“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”
How did I not know that my dear husband is not fond of Christmas 24/7? I guess until this year, there have been many outside influences to fill my soul with my Christmas craving. He’s happy watching Star Trek every day but I convinced him to watch “The Grinch” with me last night. The cartoon. It was a stretch. I guess since he went to a boarding school, they didn’t do that and it hurts my heart to think that he missed looking forward to the once a year showing of this classic. And Charlie Brown. My favorites. I can take or leave the Hallmark Channel-they’re all the same, but White Christmas? It’s A Wonderful Life? They get me in the spirit. Then we watched “The Wizard of Oz. He said, “How is this Christmas? Has Jack seen this?” Yes, dear, he has and I guess once it became older, they started a tradition of playing it as a Christmas movie”. It always scares me, but it’s a tradition. So many great lessons there. We DO have everything we need. Right inside of us.
Memories of my childhood and how excited my parents were at Christmastime fill my head. My dad would take to his workbench and we knew not to peek or ask too many questions while my mom drove around with all of our presents in the trunk of her car once someone got too snoopy. Decorating, Christmas music, Advent masses, and just the anticipation filled the air. It was amazing. There was tinsel on the tree-before we knew how deadly it was for pets-and our parakeet Tweety would fly over and drop it on. Maybe I’m imagining that but it’s a great thought. I wish I had the old movies of my Dad or was it my Mom? trying to put sparkly garland on our lamppost and it just kept falling down. That was WAY before Velcro or all the fancy stuff we have now. So how can I disappoint these wonderful people who made me into a Christmas season fanatic by sitting around like a sad sack? They’ve been gone over 20 years now and are probably looking down and shaking their heads saying…”you know that Christmas is much more than that! Play the music, decorate! But Jesus is the reason we did that!” As a matter of fact, in our house, Santa brought the tiny figure of Jesus to our crèche. Oh, how I loved that! It was a tradition that UNTIL THIS YEAR we practiced here. After I finish this, He’s going back to His hiding place for Santa to bring him. Traditions are so wonderful. They represent love and a family bond that “our family does this”. Don’t you think?
Here’s a picture of them from our wedding. My Dad loved this photo of himself! He said he looked so Presidential! I made my mom’s outfit. It was silk shantung and she loved it. She looked stunning too because she was so tiny. It was the perfect style for her. We buried her in it.
Well, I wanted to watch our online service of Lessons and Carols. It was live-streamed on FB because the Bishop canceled all live services until further notice. I’m so disappointed. I guess because I need right now to be enveloped with what I grew up with and that was the Church, the organ, the music, the unspoken love-that stuff. I switched over to another service afterwards and that minister gave an amazing sermon about how to worship. It was live-streamed but also in-person.
I don’t think I’m meant to live in a Zoom world. I’m more of a people person than I thought. I may have to find an in-person service.
Here’s just a glimpse of what I’m working on lately and then I think I’ll take a refresh break to work on something very special for Jay.
Tomorrow I’ll show you my Manger. It’s a doozy and I love it!
I’ve always wanted to make my own from alpaca fiber. Someday!
Oh and remember-The Great Conjunction is coming up. If our neighbors turn off their outside lights, we MAY be able to see it from here!
Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!