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Thursday, December 04, 2008

"The dining-room doors were thrown open, and, as it was Christmas-time..." ~ Jane Eyre

I have been ill for almost a week, home for the past few days, and grateful to be emerging from this awful cold that hit me quite hard. This late afternoon it finally dawned on me that it is, indeed, Christmastime. The adrenaline from that thought was enough to make me feel even better, and I spent the late afternoon in bed with pen in hand and holiday cards. I grabbed my Christmas music cd's and have had Sarah McLaughlin's Wintersong playing for a few hours now, the melodies beautiful to hear over and over again. Over the past few days, my sisters and I have begun to exchange emails about the menu for Christmas day. Jack's holiday photo arrived in my mailbox today as well, making it quite bright and merry indeed. I ordered part of the Prince's gift this afternoon, and I made a list of what Jack shall receive from his Aunty...all cooking related, of course! This holiday season also brings Cassie's wedding a few days before Christmas, making it even more of a magical time.

What I am most excited for is, of course, spending my first holiday season with the Prince. He had mentioned this a few months back, and I know it is going to be special just for the mere fact that he is a significant part of my life. This weekend we shall trim my tree, and that is always the aspect of Christmas I look forward to the most. Though we are in an inter-religious relationship, his family has put trees up over the years, so he knows the routine as well as I do. My plan is to actually lay out the ornaments first and put on my Christmas Cocktail cd as we trim (it has my favorite rendition of I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm sung by Dino). I have either peppermint, cinnamon, or regular hot chocolate to choose from as well. My plan as of now is to make dinner - mushroom risotto with smoked gouda - and have that before we get to the tree trim.

In a week and a half, J.Sarah and I will do our annual "Holi-day" in NYC! I think this is now our fourteenth year of making it a point to go see the tree together! We have made entire days out of it, but this year it will be a shortened version of seeing the tree and going to La Bonne Soup to have some Croque Madames and Branade! Despite how hectic life is, we just cannot miss this day...its already a huge part of our history as friends! I recall the days I used to make itineraries for us back in high school...oh how I wish I had those somewhere! Well, they are in my heart regardless.

Another tradition I enjoy is watching A Muppet Christmas Carol with my twin. We got into this groove as children and it just has not ended! I think there is something about it that brings us back to Christmases as children together, and its nice to revisit that. I asked my father to actually get the VHS tapes of one Christmas morning on to DVD - Robin and I were 7 and Missy was 11. It was the year of My Pretty Pony, Star Wars figures, a pewter Unicorn necklace that still sits in my jewelry box and a paperback copy of How The Grinch Stole Christmas from my parents who inscribed it and I still have it to this day.

What is most wondrous about this Christmas is that Jack is aware of it. Seeing it through his eyes this year will be priceless, indeed....

I cannot wait.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Isn't it a wonderful season??
I'm so sorry you've been ill! Feel better!

8:58 PM  
Blogger foam said...

what a romantic you are .. :) .. in the very best way, of course.
enjoy your holiday season, thursday ..
may it be all you wish for.
XO

9:10 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

I am so glad that you are feeling better!! I too have been sick with cold or a respitory infection for 3 weeks. Finally coming outta the haze.
Man, your tree trimming sounds wonderful! Can I come? guess that would spoil the mood.
Muppet Christmas Carol. Me and my mom like to watch that one too! She was always a muppets fan when I was a kid. Thats a good one!
Merry cHRISTMAS!
It will be fun with Jack!

11:17 PM  
Blogger Jack of Cakes said...

there's nothing more magical and romantic than Christmas time in New York. I can't wait to spend the holidays with my PJ!

2:32 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

I always think of you when I play the CD 'Wintersong,' because I remember your post about listening to it when you first bought it. (Yeah, my memory is crazy. ha My associations of people/emotions/things is crazy too. ;))

It's such a melancholy CD, but is also really beautiful and uplifting in parts.

It's fun when kids finally understand about X Mas. Bree loves it! Calvin is still too young to understand, but he's cute cause he's happy with just shiny bows and stuff like that. ;)

Kids rule!

12:44 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

OH my goodness chile' ya got me excited about Christmas now--an' how mahvelous yours sounds! Mmmm, the mushroom risotto.

But I'se real sorry ya been feelin' puny...take it easy lest ya risk a relapse an miss all that fun ya have planned.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Boxer said...

I watch "White Christmas" every year... the song "Sisters" makes me teary because my sister and I used tosing that song to each other when we were young. I love your tradtions and I'm so happy you have your Prince to share your Holidays.

11:39 AM  
Blogger HLiza said...

I feel the season just by reading this..here it's all commercial hypes in the mall!

5:19 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

trimming the tree is the most romantic night of Christmastime for me and the King. skin looks great in the glow of christmas lights. i like the bigger old school colored ones...gives off a slight pink glow. we like a bottle of piper and a nice steak. i have so many special ornaments some from when i was a little girl. and of course lots of the ones i designed and made.

im glad you are feeling better. i take ionized squirts of silver everyday as a hedge against colds. so far so good.

enjoy the NYC day. i envy you

9:09 PM  
Blogger NYD said...

My favorite part about Christmas is seeing young couples in love. That and listening to Boris Karloff narrate the Grinch.

5:23 AM  

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