December Magic

Watching the movie “November Christmas”. It’s one of my favorites and it doesn’t hurt that Sam Elliott is in it. I’ve noticed that a lot of us are having November Christmases this year. Between the agony of the elections and the fears of the pandemic, we are exhausted and need some joy, some color, and some light. I’ve been reading that people are already putting up Christmas trees and listening to Christmas music and I’m doing the same. The Tribe is putting up their lighting display already. I’m so ready for this year to be over and if an early Christmas can make things better, I’m all for it. Normally, I want to celebrate Thanksgiving but not this year. This year Thanksgiving will be a part of Christmas.

When I was a kid, my great-aunt, Auntie Emma, bought all of her grandchildren and great-nieces and nephews German paper Advent calendars. They probably cost a dollar each at the time, but for us they were magic. Opening each door each day before Christmas and it was ours alone and didn’t need to be shared with our siblings; another rarity. I am ordered a similar one from Amazon for $6. The Nutcracker Advent Calendar has little books, one for each day of the month, that are designed to hang on the tree. I have small tree with white lights that these little books would be displayed surrouned by my Nutcracker collection. My dream advent calendar is this one from the Griswald’s Family Christmas in a Christmas Vacation. But it’s kind of outside my price range.

Here are some other ideas that have goodies behind the doors.. everything from candy to candles to booze. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/g4911/christmas-advent-calendar/ and https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/g29613883/alternative-advent-calendars/

Because there are so many choices in Christmas activities, events and traditions, I’m going to post them alphabetically, unless they are time/date sensitive.

Christmas Trees: put up one, or two or eight. There are so many choices. At one time families went out in the woods to cut down a fresh tree, usually just days before Christmas, since trees dried out so quickly in a fire-warmed home. Later, families went to a Christmas tree farm or lot, again, just days before Christmas. These days, many trees are now artificial and can be purchased just about any time of the year and put up whenever the family chooses. Trees use to be only green (fresh) until silver aluminum trees came out in the early 60’s. Later fresh green trees were flocked white or pink or spray painted. Now you can buy artificial trees in every color including black and purple which allows to some fantastic designer trees.

Cream cheese igloo and olive penguins, the 4th picture of one that I made for a Christmas party in 1996.

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