Wish I was there . .
My passport is ready and I can be packed in minutes.

20 December 2010

On the second day . . .

. . . in New Hampshire,
Santa brought to me
some snow to cover the trees!

19 December 2010

Have a holly, jolly Christmas . . .

It's the best time of the year
I don't know if there'll be snow,
But have a cup of cheer.

Have a holly, jolly Christmas;
And when you walk down the street
Say Hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet.

-Johnny Marks
"Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas"

17 December 2010

Don't look too close

No time for music today.
School is out.
Winter clothes to be found.
Suitcases being packed.
Early flight to winter wonderland tomorrow.

And I am still in my pajamas.

15 December 2010

Star of wonder . . .

Star of light
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.

"We Three Kings"
- Rev. John Henry Hopkins

14 December 2010

Hark! the herald angels sing . . .

"Glory to the new born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"

Joyful, all ye nations rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with th' angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"

Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King!"

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
-Charles Wesley

13 December 2010

But do you recall . . .

The most famous reindeer of all?

"Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer"
-Johnny Marks

11 December 2010

The children were nestled . . .

All snug in their bed.
While visions of sugarplums (or cupcakes!)
Danced in their heads.

"Twas the Night Before Christmas"
-Clement Clarke Moore

10 December 2010

And when the blue snowflakes start falling . . .

That’s when those blue memories start calling.
You’ll be doing alright with your Christmas of white,
But I’ll have a blue Christmas.

"Blue Christmas"
- Jay Johnson and Billy Hayes

09 December 2010

I really don't want much for Christmas . . .

Maybe just peace and while you're listening,
It couldn't hurt and might be nice,
If what the season brings could last beyond one silent night.

I really don't want much for Christmas.
No, hunger's high upon my wish list,
No fancy toys, please give instead
A roof above each homeless child's head.
It's all so grand and jolly.
We deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Yuletide carols and cozy fires,
But somewhere there's no rejoicing.

I really don't want much for Christmas.
You could lose hate, and I'd be blissful.
Make all the madness disappear,
That's it for what I wish.
No diamond-studded gifts.
I really don't want much this year, but love.

"I Really Don't Want Much for Christmas"
Chris Botti

08 December 2010

I really can’t stay (Baby, it’s cold outside) . . .

I’ve got to go ‘way (Baby, it’s cold outside)
The evening has been (I’ve been hopin’ that you’d drop in)
So very nice (I’ll hold your hand, they’re just like ice)

"Baby It's Cold Outside"
Frank Loesser

***Yes, I was reminded of this song last night watching Glee. But it really is cold here - 31ºF/0ºC.  It has been cold all week!!!!!  Yes, I know it won't last, but I can't help but having a Brittany moment (Glee reference) by asking Santa to make it snow here before Christmas.  After all, he's magic!

07 December 2010

Christmas Eve will find me . . .

. . . Where the love light gleams.
I'll be home for Christmas,
If only in my dreams.

"I'll Be Home For Christmas"
-Buck Ram, Kim Gannon and Walter Kent

06 December 2010

Jingle bells, jingle bells . . .

Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

"Jingle Bells"
James Lord Pierpont

***On a non- Christmas note (and a parent bragging note!), Hew's soccer team played their tournament this weekend.  In the championship game, Hew played goalie in the fourth quarter and in double overtime, and his team went on to win in sudden death.  I nearly had a heart attack every time the opposing team took a shot.  KK has her tournament next week so it will be another nerve wracking weekend coming up.

05 December 2010

Be near me, . .

Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children to thy tender care
And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.

"Away in a Manager"
Third Verse by Charles H. Gabriel

04 December 2010

Giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap. . .

Let's go! Let's look at the show,
We're riding in a wonderland of snow.
(except we're not - we're in the middle of a soccer tournament this weekend and next weekend!)

"Sleigh Ride"
Mitchell Parish

03 December 2010

There must have been . . .

. . . some magic in that old silk hat they found.
For when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around.

-Frosty the Snowman
Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson

02 December 2010

He sees you when you're sleeping . . .

. . . He knows when you're awake.
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

*** A bit off the Christmas theme, but for those who have previously asked I am doing much better.  Unfortunately my second experience in the hospital was horribly negative.  My husband and I have walked away knowing that not only must you have someone to advocate on your behalf,  but you must make a scene to be heard.  We didn't do this and even though we warned doctors that I am hypersensitive to medication, they put me on a full dose while admitting they were unsure of a diagnosis.  I was not told of potential side affects, include psychiatric affects such as anxiety and paranoia, as well as physical side affects such as my blood pressure shooting sky high, shaking, and inability to sleep.  I was not given a follow up with a doctor, but thankfully on the advice of nurses had scheduled an appointment with an ENT, who immediately took me off the medication, and was able to diagnosis the reflux.  It took more then two weeks for the medication to fully leave my system.  The positive in all this is that my fear of being unhealthy and going back to the hospital has resulted in an 18 pound weight loss with a change in diet and increase in exercise.  Plus to calm my type A personality down, I started practicing yoga again after a two year hiatus.  A silver lining to an otherwise horrible experience.

01 December 2010

I'm Dreamin' . . . .

 . . . of a white Christmas.  Just like the ones I used to know.
Where the tree tops glisten.
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

-Irving Berlin

December 1, 2010