my father would drive me in his little truck to the woods. I’d point to the branches I wanted, and he’d cut them then load them into his truck. I’d make the wreaths then decorate them with found objects like pine cones and acorns. The last touch was always a bow.

My sisters and I are grateful for the gift of Christmas my parents gave us. We remember them every year in so many ways, in so many traditions now passed down to another generation

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5 Comments on ““Christmas is forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving are not to be put away.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The herd disbursed. I took my son and his wife to Metro, came home to see Tottenham Hotspur win again

    The remainders went out and I headed to the basement to retrieve the tree I continue threaten to replace with a prelit but haven’t. Now what music do I need to do this…I know The Magnetic Fields “50 Song Memoir” The genius that is Stephin Merritt sings for each year of his life….not the obvious Bob Dylan Christmas in the Heart, but as the tree goes up and the lights go on, we all look back to those memories.

    Tomorrow Mrs MDH can decorate it. Me? I am done for the night, music or football ? I wanna watch LSU

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      You have had a wonderful day. Your company is gone and you got to watch Tottenham. If you had added a nap, it would have been the perfect day. I went shopping locally today to some of my favorite stores. I was able to finish getting gifts for a couple of people. It was fun shopping. I did come home and take a nap.

      I like real trees. I’ll get mine later because I have to decorate first. I also need more lights. As for music, my station has started to play Christmas music. I sang along with Andy and a few other favorites.

      I may go through my gifts tomorrow to see what I need to get. I do think I am finished except for my sisters.

      Enjoy your games.

    • katry Says:

      I haven’t heard Buffy for ages. This is a wonderful choice. A tree song is perfect to get me thinking about decorating. My fake tree is lit in the dining room so there is a bit of Christmas about the house.

      I did some shopping today and found some interesting gifts for people. I was able to finish a friend and my brother-in-law so it was a good day.

      The concert may just jump start your Christmas spirit.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    The worst part of the holiday season is at the end we have to live through the month of January. It’s a huge let down month marked by cold weather and gray skies with no redemption. January also brings all the bills for all the stuff that we bought since Thanksgiving. I consider New Year’s Day part of December.

    The other day we watched our first Christmas movie of the season, “Miracle on 34th Street” and not the colorized version. My favorite holiday movie is “A Christmas Story”, but I’m a huge Jean Shepherd fan since I was a teenager. I can hear my mother’s voice coming out of the department store Santa to Ralphy, “Hey kid you’ll shot your eye out”. Every part of that movie strikes a familiarity from even though I never lived in the 1930s nor ever celebrated Christmas.

    Regardless of what you celebrate at this time of year we should all practice peace and goodwill towards each other all year long. We should try to come together and compromise our diffences to solve our mutual problems rather than stirring up hate, suspicion and divisiveness. The first step is to work as hard as we can to defeat Trump and the Senate Republicans who are destroying our democratic republic.

    Today was beautiful with clear skies and temperatures in the mid seventies.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Today I went local business Saturday shopping. I spent big bucks at one stop, but I was able to finish buying presents for four people. I was excited with my finds. That is the part of these shops. They carry gifts you won’t find in any of the usual stores. I also bought a couple of things for me including an old porch corner piece and a new Christmas table runner. I was glad a couple of the stores were busy.

      I watched the Seymour Hicks Christmas Carol from the 30’s today. I hate that they colorized it as this film perfectly depicts the London of Scrooge’s time with its opulence and poverty. Hicks’ Scrooge is beyond unpleasant. I also love to watch A Christmas Story every year. I get your sense of familiarity with the time as I feel it too.

      I agree that as long as we have the current administration we will have divisiveness. He lives on pitting people against each other and denigrating anyone who doesn’t agree with him. He is determined to make money from the presidency and to pander to his rich cronies. I am so sad about what he has done to our country.

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