Memories of Christmases Past

n. a catchy song or tune that runs continually through a person’s mind

‘Kayso this probably has more to do with me hearing it in stores this season than anything else: I’ve had “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time” running through my head FOR DAYS.

(I guess it could be worse. It could be “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” LOL!)

But it got me thinking about past memories of the holiday season. We all have them, from our childhood onward. For instance, seeing commercials showing cookies and milk being left out for Santa on Christmas Eve jogged this memory: When I became old enough to realize (Spoiler Alert!) there was no Santa my Dad confessed that not only did he have to take a bite out of the cookie and drink half of the milk, he also had to take a bite out of the carrot I’d always leave for Rudolph. (I know. What a cool Dad.) Another tradition I continue to observe is the opening of 1 present the night before Christmas.

I also have very fond memories of the 1980s. One Christmas season I found wrapping paper that was SO reminiscent of the era. One roll had versions of punk rock flamingos while the other was covered with gingerbread men and women – but not ORDINARY gingerbread people. No, these were naughty and sported various types of S&M wear. (One had a bite taken out of her crotch .) The gift wrap intrigued the recipients so much it took them FOREVER to open their presents! Another year I hand-painted round silver ornaments with my (signature) Rocker and Rocker Skull characters. (These hand-painted ornaments were an instant hit.) Here they are on some sugar cookies I baked a few years back:

Now THAT’S Christmas, Rock Vixen style!

As people transition in and out of our lives – perhaps we move far away from loved ones or we enter relationships where holidays with families need to be shared equitably – Christmas traditions evolve. New ones are created. Others become cherished memories we can’t live without. ‘Cause it just wouldn’t be Xmas, without ’em!

Take movies and TV specials for example. I grew-up associating How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and the stop-motion animated special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) with the season; but some may think 1946’s It’s a Wonderful Life just resonates The Holidays; and what about A Christmas Story (1983)? That movie speaks to a whole generation, as does National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation from 1989.

My Dad loved the 1951 film version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Scrooge, starring Alastair Sim – while I prefer Bill Murray’s 1988 version (Scrooged) with Karen Allen, John Forsythe, David Johansen, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Michael J. Pollard, and the hilariously adorable Bobcat Goldthwait.

These days when Christmas rolls around I get a particularly strong hankering for two films: The Bishop’s Wife and Bell, Book, and Candle. (I know, this last one sounds like the purr-fect Halloween flick. Actually, it works for me year-round but if you want to know WHY I get Christmasy-yearnings for it, it’s all right herePLUS it was released on Christmas Day 1958!)

Unlike Thanksgiving, I don’t equate any particular food with the holiday. However, I DO remember special items that were only purchased around Christmas when I was growing-up:  Round wicker plates beautifully arranged with an assortment of dried fruits (I loved the dates.), Christmas petits fours (For my Mom.), bowls full of roasted mixed nuts, cheese balls, cheese & sausage baskets from Hickory Farms® (For my Dad, mostly.), and plenty of egg nog! Christmas Day was pretty much a snack-all-day-long event.

Now when it comes to Christmas music I very definitely have my favorites.

  • “Santa Baby” – sung by Eartha Kitt only (aka “Loni Baby“.)

  • “Silver Bells” – sung by Bing Crosby & Carole Richards

  • “Step Into Christmas” – by Elton John

  • Honorable mentions:  “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (Band Aid, 1984), “The Christmas Song” (Nat King Cole, 1961), “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1971), and “Feliz Navidad” (José Feliciano, 1970).

    Take care in all you do next year
    And keep smiling through the days
    If we can help to entertain you
    Oh we will find the ways
    So merry Christmas one and all
    There’s no place I’d rather be
    Than asking you if you’d oblige
    Stepping into Christmas with me

    Step Into Christmas

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Be Jolly – Not Germy!

I’ve been following Loree’s site, The Danger Garden, for many years now. She Posts Monday-Friday, with Wednesdays reserved for something she calls “Wednesday Vignettes“. Today’s is just plain hilariousand clever. I asked her if I could use a couple of the photos in a Post and she graciously consented. I hope you like them (the second is my favorite).

Please visit her Post to see all the crazy cool photos she took of this “art display”.

I shared this army of small plastic Santa’s and their festive line-up last year (here) and back in 2016 (here), but something is a little different this year…

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Christmas 2020

‘Kayso the small black Christmas tree in my bathroom was looking kinda bare. While digging through our Xmas storage bin I re-discovered these kitty ornaments – which I had made DECADES ago and totally forgot about. They’re Purrr-fect here.

There’s not enough space downstairs to put out most of the Christmas decorations, but I couldn’t resist accessorizing my room upstairs with a few favorites.

The piece de resistance is downstairs in the living room. It looks spectacular against the deep plum walls. I dearly love this tree and missed it so much while I was in Hootersville.

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Imagine a Happy Christmas

Today mark’s the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. He was only 40 years old. His spirit lives on in his music, and his songs remain as relevant today as when they were written.

Here’s to the Dreamers in the World.

You playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightening about shrinking
so others won’t feel insecure around you.
As you let your own light shine,
you indirectly give others permission to do the same.

– Marianne Williamson

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Happy Caturday! (12.5.2020)

By Prince Ramses XII

Im a few weeks we will celebrate our ome-year ammiversary (December 16th – M) amd this will be our secomd “Christmas”. Mot sure what that meams but SHE says everyome gets presemts! Yippee!! So today, I’m rummimg dowm the list of What A Kitty Wamts For Christmas.

Ready? Let’s go…

The playful kitten, with its pretty little tigerish gambols, is infinitely more amusing than half the people one is obliged to live with in the world.
– Sydney, Lady Morgan

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