Christmas Photo a Day, December 22, 2014

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Somebody LOVES “Joe Cool” Santa Snoopy. She decided she needed to get into this box; she doesn’t know that she has been here before!

And, for our last musical Monday selection, another déjà vu moment… Layla and Granpa Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree.

Linus and Lucy….Granpa and Layla. 2014  <<—click to see video if it doesn’t load above.

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December 7, 2013 Christmas Photo A Day


Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some decorations bought at Tiffany’s,
I really do believe in you,
Let’s see if you believe in me

December 19 Christmas Caroling…

Did you ever go Christmas caroling? It was one of my most favorite Christmas activities as a child. The Cernera’s, the Golden’s, the Grace’s, the Nichol’s (the Nordness’es? The Surat’s? The Padula’s?)….would gather on Ellicott Place, and we wandered Ellicott and Prospect and sometimes Clinton Avenue. Joseph and I were the youngest of the kids on the block, and it was to me the most magical of times. We even would use the front door to the Grace’s house (a TREAT!), where we were greeted with hot cocoa, and warm cookies and drinks would be found at Mrs. Beveridge’s home too… (She was my kindergarten teacher. I remember sometimes walking to school with her.)

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Last year, I asked everyone to send me their favorite Christmas carols—I received a wide variety of songs!

These are the categories, if you want to play this year! (The song listed is MY favorite of each category)

  1. Favorite RELIGIOUS song/Hymn—O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Enya
  2. Favorite STANDARD–  Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy Bing Crosby and David Bowie
  3. Favorite Novelty/Child Song– Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Perry Como
  4. Favorite Instrumental– Christmas Eve, (Sarajevo 12/24) Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  5. Favorite Romantic Song– Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) U2
  6. Favorite Pop Song–  Father Christmas, The Kinks
  7. Favorite Christmas song that no one knows– Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses
  8. The Song that puts you into the Christmas mood! Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Bruce Springsteen (They sound like they are having the most fun on stage!!!!)
  9. The song that is farthest back in your mind, the one that SAYS Christmas to you, evokes the best of your holiday memories– Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
  10. A song that you couldn’t make fit in the above! — Old City Bar, Trans-Siberian Orchestra

And these are some of the songs people suggested last year.

  • Silent Night
  • Frank Sinatra, White Christmas
  • Christmas Don’t Be Late by Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Winter Dreams by Gary Lamb
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside by Lady Antebellum
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
  • My Christmas List by A Simple Plan
  • The 12 Pains of Christmas by Bob Rivers
  • anything by Harry Connick Jr, I heard that -alot-
  • I Want An Alien For Christmas by  Fountains of Wayne
  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing- Vince Guaraldi Trio & Childrens Choir
  • The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
  • Lil Saint Nick – Beach Boys
  • Any slow saxophone, Kenny G or the like
  • Merry Christmas Darling – Carpenters / Let it Snow,Let it Snow,Let it Snow – Michael Buble’
  • Merry Christmas,Happy Holidays – N’Sync
  • A New York City Christmas – Rob Thomas
  • Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  • Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  • Santa Claus is Comin to Town – Bruce Springsteen
  • Linus & Lucy – Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • Last Christmas – Wham!
  • Silver & Gold- Burl Ives
  • O Holy Night- Josh Groban
  • All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth
  • Grandma got ran over by 8 reindeer
  • Dashing thru the snow
  • Far Far Away on Judeahs Plain
  • Josh Groban: Oh, Holy Night
  • Johnny Mathis: Sleigh Ride
  • Straight, No Chaser: Christmas Can-Can
  • George Winston: Variations on the Canon
  • Dean Martin: I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, or A Marshmallow World
  • Alan Jackson: Let it Be Christmas
  • John Denver: Aspen glow
  • Bobby Helms: Jingle Bell Rock
  • Bing Crosby: I’ll be home for Christmas
  • Peter, Paul, and Mary: Children Go Where I Send Thee
  • Handel’s Messiah & O, Holy Night
  • I’ll be Home for Christmas -Perry Como & The Carpenters & Luther Vandross
  • All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, Dominic and the Donkey
  • Kenny G – All his Christmas albums! & Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • Let It Snow! -Michael Buble’
  • Rocking Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee, The Mistletoe Jam – Luther Vandross
  • With a Christmas Heart – Luther Vandross
  • I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. Jingle Bells!
  • The Christmas Song(Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… Mary Did You Know-Wynonna Judd & Kenny Rogers
  • Ave Maria or Silent Night
  • White Christmas
  • Frosty the Snowman,
  • Songs from the Nutcracker
  • Baby its Cold Outside, 2000 Miles
  • Rocking around the Christmas Tree or Jingle Bell Rock
  •    Silver Bells
  • O Holy Night
  • I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
  • I Believe in Father Christmas Emerson, Lake and Palmer

