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Five Christmas Parties and a Funeral

Wow!  What a shitty time of year to lose someone you love.  I mean, it’s a shitty time, period.  But to lose someone at Christmas seems even harder.  Sadly, my nan died a little more than a week ago – on December 11.  She would have been 89 this past Saturday, December 18.  Although I wasn’t as close to her as I was to my mom’s parents, it’s still a loss and it’s still sad.  It hit me that I have no grandmothers left.  WTH?  That REALLY doesn’t seem fair.

Thankfully, one thing to make this sad time a lot easier was my cousin Anne’s arrival from BC.  She CRACKS me up.  I think we crack each other up.  God love her!!  I miss her so much now that she’s gone.  ANNE:  YOU SUCK!!!  But thank you for not letting that little family argument “ruin my fun!”  Bahahaha!  Hilarious.  I’ll be sure to say hi to Grimp for ya.  🙂  Annie-Lou…you’re my BEST COUSIN!!

Other than the funeral and whatnot and that massive wind storm that knocked power off in most of the Valley and then some and cracked power poles in half, knocked over the big-ass community mailboxes, ripped giant-assed old trees out by their roots, blew a bbq tank up and over the deck above me  (WTH??) and left a shed in my neighbor, Greg’s backyard that has yet to be identified by an owner, I have been working on getting ready for Christmas and for the last two parties – which were both this past weekend.  What fun, what fun!  Seriously.  Thank you to everyone who made it out to my place and to Anne for helping me bake (and eat the damn truffles.  Damn you!).  Winston enjoyed the company as well.  As did Blair.  I think Blair’s tummy is going to be sore for a while from laughing so hard at us.  Good times.  And I was happy that my grumpy brother and Cat came and stayed.  I even got a “late” night call from Aidan..but he just wanted to talk to his mommy.  😦

The family party on Sunday was busy but fun.  So much food.  And, of course, Miss Donda made me cry.  Thanks.  That was very kind of you.  OH…and you were supposed to call ME last night, ‘member?  Perhaps you (Donna) can ring me tomorrow (Wednesday) night.  I’ll be with the man tonight.  Although, I could use up his LD.  🙂

All in all, it’s been a great December…of course, minus the death of my grandmother.  😦   And I’m having a hard time grasping that Christmas is merely a few days away.  OMG.  SERIOUSLY…OMG!!!!  I’m *this* close to being ready.  But not quite there.


My Christmas is Not Complete….

 There are so many wonderful traditions that  I carry over each year that I thought it would be fun to post about them.  SO, my Christmas is not complete without:
Watching One Magic Christmas and Elf.  I usually watch OMC at least twice each year.  It’s my favorite Christmas movie.  I also try to watch A Christmas Carol (or Scrooge) {usually watched again on Christmas Eve) and Scrooged (all hail Bill Murray).  And, of course, Ernest Saves Christmas is always a fun one…although, now that I’m older I find Ernest incredibly annoying.
I also love to watch the old school stuff like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a few others from the olden days (my childhood).
Each and every year I say I’m going to watch It’s A Wonderful Life…however, I still have not managed to see that movie yet.  Maybe this year is the year.  It’d be nice to see the darn thing, a classic, all the way thru.  The attempt will be on again this year but I’m not promising myself.  My brother’s favorite is A Christmas Story, which is also becoming one of my favorites to watch.  But not a necessity (like OMC).
Christmas also has to include yummy eggnog and my mom’s chocolate peanut butter “Chestnuts” – they’re my favorite. 
I also have to listen to lots of Christmas music – including a tape I made when I was in the 8th grade of the best of the best AND the New Kids on the Block Christmas album – Funky Funky Christmas!!  Love it!!  And the Barenaked Ladies Holiday album is good too.  And fun.  *Edit:  I also usually listen to Harry Connick Jr.’s She album.  It’s not Christmasy but I bought it at Kmart on a Christmas shopping trip with my mom when I was about 16 or 17 and it always reminds me of Christmas and that trip.  It was a perfect shopping day – overcast, a bit snowy, crisp.  And HCJ is so lovely at the jazz!
I love going to the mall on Christmas Eve day.  We’ll see if it happens this year.  It’s either deader than dead or else it’s packed so much you can’t move.  I love it either way.  I love the hustle and bustle and noise.  I remember going one Christmas Eve when I was about 16 with my dad.  I had babysat till mid-afternoon and my dad wanted to run down and get a few last minute (all) of his things.  The mall was ridiculously insane.  So much that whenever I picked out anything my dad just said “put it in the cart” so that we could continue on and get out of there.  Sandy (me) ended up with quite a few extra gifts that year (including, as I vividly remember and I was so excited about, Unforgettable perfume by Revlon.  I loved the “put it in the cart” items).  LOL. 

