“Christmas isn’t a season. It is a feeling.”

Today is rainy but warm. It is an errand day. I even have to go to Hyannis. I always think of that as the big city. Friday I got an e-mail from the Apple hospital. My computer is ready. It should arrive in Sandwich either today or tomorrow. Yesterday I finished organizing the presents. Tonight I start wrapping Colorado with Wednesday my target day to mail them. Christmas is afoot!

I have admitted watching the Hallmark Christmas movies. I’ve watched so many I pretty much know all the plots: girl meets boy or girl meets former boyfriend or meets someone with whom she competes for a job or to win a baking contest, and they fall in love or back in love in some movies. Then there is the save the inn or save the mountain or save the cute little town from greedy developers movies. At the end of each movie there is always a kiss between the two main characters. What amazes me most in these movies are the decorations. Everything is decorated with strings of lights, poinsettias and Christmas ornaments. Every Christmas tree is a giant covered in lights, ornaments, ribbons and the kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter. I watch anyway. I am a sucker for Christmas.

When I think about Christmas, I think about my mother. She made every Christmas a joy. Her presents were legendary. I remember the times new presents appeared under the tree after we’d open all of the rest. She’d find those presents in closets or under the bed or in other hiding places. She’d slip them under the tree hoping we wouldn’t notice. We always did.

It is no wonder that my sisters and I love Christmas. It is one of the greatest gift my mother gave us.

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6 Comments on ““Christmas isn’t a season. It is a feeling.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Think about how much money Hallmark makes in a year. They and the studio who actually produce the films has a huge property department along with a huge budget and they can make anything look huge. In the end It’s Hollywood, the land of make believe. 🙂

    Years ago on a trip to Los Angeles we toured Universal Studios. One part of the tour was the front of a western town. They also had a one foot deep ditch running down the street next to a track for the camera dolly. The ditch was where the female supporting character walked along with the leading male character in the film. The reason she walked in a ditch was to make her look shorter in the shot than the shorter male lead. 🙁

    Another cloudy cool day with temperatures in the low 70s. A cool front is approaching with rain by morning and lower temperatures with a slight chance of snow flurries or a little sleet. However, it won’t stick because the ground is still warm. By the time the temperature at ground level gets below freezing the precipitation will have ended by the afternoon.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I like to wander around the Hallmark store. They have such neat gifts. I also like the ornaments, especially the ones which move. They have great Star Trek ornaments, and I get my sister a new one every year. I don’t leave myself out either.

      Hallmark movies are never sad. I do wish their decorators would come here and put lights in the living room, kitchen and bedrooms the same way as in the movies. My house is naked in comparison as I haven’t gotten around to decorating. I have tubs of decorations in the cellar.

      I always wonder how they compensate for short in stature actors like Tom Cruise. Thanks for the insight.

      It has poured all day. I got soaked unloading the car. There is still stuff I need to bring inside but it can wait for a dry tomorrow. It could reach 60˚ tomorrow.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        I once was a photo of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Becall sitting off stage between scenes. Bogey was wearing what looked like large, short, cans strapped to his shoes to make him taller next to his leading lady.

      • katry Says:

        I guess being shorter is more humiliating than wearing silly cans.

  2. hedley Says:

    Netflix has kicked Hallmark to the curb for my Christmas movies. Saved for the perfect evening is Christmas Prince The Royal Baby, the third in the series of low budget high sugar movies starring the royals from Aldovia.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I watched the first movie when the Prince was wed. I’ll just have to watch the baby’s debut. Thanks!

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