You guessed it, just as millions of people around the world are probably doing, I'm sitting here this morning watching "A Christmas Story".
(See above, the "Leg Lamp" scene from the movie)
Since you guys are so special to me, I've included an extra special treat, Click To Read last year's 'Tale of One Christmas' (in case you missed it).
Happy Christmas updates: My little nephew is all better, and back in tip-top shape... turned out it was a Staph infection, and he's very lucky to have been taken into the hospital on time. He got to go home yesterday. Just in time for his second Christmas, although he wasn't even a month old last year, he was born on December 1, 2006... So I think he'll enjoy himself a little more this year. As well, I'm not sure who all is going to make it down to Mom's this year, but we'll be arriving around 2-3 O'Clock she says... I'm trying to hold up spirits and feel festive... I truly don't enjoy being all 'Bah Humbug'... :)
At least the temperatures are not overly warm... I really can't abide beach weather when I'm pining for snow outside... I know I don't get to have snow like maybe alot of you have right now, but I guess I can deal with that.
Aside from my story, linked above I am trying to remember any extra-special holiday memories of the past. My parents always tried to make the impossible happen on Christmas, and sometimes I don't know how they did it, looking back Dad didn't make the best money in the world, but they always made Christmas special. I remember dolls, board games, telescopes, a motorcycle when I was 12, the go-cart of course, many other things. And we've always had our dinner on Christmas Eve at Mom & Dad's... so then everyone would go home and wait for Santa on Christmas morning, then Mom & Dad would drive us around to everyone else's house to see what they all got for Christmas... that was the most fun I guess for me. I got to go and visit all of my Sisters and their kids, and play with them and their new toys and games... they always got really cool stuff too.
Sometimes I fantasize about New York City in Winter, or often I dream of Christmas snows, and living in a place where people skate on the frozen lakes, and go in for Hot Cocoa, and Carolers songs ring out throughout the neighborhoods, but I'm guessing that stuff maybe only happens in the Norman Rockwell paintings now... right??
"Isn't it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for - I don't know what exactly, but it's something that you don't mind so much not having at other times." ~Kate L. Bosher
"Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home." ~Carol Nelson
BEST WISHES FOR A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! -AJ