Obsession of the Week: Christmastime at last!

I’m taking a little break from Nick posts to celebrate the beginning of December and the greatest month of the entire year.  This is my very happiest time.  For one month I am young again.  Why?  Would you like to feel young again too?

My Christmas Top Ten:

When the boys were young...

When the boys were young…

1. Not Christmas overdone–Christmas everywhere!  Every little thing is a celebration.  Every store, every streetlamp, every neighborhood, every everywhere, there are lights and decorations.

2. Holiday spirit overflows as people have an excuse to detonate decorating bombs in their yards.  Each house has more lights than the last, and in parts of our usually very proper neighborhood, every house for entire blocks has a different light scheme.  Some people go for snowflakes and icicles, some for rattan deer with moving heads, some for Santa and some for the nativity.

3. One family in our neighborhood has done the whole ‘turn on your radio and watch the light show’ thing.  It is so great!

3. Have you seen inflatable snow globes?  Love it, love it, love it!

inflatable snow globe

4. Kids are in charge.  Santa is everywhere.  ‘Nuff said.


5. Every ornament on my tree reminds me of something wonderful in my life.  The mouse ornament Steve gave me when he knew I was expecting an engagement ring (I got it at dinner that night–December 23, 1983).  All the ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ ornaments for both boys.  All the ornaments they made through the years at school, starting with sequins glued to cardboard cutouts all the way up to Grinch painted light bulbs. Every ornament from every vacation, joined this year by a ‘few’ we picked up in Alaska.



6. Buying gifts for everyone.  I LOVE buying gifts!  Even when we were so strapped that I was paying for groceries with change, we managed to buy gifts for everyone we loved at Christmastime.  When I see how many gifts I have to buy, I fully appreciate how many people there are in my life whom I love.  (A lot!)

7.  This year’s Jacquie Lawson (jacquielawson.com) advent calendar that I got to start today.  Totally interactive, and everyday has a new show or activity.  This year’s is an Edwardian manor (everyone say ‘Downton Abbey’), and day 1 has the dogs and cats introducing the setting.  They are life-like–no talking or anything–but absolutely, totally cute beyond cute, just like real dogs and cats.

Edwardian calendar

8.  Christmas movies.  I love Christmas movies.  I’ve already watched Elf three times, and Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker half a dozen while I decorated.  I’m in the process of replacing all my video cassettes with DVDs, but I also put a little TV with a VCR in my kitchen so I can watch my old movies.  I still play the Disney Christmas Sing Along, even though my boys are way beyond Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

disney christmas sing along

9. I put Christmas in every corner of my house.  I have lighted houses and dancing Santas, snowmen and dogs.  My grandmother’s big nativity takes me right back to her living room.  I have snow globes small and large, all playing different tune, some with lights and blowing snow.  A collection of nutcrackers adorns the top of my grandmother’s pie safe.  God bless my indulgent Jewish husband who lets me dance around the house dropping decorations like a comically overweight, over-aged, Christmas fairy.


10.  Last but not least, I bet you thought I wasn’t going to mention the reason for the season.  Well, that’s the best part of all.  Jesus loved a good party-water to wine and all that. This is a month-long party every year celebrating all the things he taught us to hold most dear–life, love, family, and the daily miracles we miss the rest of the year.

God bless us, every one, and happy, happy holidays!

4 thoughts on “Obsession of the Week: Christmastime at last!

  1. I REALLY appreciate the joy you bring to your holidays. For me, over time the joys of the season have become more bittersweet and sprinkled with stress, and I look back at the young person I was and rather wistfully remember how SIMPLE the enjoyment of Christmas seemed to be then. Still, we manage to include a lot in our holidays: a cookie exchange tea party, attending a community Victorian Stroll, Christmas concerts and plays at my old high school, the celebration of St. Nicholas Day with sweets and small presents under the pillow a traditional many-course meatless Christmas Eve supper, Midnight Mass at the Cathedral in Albany and all the usual Christmas Day festivities. And in recent years it has also involved turning the decoration of the house (and some of the holiday baking) over to my talented daughter to do with it what she will based on a unique theme she chooses each year. (And if you don’t think relinquishing that level of control over to her is easy, think again!). Each year I cringe when I hear her ideas in late October… and each year I am stunned and amazed at how wonderfully she pulled it off. This years theme is based on the videogame “Skyrim”, which is in turn based on medieval Viking-Scandanavian culture. I have a feeling I will be posting pictures on Facebook in the near future!

  2. I can testify to Christmas in every corner of your house! and since I know how much you love to celebrate this holiday, you must have been very disciplined to stop at just 10 reasons! with love….

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