Holiday Entanglements to Avoid and Why You Can Land a JumboJet in our Hallway Now

Thursday, December 17, 2009 | | |

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).

6 comments:

  1. Ethan says:

    Love the frog picture!

  2. Emmy says:

    My husband can't stand the really detailed Christmas letters. He likes the ones with a picture and a paragraph at best. :)

    Sounds like your kids did an awesome job with the lights

  3. rlsecor says:

    Love the frog picture too - that actually makes me think of an interesting or fun maybe idea for a post/ photo project...

    Totally with you on the Cmas music - most of time the new twists are totally a no go -

    I am so glad my kids don't really do electrical things YET and that after a particularly rough "entanglement" a few years back that lead to angry smashing and stomping of lights - we now replace ALL of our lights every few years. Fire safety freak in me feels better too... Hey thats what they do at the Temple! And now there are light recycling dropoffs too!

    Oh and the little "posts you may like" thingy on your blog reminded me that I actually saw 2 shoes in the street the other night - they were a matched set of mens running shoes. Wish I had my camera.

  4. The Texas Bakers says:

    I think Jon is always as interested as the kids to see what's inside when they unwrap their presents! Thanks for the card, BTW. Or should I say, thank your wife? You did get one from us, just so you know. Or you will soon. :o) If we had lights on our floor, they would be crushed before you could say "Kris Kringle"!

  5. Spot On Your Pants says:

    hello there. here's to another year of blogging. happy new year!

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