Flashback To Krampus

For Fandango’s Flashback FridayI thought this post would be a great pick- I hope you enjoy it,


‘Clean Up With Krampus’

First published

December 23, 2016


I suppose that Cleaning Up after Christmas can be a chore, but does it have to be?

When I was young and we had to do clean up we actually had a lot of fun.

If you did kitchen cleanup you poured yourself a drink and hid in the kitchen and told wild stories and dirty jokes and butchered Christmas Songs with your own off colored versions.

It used to get so noisy and we carried on so much that before you knew it, the kitchen was full of people who wanted in on the fun and hey presto it was clean and you could take the Merry Making out into the living room where…


anything that was flammable went straight into the fireplace- we were not a green recycling family back in the day.

We were just really, really fond of fire.

The only problem we had was one year THE ADULTS of which I was not one of yet- had downed some Christmas Sprits in the kitchen and were so happy that they forgot to open up the chimney flue and it got a tad bit smokey.

Okay, it was really smokey but considering  most of my family used to smoke I don’t think they noticed or cared. I mean, they weren’t exactly gasping for air. They probably inhaled most of it and then blew smoke jets out of the window and open doors.


I guess my point to this story is that you make your fun during the Holidays in a lot of different and creative ways.

I personally think that’s what having the Christmas Spirit is all about.

You  can have fun when your scraping food off of plates, when you race out to the garbage cans with no shoes on because you’re too busy to put your snow boots on and you don’t want to lose a second of your time lacing them up or even LOOKING for them or when you dump a plate full of your Aunt’s famous homemade bourbon balls into that roaring fire place because you like the way they smell when they burn.

So if you’re clearing up or cleaning up or watching somebody else do it because you are the sharpest knife in the rack, make it fun.

And don’t forget to share the story at your next Holiday Clean Up.

It will be fun, trust me on that.



Pualani, Get The Tape

RDP Thursday : WRAPPED

Before I go into this story, I have to open it with this-

MY PAWSOME dog Hamish Macbeth likes to walk around with a blanket over his head.

When he does that it’s not like he has Spidey Senses and he misses things like furniture or walls or ME. Nope, part of the fun is to walk into things and then run away and before I can pull his blanket off of him.

Hamish Macbeth Photo A.M. Moscoso

Hamish’s love of being wrapped and draped in both paper and cloth started when he was a baby ( we don’t call them ‘puppies ‘ in our family, we call them babies) because the first time he was swaddled  was actually a lot of fun for him.

Hamish Macbeth’s  Unblanketed face Photo A.M. Moscoso

On Hamish’ first Christmas, when he was just over 5 months old, we were at my Sister’s for Christmas.

We got there as they were wrapping presents and Hamish jumped into the festivities. By that I mean he actually started jumping into bags and boxes and started to grab bows  and tags and rolls of  wrapping  paper from inside of them and then he ran from room to room dripping Christmas accessories  all around the house.

It didn’t help his naughty behavior when my Sister said he was just a baby and that it was okay when he grabbed a  bag full of presents and tried to run outside with it and  when he made off with a bag of bows clenched between his baby teeth my Mom didn’t say ” bad boy “. Nope. She just laughed and said,  “Wow he can run fast!”

Not everyone was charmed by Hamish’s antics.

My niece, Akela stood up from where she had been trying to wrap  gifts in front of the fireplace near the tree ( how’s that for a Christmas Eve image? )  and grabbed a roll of wrapping paper from out of the tote that was too big for Hamish to drag off or he would have at this point.

She unwound it with an officious snap.

” Pualani, ” she told her Sister, ” get the tape.”

My nieces L To R Akela and Pualani and baby Hamish Macbeth

With little effort they wrapped Hamish up and set him on his way.

Hamish And Pualani

And this is the way he stayed ( see the bow? nice touch, right? ) until the heat of his body warmed the tape up and his wrappings fell off.

Ok. I’ll ‘fess up, this story was just me  finding ways to post pictures of my dog because he’s AWESOME.  Still, this is one of my favorite Christmas memories so I hope you don’t mind I shared it here today.