December 25, 2010
It’s the first white Christmas I can ever recall seeing in Kentucky. There have only been a handful since 1872. The flakes began swirling gently around 6:00 p.m.; ever the wuss, Penelope Puppy went out, walked about eight feet on the brick patio, looked to her left, looked to her right, turned tail and ran back in. She’s a fair-weather puppy; on cloudy days, she’ll sleep in most of the day. For a 15-lb. dog, she has an amazing bladder. She’s waiting for Santa to bring her some toys. There’s no such thing as too many toys.
With some prodding and pouting and head games on my part, Wrinkled Randy got the Christmas lights up in record time this year. He’s outdone himself: Twinkling colored lights blanket the shrubs, while white snowflake lights dangle from the gutter and also glow along a backyard privacy fence. The real reason for the Christmas lights is that I didn’t have any as a child, and always wanted some. They looked magical. Interestingly, as the economy has worsened, we’re now the only house on the block with Christmas lights, save for Darrell and his lighted, life-sized white reindeer and Christmas tree. After I finished with the last client, I curled up on the sofa and stared out at the lights and the snow, realizing that I really do have everything I need. I’m so fortunate.
And I have such great clients — the newest ones being Pittsburgh chef Chuck Kerber and the inimitable Blithe Mama. Chef Chuck is sending chocolate cookies and Blithe Mama shocked me with a ginormous ballotin of Godiva chocolate. Ah…heaven on earth. Of course, I cheated and opened it on Christmas Eve. The box just kept calling to me…slipping the bow off, I found a note inside: “Get out, Cathy. Put the lid back on NOW.” I was shocked that Blithe Mama had me pegged after only three weeks. However, it turned out that Wrinkled Randy had artfully slipped off the bow and inserted the note. Clients, keep those gifts coming! They’re motivational!
The Santa Claus image you see above comes to us from 1909, 101 years ago, and Santa wishes everyone a Merry Christmas in German (Some of the best postcards of the time were made in Germany.). Speaking of Europe, which has had record snowfalls this winter, take a look at this 31-foot tall snowman created over a period of six days near the town of Trzebnica, in southwestern Poland. Milocinek, as Frosty has been named, dwarfs nearby cars and two-story homes. The “bored” Poles who created this giant Frosty the Snowman used a barrel for his hat and a traffic cone for his nose. Cabin fever, anyone?
Here’s a Christmas present for my readers: Paul Simon’s “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” video, which has been stuck in my head since I heard him sing it on The Colbert Report a week or two ago. Peace on earth, and goodwill to mankind.
Read our Thanksgiving post, in which we share the best dinner roll recipe we’ve ever found.
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