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Friday, December 7, 2012

Holly Days Are Here Again

Brattleboro's holiday season starts with the Messiah Sing. That was last weekend. Now we move through all the traditions' holidays- Hannukah, Yule, Christmas, Kwaanza, Festivus for the rest of us- as it gets darker and the snow flies. Right? Well. Not so much when it's in the 40-50'F range. Reminds me of Greg's Christmas song. "But instead it just kept on raining, a veil of tears for the virgin birth." It's Ho Ho Ho-ing time all right and the lights are going up, but there's no snow in sight. Which reminds me, that string of lights needs to get to Brown & Roberts to get fixed.... oh, list... Meh. As I fluff the bottom tier of the tree, and the little white lights shine triumphantly again, I really have no right to complain about my luxury problems. It's just weird to be this far north and be so warm in December.

The styrofoam block to make Marley is in Massachusetts, so that'll get here Monday, by which time I should have the tree fluffed at least. The Irish cream is nearly done, now that Special K made the whiskey delivery. Much cooking will happen this week. The Heat Fund recipe this month is Chicken Chow Mein (a nod to American Chinese restaurants at Christmas) so that'll be Tuesday's mission, then the plum pudding on Wednesday (so it can soak up a couple weeks of alcohol) and Hard Sauce (need more butter). In between times I'll keep decorating and work on Marley. I honestly don't know how I did it all while working and everything. Guess I was much faster then. Right now it looks like Christmas threw up all over my house. 

All right, off I go to bottle Irish cream and rearrange the branches. There's a fun animated version of  "A Christmas Carol" on abc family, the Beest is behaving herself and all's merry and bright around here. Hope it is where you are, too.

If you'd like to contribute to the Windham County Heat Fund, send a tax-deductible check to:

The Windham County Heat Fund
c/o Richard Davis
679 Weatherhead Hollow Road
Guilford, VT 05301

and if you'd like all the recipes I've created to raise funds, include a note saying so. The boys will get them out to you PDQ. Thank you. x

14 comments:

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

Sounds like the holidays are under way at your house.

Geo. said...

"Christmas threw up all over (your) house". Hah! I have not yet begun to decorate. I'm such a slouch compared to you. My admiration.

MoonRaven said...

Congratulations on it being 'merry and bright' even if it's still warm. At least it still gets darker at this time of the year.

Happy holiday season to you and yours...

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

As far as snow is concerned,be careful what you wish for.

And yes, I used to get so much more done years ago when I had a job and four children. I think I managed time so much better and definitely had more energy.

Lisa said...

I have ONE Christmas decoration up - a Santa rubber duck. That's it.

Twisted Scottish Bastard said...

Fluf the bottom of the tree?

Sounds a bit exotic.

Austan said...

Lawless- it's not even entirely out of hand!

Austan said...

Geo.- you've got 2 weeks and 2 days. Run!

Austan said...

Moony, yes, we still have the Return of the Sun, snow or no. I hope yours are beautiful. x

Austan said...

Arleen- it's been 3 years of hardly-Winter. I'd be okay with a foot of snow about now...

Guess we don't have the steam we used to have. Still, we get things done on time. Mostly.

Austan said...

Niecely- well what the Hell? Get yer butt moving! 14 days to Yule!!!

Austan said...

TSB- we do strange things in New England...

The Elephant's Child said...

Christmas has only purged its contents on the spare bed here. Some shopping complete (more needed), some parcels sent (more needed), no deocorating done (perhaps), Christmas cakes made (and being watered with rum and brandy) a little sanity retained (more needed). And finally, a cheque to the heat fund posted yesterday.

Austan said...

EC- it'll start migrating to the rest of the house soon. ;) Thank you EC! I'll alert the boys! <3