And the music. Yesterday I was listening to the Roches “For Unto Us A Child Is Born.” I listened to it 3 times, and I cried 3 times. It really made me feel in the holiday spirit!]]>
My wife and I also love going to Snicker’s Gap to get our tree. Have you tried the pies at Hill High Orchard nearby in Round Hill?
My favorite new Christmas album this year (I’ve got an ENORMOUS collection — almost 900 songs!) is Snow Angel by Over the Rhine. Last year’s was a toss-up between Songs for Christmas by Sufjan Stevens and Holiday Songs & Lullabies by Shawn Colvin.
Just so’s you know.]]>
Don – thanks for reminding us of the challenges that business owner’s face during the holidays. Several years ago I was a business owner (until I lost all my money!) and my two partners and I had to lay off our last two employees in the first week of December – not a fun task. But I guess we didn’t feel that bad because we had been paying them while we had no salary for several months before and after Christmas. I think your efforts to remind yourself of why we celebrate Christmas is the right thing to do.
I guess the concensus is that having the Christmas spirit in our hearts takes some effort – greater for some than others – and until we become perfect we should expect to make that effort. It’s always worth it.]]>
I love Christmas! I adore it. I set up decorations right after Thanksgiving, and my music plays all month long (like Susan and Bret, the music is what does it for me the most). But the stress of the cards/letters and gifts can turn me into a grinch. This is why my aunt’s idea is so golden! (and probably not unique).]]>
I’m not a shopper, hate shopping for gifts. When asked what I want for Christmas, there really isn’t anything I really want…at least that can be given by those asking.
I did watch “The Nativity” on HBO (newer movie I think came out last Christmas) although not totally accurate it was a good perspective and at least helped me think about why we celebrate.
As it gets closer I’ll get better!!]]>
Oh and cooking/eating LOTS of fattening Christmas treats!:)]]>
Christmas can be a really difficult time for a lot of people. My brother died just before Christmas. It’s been long enough now where I don’t really think of Christmas as the time my brother died, but I also have a sister that died, and it’s hard to gather the family and have it be so small.]]>