A few holiday observations….
As a general rule Christmas Music = Awesome, EXCEPT WHEN IT’S A “NEW” VERSION BY A CURRENT “ARTIST” TRYING TO PUT THEIR OWN SPIN ON A CLASSIC BY FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING THE TUNE AND/OR SINGING IT IN A WAY THAT ACTUALLY MAKES YOU LOSE THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT.
I’m just sayin’….
Christmas lights are sweet to look at and even sweeter when hung by someone other than me. I fought only a small battle with the strands of icicle lights (the worst tanglers) this year – it was more of a skirmish. But there were several points when I walked my troubling ball of cheer over to the trash can because I wasn’t sure I’d get it untangled in time for Christmas or even Easter. This was PRECISELY what George Washington was referring to when he warned of the peril of “entanglements.” Happily there are now electric icicles hanging on our gutters and some nights we even remember to plug them in.
On the light theme – my kids have decided that they are in charge of the indoor Christmas lights, which is cool with me. They’ve strung lights up and down our super-long upstairs hallway on the floor by the walls. This creates the sensation that as you walk down the hallway you’re actually a 747 landing at an airport with a carpeted runway. To enhance the fun the kids often droop strands of lights over the balcony so low that unobservant walkers-by may accidentally become part of the display.
Presents = something the Mrs HTF does. Sorry, but I’m a very typical guy in this respect. Remember my post from last year? (neither did I). The reason for this isn’t from a lack of trying, it’s just that it ALWAYS ends badly. The analogy is me dunking a basketball – I can try, but it’s just not ever gonna work out quite the way it’s supposed to. Simple fact.
We get way fewer Christmas Cards than we send out. That makes me think lots of different things. One of which is that clearly some postal worker is hoarding our cards. (I won’t accept that perhaps we have fewer friends than we have Outlook Contacts) But I am learning that it’s entirely possible that Facebook is partially replacing Christmas Newsletter sending. It’s cheaper I guess and you don’t have to go to Kinkos.
Also, gingerbread houses are WAY less stable than non-gingerbread houses.
Anyway, sincerely hope you’re all having a good holiday season so far (meaning that you’re not shopping, not untangling lights, not listening to really-bad Christmas music, and not mailing detailed newsletters).