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Christmas Mornings

December 25, 2017

wreathThis is my 73rd Christmas Morning.   My oldest memory comes from a picture I have, me sitting on the floor with a train set I got for Christmas in my parents first aparment in New Haven, Connecticut, and I remember getting a red Columbia bicycle our last year thereelectric-train before we moved to the little house in East Haven that would be home until I got married.  My wife had her first Christmas tree in our apartment in Rhode Island the year we got married (she was jewish) but we returned to my parents house for Christmas morning until we moved to California in 1971, going from White Christmases to Warm Christmases.   And from family Christmases to best friend Christmases with our friends Don and Jackie and their kids.  Once we adopted our two kids, Aaron and Amy, those were some of the best Christmases ever.   As our kids grew into adults, as often happens, Christmas Mornings lost some of the magic.   There is nothing like seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child. (more…)


The Tree

December 10, 2017

bahAs I get older, I find it harder to get myself into the Christmas spirit.   Yes, that is partly because my Inner Curmudgeon is a distant relative of Ebeneezer Scrooge.    Bah, humbug, he says as my neighbors literally cover their front lawn with every inflatable garish Christmas decoration they can find.   Bah, humbug, he says as car company commercials co-opt the holiday season, renaming it The Season of Audi or Happy Honda Days, and air commercials with adults drooling like toddlers over a car in their driveway.   I work hard to keep my Curmudgeon Inner, but it’s hard to do when the parking lot at Costco is like a demolition derby and in order to shop at the Brea Mall, I have to park on the outskirts of Lithuania.   Shopping for gifts for those I love used to be a way to lift my spirits, but these days, my daughter posts all the gifts her family wants on Amazon and both Muri and I have reached a point in our lives where the things we want can’t be bought.  Shopping becomes work.


The Holidays

December 7, 2016

happy-holidaysHalloween is long gone and our Thanksgiving cruise with the grandkids is behind us.    The lights are up in retail centers and neighborhoods, a reminder to watch out for crazy drivers looking for to scoop up the day’s bargains. Sirius XM has already switched the Love station to Holly and the annoying automobile commercials have commenced … Santa driving a Mercedes instead of a sleigh and a Lexus with a bow in the driveway on Christmas morning. Television is turning Santa into a shill for every product known to man … its a wonder any kids believe anymore. Perhaps they just pretend to humor their parents. And as sure as Kohl’s in-store music will include the most annoying versions of Christmas carols imaginable, the posts on Facebook have appeared to remind me that I should say Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays. (more…)

Christmas Carols, Two

December 18, 2015

Merry ChristmasLast week, in Favorite Christmas Songs #1, I posted Sarah McClachlan’s Winter Song. Sarah may not know it … and certainly doesn’t care … but very few modern Christmas songs make it to Older Eyes Favorite Christmas Song list. I was, after all, raised by a music-loving Mom on the classic Christmas songs. Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and I’ll be Home for Christmas. Dean Martin’s Let It Snow. Judy Garland’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Burl Ives’ Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. Songs that are so attached to the original performers that covers by other artists sound false, no matter how well they’re done. Then there’s this:


Favorite Christmas Song #1

December 11, 2015

I know, I know.  Christmas is supposed to be a joyful time but I think we all have a soft spot in our hearts for songs with a touch of sadness.  Isn’t that why I’ll Be Home for Christmas is so popular?  Anyway, for this week, my favorite is Sarah McLachlan’s lovely Wintersong from the album of the same name.  Possibly my favorite Christmas album of all time, by the way … and that’s saying something.  Maybe next Friday, something a bit more joyful.  Or maybe not.


Monday Smiles – 1/5/2015

January 5, 2015

tree2014Saturday morning, I took down the Christmas decorations.  I took the holly and candles off the hearth, packed the wreaths from the front doors and my office window in their storage container … and I took down the tree, getting to revisit the memories in each ornament one more time.  Muri’s snowmen, officially winter … not Christmas … decorations get to stay for a few more months.    I put on my headphones and played my Christmas Playlist one last time as I worked.   The passing of another year … along with the making of resolutions … always puts me in a pensive, philosophical mood and taking down the tree is a task perfectly matched to that mood.  I am saying good-bye to an old year Such-As-It-Was and hello to a New Year Such-As-It-Will-Be.   As much as I love the holidays, by the time they are over, I am ready to get back to my regular routine.

Monday Smiles – 12/29/2014

December 29, 2014

heart kittyIt’s December 29.   We spent the week in Arizona for Christmas.  Can there be any possible doubt about the source this week’s Monday Smiles?  It’s my grandkids, Reed, Maddux and Savannah.  They enjoyed the holiday as much, I think, as three kids could enjoy a holiday.  They loved their gifts and they loved having us there with them … and that is the best gift we could possibly get.  Christmas Eve, I got to help Santa build a 13 foot trampoline in their yard and they’ve been bouncing ever since. (more…)