 Christmas is not complete without my big family party (on my mama’s side) or Rappie Pie on Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ house (father’s side).  My mom’s family party is always so much fun.  Everyone crammed together.  Lots of food, games, noise, presents, excitement.  I love it!  It’s almost always a good time.  I wish, however, that my nan, grampie and Aunt Linda were still around to enjoy it with us.  R.I.P.  And Donna, damn you, get your ass and your family back to NS, would ya!!!  Next year????? 

One of the best things about Christmas morning is Christmas BACON!  YAY BACON!!!  🙂  (And after this indulgence {and sometimes before.  WhaT??} we head over to Terry’s to do the gift thing with them.  It’s SO much fun to see how excited the monkeys are.) 

There are so many wonderful traditions and things for Christmas it’s hard to remember them all.  I’m sure little things will be popping into my head from here until December 25.  In the meantime, what are some of your traditions or favorite things?

 *Side note:  One of my funniest memories of Christmas is when I was maybe 12 or 13ish.  We were at my grandparents’ Christmas Eve for Rappie Pie and my cousin Brian persuaded my brother and me to go caroling around the neighborhood.  We were so awful, the three of us, but it was hilarious.  And we had a good time.  And I’m sure some old couple probably took so much joy in the young ones singing in front of their lonely little house.  So that’s all that matters. 

Cheers y’all!

Edit: 12/08/10 – Hey y’all.  So, Friday night I got my Christmas tree up.  Yay!  It’s actually pretty this year…for being a fake.  Winston has been very good with it – he crawls underneath and rests.  Weirdo.  Not like the other kitties (RIP) who knocked down the darn thing in the middle of the night.  Bastards!!

I also got some decorating done.  As well as my baking started (peanut butter pie…YUM!!) and presents wrapped and put under the tree.  Winston is such a big help laying his fat ass across the rolled out paper.  That’s my boy.

Saturday evening I went to the annual Canaan Christmas Potluck (a tradition I’d forgotten about in my original post).  Had a nice dinner with my family and then Cat brought the monkeys for a visit with Santa.  The boys are so adorable.  Aidan, who’s 3, told Santa he wanted “Pajamas.  With feet in them.”  What kind of 3 year old asks Santa for a pajamas???  He eventually had to go back up with my dad to see Santa to also let him know he wanted a monkey.  And Jamie wants a sled.  I’m pretty sure Santa will hook them up.  🙂

Since Friday night I’ve watched Elf twice.  I love it.  It never gets old.  I’m loving all the Christmas specials.  And I’m looking forward to watching One Magic Christmas hopefully this weekend.  I told Blair I’d bring it down so that we can watch it with Abby.  It’s my favorite Christmas movie…of all time.

Preparations are coming for the parties.  The firm party is tomorrow night and I am Angie’s date.  🙂 It will be nice to have a few glasses of wine with former co-workers.  Well, the ones I miss.  🙂

Edit: 12/22/10 – I have watched OMC once so far and started it again.  I believe tonight may be the night for the second turn.  I have SO much baking done.  It’s going to be tempting to not eat the food I’ve made but I’ll have to be on my best behaviour.

I forgot something else that ALWAYS made me happy at Christmas.  It’s one of those things that STILL to this day (probably 25 years or more later) gives me goosebumps (yes, I’m a weirdo too).  What is it, you ask?  It’s the Sobeys “Star of Christmas” commercial:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRckzCCEBdQ .  I LOVE this commercial.  I haven’t seen it in a few years but now with the magic of YouTube I can watch it anytime I like.  🙂