Going offline for a few days. Have a VERY MERRY!
(Dec. 5, 2012)
Winter is my least favourite time of year, (fortunately, we live in southern Canada, so, it’s not as bad as most of the country). Despite that, I always look forward to December and all the trimmings of the holiday season. One thing I can’t get my head around is the “new age” decorating style. Pink? Purple??? What????? Please!
Compare these two images:
To each their own, of course, but, wouldn’t you agree the traditional style is more elegant and pleasing to the eye? Is this a generational thing?
Perhaps it stems from my heritage. The Christmas Tree, or Tannenbaum was invented by the Germans and we take it very seriously.
I can remember my mother, painstakingly hanging the tinsel “just so” and lighting the real candles, fastened to sterling silver holders.
Are you in the mood yet?
People have different tastes when it comes to Christmas carols and other holiday music. I like most of it; classics and contemporary, but please,
Starting too early is not a good idea either and tends to turn people off. December 1st sounds about right, don’t you think?
This is my favourite Christmas classic; originating in 19th century Austria:
Michael Bublé, that silky-voiced Canadian crooner,
(yes; he’s one of ours)
came out with a wonderful Christmas CD last year. Here’s a sampling:
Alright; we have the decor and the music. What about sustenance? Most of us over-indulge in December and you know what? So we should! This is, after all, the “holiday” season, so, let’s relax and enjoy! A friend once said that calories don’t count this time of year and I am in full agreement. Plenty of time for dieting after New Year’s.
The commercialization of Christmas has become ridiculous, wouldn’t you say? People strive to find bigger, more expensive gifts and load up their credit cards to the breaking point. Come January, when the bills roll in, they’ve probably forgotten all they spent and keel over in shock! No wonder it’s such a miserable month. I would much prefer an inexpensive, meaningful gift, to an extravagant, frivolous one, any day.
Audio holiday message, below. Click on arrow to play:
What do you enjoy most about the holidays?
(Or, perhaps you don’t?)
All comments welcome.