This little video ( not to belittle it, a lot of work obviously went into creating it ) tickled my fancy and I wanted to share it.
I haven’t done the tree thing for awhile.
This year I did it and do you know what feeling came over me as I started to decorate it?
Stringing lights is a punishment job. It’s like the tree’s revenge on you for taking it’s life. It’s tedious, it’s boring, it’s just POINTLESS. Around and around you go and then the lights are up and you don’t get a medal for a job well done. Everyone in the WORLD gets a participation award for doing stuff.
Is there one for stringing lights?
No there is not.
To make it worse I have a fake tree and I didn’t even get that Christmas tree smell on my hands. My hands smelled like plastic.
Good thing I wasn’t listening to the Trans Siberian Orchestra. I may have been swept up in the music and just pitched the tree with the light string from Hell over my deck to the dark grounds below.
Eventually I got the lights up and I got the decorations on and as I stood there wondering who I could bribe to take it down and pack it away after Christmas my dog, Hamish Macbeth, sniffed the tree, his tail went crazy- when he’s really happy he spins his tail in circles and then he licked a few ornaments which ‘accidently’ ended up in his mouth and after he spit them back out into my hand he stretched out next to the Tree That Almost Wasn’t and took a little nap:
In fact, he seems to like the tree. He camps out there with his toys and when I come home at night he runs from it to me, like he’s showing me this cool thing that showed up one day and isn’t it great?
” It’s still here! ” I think Hamish is saying.
I’m not counting down the days until the Tree comes down, I’m not thinking about bribing anyone to take it down after Christmas.
I’m thinking my dog loves this thing- and I’m wondering how he will feel when it’s gone.
I wish I could explain to him we’ll have another one next year.
With lights. Lots of lights.
I have asked for some strange things for Christmas- Fiji Mermaids, Body Parts in Jars, one year I even asked for one of those Mutant Alien Babies with the pointy teeth and big eyes.
Nobody laughed and more or less, I got what I asked for.
One year I got practical and I asked for a new set of Gourmet Kitchen Knives and my family said, ” No really, what do you want for real?”
” Really. I want knives.” I said.
” Like scalpels or …”
” I have those. I have those coming out of my ears. I want new knives for the kitchen.”
” Oh Anita. You’re so funny.”
The Shrunken Heads showed up that year- but I did not find a single knife- and by Santa’s Beard I needed them.
This year though I have a tall order:
Just in case you’re curious- its in Mexico and you can find it in the Pet Supply Section.
I also asked for a set of kitchen knives.
So it’s a sure thing that this amazing Horse and Rider in Bones is as good as mine and it will be:
THE BEST PRESENT EVER.
Our Random View: Writing Prompt #4 Best Christmas Present Ever
Here is a clip of the biggest collection of pups you will ever see (my cousin’s pup is in this clip ) – I mean WOW! All that’s missing is some snow!
And of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without my boy, Hamish Macbeth ( his Holiday pics follow )
So look close and prepare to have your winter heart warmed up- for me it wouldn’t be that time of the year without my dog. Enjoy!
Among this over flowing basket of puppies is my cousin’s dog, Xavier.
(YouTube video of the pack of beauties and baby Xavier:)
1. Xavier shows up first on 0:42 in the middle of the screen.
2. Coming down the hill at 3:49…
3. At the water hole, to the right, at 6:40
4. And sitting on his favorite rock at 8:09.
Can you spot the 120lb nine month old puppy in this happy holiday snap?
Two years ago my Hamish was just a puppy- so in the spirit of the holidays my nieces wrapped him in gift paper and he kept it on until the tape warmed up and it all fell off.
Here is a picture of Hamish from Thanksgiving 2016- minus the wrapping paper!
Hamish might be a bit big to wrap up and Xavier is most definitely to big- but because of these two special guys, there is going to be some fun and love around our homes this Christmas.
Photo Challenge: It’s Not This Time of The Year Without
Is there a right way to celebrate Christmas?
Is it all about Jesus? Or is it all about Shopping, or is what the Pagans say it is all about or the Wiccans or Christians ?
Does it fit in a box, does it belong to anyone, is there a right way to do it? Why does everyone want to own or set the rules down for a holiday that everyone starts to bitch about before Thanksgiving even starts? From the sounds of it, people sound like they’d rather not have the Holidays show up at all.
During the winter I do a lot of writing and reading- I write stories and I want to hear them. I like to listen to Christmas Music and try new foods and engage in writing challenges ( it seems to come back to writing for me )
For the most part I enjoy my non-traditional ways to get into the Holiday Spirit.
But then the shaming starts- someone somewhere gets on a soap box and waves their bony little finger under our collective noses and reminds you when to shop, not to enjoy yourself too much because it’s all about Baby Jesus/The Goddess/Why do you do this at all there’s no such things as ” God “. According to these experts in the field, unless you do it right you have to- I don’t know, give it back or give it up or stand there in front of your Christmas Tree and say, ” I am so ashamed.”
So I celebrate Christmas quietly for fear of waking up the sleeping baby and set it to wailing.
That is my way of Celebrating the Christmas Season- I write and feast and enjoy my family and art and music.
It’s non-traditional and it came about through compromise.
But it’s my tradition now and I guess I’ll stick to it.
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