Christmas Eve!!

Posted On December 24, 2010

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Time to put on your Christmas jammies and wait for Santa!  Don’t forget to leave out a cognac for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph.

December 23 – almost there!

Posted On December 23, 2010

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It is time to wrap your gifts!

December 22nd

Posted On December 22, 2010

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I know it is a little early but just to get you into the Christmas spirit, read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Twas the Night before Christmas Poem

Make it Snow !

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

 

December 21st

Posted On December 21, 2010

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Get together with friends and share some Christmas cheer!  Eggnog and mulled wine are good traditional drinks but anything will do as long as you raise a glass to Christmas!

December 20th – 4 days to go!

Posted On December 20, 2010

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It is time for a little indulgence for yourself.  Gifts and treats for friends are great but you deserve a treat, too!  So, give yourself a treat – buy yourself a gift, laze about for a few hours reading a book…whatever is a treat for you!

December 19th

Posted On December 19, 2010

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Decorate the tree!!  Put on as many ornaments as you can so that the tree is stuffed with lights, garlands and glitter.  Don’t forget to play Christmas music while you decorate. And a glass of eggnog always makes the spirits brighter!  While searching for a good image, I had a hard time deciding whether to use one with monkeys or one with cats decorating the tree – they both seemed equally ridiculous!  Given our family, cats seemed more appropriate!

December 18th

Posted On December 18, 2010

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Time to get the tree.

When everyone was small, we would head out to the tree farm and cut our own.  We always ended up with a huge tree because they looked so much smaller out in the field!

Now we just buy one ready cut.  But, if that isn’t possible, make one.  Martha Stewart has a rather complicated one made by folding a magazine –  http://www.marthastewart.com/article/magazine-christmas-trees

And years ago, we stuck a few pine boughs in an empty wine bottle, decorated them with bows made from the foil wrappers of chocolate bars and called it a Christmas tree.  It worked!

December17th – only one week to go!

Posted On December 17, 2010

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Everyone is decorating for Christmas.  Take a walk around your neighborhood or downtown and look at the lights and decorations.  If there isn’t much where you are, then check things out on line.  The Guardian always has  great photos http://www.guardian.co.uk/

December 16th

Posted On December 16, 2010

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Settle down with your favourite beverage, a good snack and watch a Christmas movie.  Remember that one of the best is Die Hard!

December 15th

Posted On December 15, 2010

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Food, glorious food!  Start planning your Christmas menu.  Don’t forget t to plan for your Christmas breakfast, too.

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