“Oh, the Christmas tree’s my favorite, Of all the trees that grow.”

Today is becoming a pretty day. The early morning clouds are giving way to the sun and a bit of blue sky here and there. It is 40˚and will get even warmer, 45˚. It is too warm for December. Last night was cold and still. The air was wonderfully clear, and I could see the stars. Today I’ll see the sun.

I celebrate each solstice, but the winter solstice, today, is my favorite. When I was a kid, I was taught it was the shortest day of the year. Later, I learned it was also the longest night of the year, a bit eerier than the shortest day. Long nights are iffy. Some people I have known find nights long and sometimes unnerving. I really like the nights when everything is quiet and almost all the houses are dark. When I worked, I was forced to go to bed early as 5:15 was wake up time. Now I am up later into the night.

I love the Christmas lights shining around houses and bushes. I can have a mini-light ride just in my neighborhood. Usually I’m the only car on the road.

I watched another Christmas Carol film, the one with Reginald Owen my second favorite from the early years. This one is from 1938. I always thought the ghost of Marley looked exactly like a ghost should. The other ghosts looked liked people with magic powers, favorite sorts of reading subjects of mine when I was a kid. Touching the robes of the ghosts to move in time looked real to me. The sprinkling from the horn with the Spirit of Christmas Cheer by the Ghost of Christmas Present was the best. The light spread Christmas, some peace and joy. We saw toasts to Scrooge by the Cratchits and Scrooge’s nephew Fred, lovers of the season, not so much of Mr. Scrooge, but it was the final ghost, the dark ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Future, who turned Scrooge, scared him into understanding what his future would be if he didn’t change, didn’t celebrate Christmas with everyone. This version has my favorite Scrooge, the final Scrooge, an amazing giver. His smile beamed.

This is the time of year when memories seem to pop into my head. I still remember where the Christmas trees were in each house where we lived from the first time I remember, when I was around three or four, until the last time, six months before I was leaving for Ghana. After I came home, I’d visit my parents at Christmas, and I’d help my mother finish decorating the tree. One year and every year thereafter I was in charge of lights, an onerous task. It took a while and some new sets of lights to get the whole tree lit, but it was always beautiful, always in the same spot. My mother made Christmas grand.

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6 Comments on ““Oh, the Christmas tree’s my favorite, Of all the trees that grow.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Up here further north the days have been just as short for a couple of days before the solstice and it won’t change noticiable for a couple of days more. Well it is better than further north where they now have had polar night for several weeks 🙂 🙂

    It’s cold here and will get even colder closer to Christmas, I would gladely have Your temperatures but then again this will kill lots of ticks 🙂 so i guess it’s worth it anyway 🙂

    Happy Solstice!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I hate that it gets dark so early. I know we’re getting a teeny bit of the day back now, but it is too small to make a difference.

      Today was in the 50’s, but it was rainy and damp all day. Already the cold is creeping in, and it will be down to the 30’s tonight and into tomorrow. I guess I shouldn’t complain when it gets cold. It is winter after all.

      And a Happy Solstice to you as well!

  2. Rowen Says:

    Happy Solstice, Kat! A grand post today.

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    The sun is shining and a mild 62°. Unfortunately, here at my desk it seems colder than it is outside. 🙂

    According to this website:


    There are 57 movie versions of “A Christmas Carol”. How many of them have you seen? Are you going to watch all 57 versions?

    A discovered that my company is closed on the 24th and I will have to find something to do. I may come up to work anyway and finish up my many projects.

    The good thing about the winter solstice is that the days will slowly begin getting longer starting tomorrow. Soon we will be back on daylight savings time and I can enjoy the quiet of my patio after work. I should be living in Hawaii. There the average temperature all year long is between the 70s in the morning to the 80s in the afternoons. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to live there. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      The early part of the day was in the 50’s, but the cold will be back starting tonight. It rained all day today but it mostly misted.

      I haven’t seen more than I have seen of that list. Most of the cartoons like Bugs I haven’t seen. I have seen a few of the strange onesie the one written by Serling. That was weirder than anything. Patrick Stewart is superb, I think.

      I can hardly wait until the change in daylight begins to be noticed. Right now is just so dark too early. I think it’s late, but it is only still the afternoon.

      I haven’t ever wanted to live in Hawaii.

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