Monday · observations · Uncategorized

Monday, Santa’s sleigh…

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I grew up in the Snowbelt where there was lots of..well…snow.  We almost always had a least a little snow at Christmas so there was little worry about how Santa’s sleigh would get around.  But I did wonder about how he managed in the warmer climates.

But being the brilliant child I was…some of the brilliance has sorta wore off with the years…I figured it out. 

Santa has lots of smart, inventive, creative, and hard-working elves that knew out how to fix the sleigh for warm places and for times there is no snow in cold places.

images (95)You see, the sleigh not only has runners it also has wheels.  The runners and wheels are retractable.  When there is snow Santa has the runners in place and when there is no snow he retracts the runners and lets the wheels down.

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Santa and his elves are no slouches.  They know what to do in all weather systems.  This fact certainly made the move to the South easier.

 I still worry a bit about the Easter bunny, though.  He doesn’t have transportation and he has a lot of miles to hop.  

just thoughts · Thursday · Uncategorized

Thursday, not a holiday kinda peep…

images (66)I am not much of a Holiday kinda person.

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I am not a total Grinch.

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 But for the most part if I went to sleep Thanksgiving night and woke up New Years day that would be okay with me.

 Well, maybe I would like to have a couple of days to wander around the stores to look at the pretties.

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Oh, and I do like making little gifts to give in appreciation of friendship and love.

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Today, I think I have mixed feelings about the holidays.

Tuesday

Tuesday, ten things remembered…

Christmas in the post-War United States
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Today is Tuesday, December 21, 201

10 things I remember about my Ma and Christmas

  1. Every year the Wish Candle would be brought out the week before Christmas.  It was an ordinary big red candle with a bow stuck on it and there was a small notebook beside it.  Everyone that came in the house, until New Years Eve, would light the candle, make a wish, blow the candle out, and sign the book. And I mean everyone including the milkman, the  mailman, and anyone else who might wander in.
  2. She always made her gift list  after she went shopping not before.  I don’t know why she didn’t make  a list before shopping like most people, but I do know she made a list after so she wouldn’t forget to give the gift or give it to the wrong person.
  3. If she gave a pin or anything sharp  as a gift it always had a silver coin with it to dull the edge so it wouldn’t cut into the heart of the relationship.
  4. If she gave a purse or wallet there was always a penny in it so the recipient would never have an empty purse or wallet.
  5. Her gift wrapping skills were legendary. The gift with the wrinkled paper, often not quite enough paper to cover the box, the most tape, and bad bow, was the gift from her.
  6. She also liked to get boxes from expensive stores (I have no idea how she did this because she didn’t shop in them) and wrap things from Penney’s and Kmart in them.
  7. She always forgot to remove price tags–which sort of messed with the expensive box thing she had going.
  8. Bayberry candles were lit at six o’clock Christmas Eve and if they burned out by midnight there would be good fortune in the coming year.
  9. We watched the televised Mass from Rome with the Pope at midnight Christmas eve.
  10. We  had the traditional Christmas stockings, but they had to be our own socks no big commercial phony stockings!  The usual presents were found, candy, fruit, a toy, and because we were not that good all year, an onion in the toe.

thankfulness · Thursday

Thursday, thankful surprises…

Presents
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Today is Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sometimes you get just what you want.  I did.  I was given a cape kind of shawl.  I don’t know the proper name for it–it has some shape to it like a cape but it is more fluid like a shawl.  I have thought about getting one;  the shawl is not a need just a want and I am trying to be practical and not spend frivolously.  Very boring.

Anyway, a friend gave me the shawl at our gift exchange/breakfast at work.  These types of gift exchanges are sometimes dicey, if you know what I mean.  Where I work the working relationships are pretty easy-going.   No real diva types. Everybody gets along and when there is a problem it gets addressed before it goes into the dumpster of bad memories.

There are places where that ole dumpster is a big smelly ugly thing. At those places gift exchanges are–lets say difficult.  People wanting to trade names because they don’t like who they draw  from the hat or people who  give joke gifts thinking they are funny but are really a bit mean.  Stupid stuff that you would think adults would not be a part of–but then most stupid stuff gets started by adults.

I digress…

All this to say I got what I wanted for Christmas and nobody knew–not even me– what it was I wanted.  I am thankful for thoughtful co workers who are also friends.  Another gift for which to be thankful.