Santa speaking to crowd in front of J.L. Hudson department store
during the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade-1942
only 30 more sleeps!
“to celebrate a festival means;
to live out, for some special occasion and in an uncommon manner
the universal assent to the world as a whole.”
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.’
a tiny tricycle
decorated in garlands and sparkles
parked in the bike rack at the library
heard the train come through town
softly whistling the tune of jingle bells
watched the people line up
to catch the bus to the airport
taking them somewhere
where people were waiting to see them
turned to say hello
to the man walking his dog
in his Christmas pajamas
spent the day with family and friends
playing and laughing
simply enjoying the celebration
happy Christmas everyone.
“our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at christmas-time.”
– laura ingalls wilder
found on a medieval tapestry
was known to go into the vines
and emerge with the grapes
what could be more perfect?
and why not a Christmas hedgehog?
“the fox has many tricks. the hedgehog has but one. but that is the best of all.”
-ralph waldo emerson
image credits: british medieval history, elaine treharne, dave pilling