MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Merry Everything, to embrace all! and why not a Merry New Year, too!
December 27, 2009 § 17 Comments
I realize that the actual “day” is over but it’s a season, right?, so I shall endeavor to catch up with everyone but first and foremost know that I wish a very Happy Christmas and Rockin’ New Year to each and every one of you who has ever read or glanced at anything here in the past year.
Yes, it’s been a busy season but that does not preclude my thinking of you and even dropping in now and then to catch up with your blog and though I may not have left a comment, I’m always glad to find you there.
I count blog friends as real friends, and I will admit that falling off the blog wagon, while it wins back one at LEAST one more hour a day, it cuts one off from a positive, informative, sharing, universal world that I am happy to be part of.
I haven’t thought through any real content for this entry, other than to share some Christmas from here in St. Louis. Nothing fancy like Q’s slide show last year (it was awesome – something for every day of advent) and no game, survey, meme or prize…it’s just a hi-hello and a hug and a hey…this is where we are, feet up in front of the fire, doing nothing but talking, reading, commenting on the grey snowy sky, playing music, in for the winter like a bunch of bear, at least the holiday part of it, playing with toys, snacking, feasting and feting with family and friends.
HM made candles, we volunteered on several charity drives, worked, played, decorated, planned, shopped, wrote cards and made it to many parties (there were a lot this year which I take as a sign of the earnest American optimism despite the omnipresent economic-and-multi-etceteras nosedives. We are steadfast in our determination to make merry, as they say.)
So, for any who might be interested in Christmas chez nous in STL, here are some snaps and now and then, as I could think of them, some telling cutlines.
There was some heightened discussion on the texture of the “snow” (white icing) but all worked out well.
With some rearrangement, the library became the cozy spot and the fireplace beat out the TV for viewing. There are four huge containers of Xmas “stuff” on the lower level that to date have not been unpacked for further decorating. Thus the mantle morphed this year from a nostalgic neverland to a certain amount of “nuttiness” as in nutcrackers!
And there, in a corner of the dining room, the “skinny” tree…Nory added red lighs to its white light spendor. There is a Christopher Radko book on Christmas decorating in the living room, but we don’t seem to learn from it and likely much to his raised eyebrow, we improvise as we open a box of decorations, and go! And Mom brought over, post-picture gorgeous red Christmas balls scrolled with gold glitter, several angels whose lanterns light up and a special glass ornament for each of us – Big Ben for me (we visited London together), a cardinal for HM who unstintingly feeds them, a polar bear for Snarl who protects them and a penguin for Nory who adores the little fellows.
These little angels have been around since I was in elementary school. They have arrived here on our shelf also via Mom. Note the stack of Xmas stories behind them, including Sedaris’ Holidays on Ice (you can only see the drink glass) and Dickens’ Christmas Carol (red slanted bining).