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

It is in the afternoon because I have had a busy morning. I had a doctor’s appointment then I rode around trying to find Michael’s. I didn’t but I found the store when I goggled it at home. I also went to the library and one other place then dragged myself home. I am tired because yesterday I hauled a few boxes up from the cellar so I can begin decorating. I also hauled stuff upstairs that had been replaced by Christmas. My list of to do for Christmas is long.

Today is ugly. It started raining last night and continued until just a while ago. It is 44 degrees so no snow, but other parts of the state got walloped. The storm has been dubbed Ezekiel.

My radio station has started playing Christmas music. I sing along with all the songs. I love Christmas music and think it gets short shrift.

I made vanilla a few months and bought bottles so I can give everyone some . I also bought small Bolga baskets to hold the vanilla. That’s two gifts in one.

Huzzah! Huzzah! All of my laundry is finished. It took four loads, but the last load, sheets, is still in the dryer. I just didn’t feel like folding them. Besides, I never do a good job on the fitted sheets even though I saw a how to video. I admit I was driven to finish my laundry as I had run out of underwear.

My sister has the family nativity set we put out every year when I was a kid. I have a duplicate I bought over time on eBay. The only problem is Balthazar towers over the other two wise men. He is double their height. I put him in the back, but he is hard not to miss. I could hunt down the right one, but I sort of like the quirkiness he brings to the nativity.

When I was a kid, every December day heighten our anticipation. We wanted our tree right away. Finally, after what seemed like forever, the tree was bought and brought inside. I remember the naked tree standing in the corner waiting to be decorated, waiting while its branches dropped. The aroma of pine filled the living room.

My sisters and I inherited our mother’s love for Christmas. We are all so very thankful to her.

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

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    How do you make vanilla?

    Balthazar means Bel protects the king. It’s appropriate that he should be a big guy. 🙂

    No tree for me. I buy a wreath from my local Boy Scout every year and that, along with a spruce candle, supplies the piney smell of Christmas. I thought I was out of luck this year as my local Boy Scout aged out and went off to college and his mother said she was done. 🙂 But a friend’s grandson is a Boy Scout and he is selling wreaths this year.

    It was mostly snow up here. There was a short period of rain, just enough to make the snow slushy before freezing it into solid lumps of ice. I snowblowed the absolute minimum needed to get out. There wasn’t a lot of accumulation so I wasn’t sure my plow person would come. I only removed some of the plow row in front of my jeep just in case. He came a couple of hours later but there was still plenty for him to do. Not looking forward to doing this again tomorrow.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      All you need is vanilla beans and vodka. I poured the vodka into a glass jar and added the split vanilla beans. The beans are so expensive I wonder if I’m saving any money, but then I figure all that booze is going to make quite the vodka. It is so dark in the jar. I shook it periodically.

      There is big and there is enormous. I’m glad he protects the king as no one will mess with my Balthazar.

      I have always put up a tree. This year I am toying with one big or a small and a medium tree together. I loved coming down the stairs and smelling my tree. I sit in the living room just to look at it. I put a wreath on my gate out front.

      One side of the fence lights isn’t on. I think the outside plug got wet. I thought about going to the plug but it is still too ugly out. I’ll check it tomorrow. I found out where Michael’s is in Hyannis so I’ll bring what I need to be framed.

      We may get some snow tomorrow. We got quite a bit of rain today. Skip usually calls me to see if I need him to plow.

      Stay warm.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I also wondered about the Vanilla thing 🙂 🙂 I’ve had a Vanilla orchid so I just couldn’t figure out what You meant 🙂 🙂 🙂

    We did have a nativity set when I grew up and it was mine but my mother gavce iot away to someone, she tends to give away things that isn’t hers to be honest. I’ve looked for a new one but never found one I’ve really liked but the hunting after one goes on.

    I’m thinking of buying a potted tree again this year but I can’t chose what kind 🙂 There’s still plenty of time though and if I can’t decide I still have my little plastic spruce that I can use 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I use the vanilla in baking and always buy expensive vanilla as there are imitation vanillas which taste awful. Many stores hide the real vanilla as people steal it and drink it in the store as so much of it is alcohol.

      I have all sorts of nativity sets from all sorts of places. I don’t have a favorite.

      I’ll get my tree sometimes next week. Right now they are soaked from two d and of rain. I’ll hope they’ll dry. I have a couple of small fake trees, small enough for a table.

      Enjoy your 3day!

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