when you invite a man in a red suit and a pack of flying reindeer into your midnight kitchen
it’s not all that surprising, on the morning after, that is doesn’t look exactly how you left it
while you did put the coffee pod out as a option as needed
you don’t remember putting the bailey’s out for a shot
but i am pretty sure they had a good time on their stop
and were happy for a little pick me up
before heading out to finish their deliveries
on their busiest night of the year.
“a fellow doesn’t last long on what he has done. he has to keep on delivering.”
and this year
santa and his crew will even have plate decorations
and a keuring cup
in case they’re cold and in need of a cup of coffee.
“christmas, my child, is love in action.”
-dale evans (american cowgirl star)
love to do last-minute surprise drop-offs of cards and tiny gifts.
“christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
-charles m. schulz
image credit: etsy.com
Toy Department during Christmas season in the J.L. Hudson store, Detroit – 1957
loved this view of the toy department at the store during the Christmas season.
toys were displayed on shelves, tables, and display cases,
with decorations featuring elves, a sleigh, and reindeer in background.
this is where i went every year
all dressed up fancy
to buy little gifts (with help from the elves) for my family
to see santa
to have a special lunch
always, always amazed
by the glamour and magic of it all.
“like snowflakes, my christmas memories gather and dance –
each, beautiful, unique, and gone too soon.
credits: detroit memories, linda yates rudnicki, j.l. hudson’s
right in the midst of all of the holiday hulabaloo
puppy coco is over-joyed.
“christmas is the spirit of love, joy, and peace.”
-lailah g. akita
still not christmas yet?
no, but so close i can feel it.
“a good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.”
-j. b. priestley
art credit: e. halpin
last thing to do before heading off to bed-
write notes to leave for santa and the reindeer
along with some sweet and crunchy treats.
“christmas magic is silent,
you don’t hear it –
you feel it.
you know it.
you believe it.”
-kevin alan milne
one more sleep…
“adults can take a simple holiday for children and screw it up.
what began as a presentation of simple gifts to delight and surprise children around the christmas tree
has culminated in a woman unwrapping six shrimp forks from her dog, who drew her name.”
– erma bombeck
in talking with the grandies
about all the excitement leading up to christmas eve
i soon realized
that i was even excited for the eve before that eve
because i know what comes next
and it just grows from there.
“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.”
– Fred Rogers
picking up chinese food late in the day
the same cure
for holiday madness
restaurant was so busy
it was all a blur.
‘the Chinese do not draw any distinction between food and medicine.’