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(And just as an aside….Step into Christmas, by Elton John…do you think someday, we will be having to explain to the kids what a turntable was, like the spinet  and the figgy pudding of more traditional carols??)

Merry Christmas, EVERYONE!

In last month’s post, I took the time to say thank you. Thank you for being a part of my life, and for making it a more enjoyable place. So for Christmas, what to write?

How about a trip down memory lane? (Complete with Scary photos!)

  • Christmas was different, way back when. (Seriously.) It absolutely DID NOT START IN JULY!
  • There were no such things as TACKY LIGHT TOURS.
  • Wrapping paper and Christmas cards and ornaments went on sale the day AFTER Christmas.
  • Santa lived in the NORTH POLE, not the center court of the mall.
  • Making a Santa list meant lying on the floor perusing the Sears or JC Penney catalog.
  • It was a clever and desirable decorative accent to have bushy metallic garland wrapped around the tree.
  • You were oh so contemporary if you had tiny colored lights on the tree, and even more sophisticated if you used twinkling WHITE lights.
  • At our house, we used the big honking Christmas bulbs. And the tree was not artificial and wired for lights and sound.

 Indeed the thing was barely capable of standing on its own in the stand. It was helped along every year by strategically placed string. Some string was tied to the French door behind it, some was tied to a nail on the opposite wall. The illusion was that of an upright tree in the corner of the living room, next to the (working) fireplace, complete with stockings.

One year, in my determination to prove that Santa didn’t exist, I began to scavenge around the house, looking into every hidey-hole and drawer. I scoured the basement, even climbed into the little room under the stairs on my search. (as if Grandma could have climbed into that hole!) I finally did find the stash. It was on the top shelf in the closet in Grandma’s room. I discovered first, the Tiffany box that had a set of crystal ashtrays that Daddy Gus had received for some event ( I still own those) I discovered whatever must have gift as well, so I was very proud of myself.

And then, Christmas morning, I was let down. I had no anticipation, or excitement about the day, because I KNEW already that Santa-Grandma had come through. I prefer to be surprised, I discovered that day.

One other memory, and a fond one at that. We used to go Christmas Caroling in the neighborhood. Mr and Mrs Nichols, the Cernera family, the Grace family, maybe even the Nordnesses and the Padulas or the Suerats. We would travel from home to home on Ellicott Place and up and down Prospect Avenue. Ringing doorbells, singing our hearts out, loudly and probably off key in the dark of Christmas Eve. We always opted to ring the front door at the Graces. Probably the only day the door was used. Hot chocolate, cider and cookies were provided at a variety of homes. We would gather in the kitchen of Mrs. Beveridge, my kindergarten teacher, and warm up before continuing our rounds.

Christmas does have it’s memories, doesn’t it?

I hope that you and yours make wonderful new ones this Christmas season. May your day be merry and bright. And may next year be as wonderful as you deserve!!!

Love ya,


Trans-siberian Orchestra  Gorgeous Christmas music, with narration by Ossie Davis, who helps to tell the story of an angel who visits earth one Christmas eve in search of a star to follow.

What,  you didn’t forget the scary photos, did you? Check these out! (look over to the Flicker bar and double click if you are brave!