Sunday, December 16, 2007

Cold at last

The weather turned cold and very windy on Saturday evening. I went to a Christmas concert, meeting up with my sponsor. The seats were literally front row which turned out to be interesting because of being able to see just about everything the violinists did as well as the conductor, harp player and percussionists. It really helped to get in the Christmas spirit to hear carol favorites.

The 40 knot winds that kicked up kept me close to port, but I still spent time on Compass Rose. She was safe and dry in her slip at the marina. It was one of the few times that waves were crashing over the sea wall.

I have gotten all of my Christmas shopping done. Wrapping a few dozen presents is the last thing to do. The tree is up and the house decorated. I have to say that all the coziness makes me want to stay home and just enjoy a fire and a good book. There's always something about the period from Thanksgiving to Christmas that turns me into a kid again.

I remember when I learned that Santa Claus was a bit suspect. I would lie awake on Christmas Eve listening for reindeer and wondering if Santa could get down the chimney. Eventually, I'd fall asleep, but as I got older it got harder for me to fall asleep. So one year when I was around 6 or 7 years old, I heard my parents whispering and going up and down the stairs. From then on I guessed the Santa theory didn't add up. And eventually I started to snoop around and find things under beds and at the rear of closets. I remember when I found some gifts that I wished I hadn't. From then on, I stopped snooping and to the this day don't want any hints about what anyone has gotten me. I guess I prefer to revert back to childhood thoughts that it's all magic. And maybe it is.


  1. I still get choked up when I read the last line of the Polar Express, how his sister could no longer hear the bell. I always want to hear the bell. This program has helped me to get closer and for that I am grateful.

  2. I am sooo with you on enjoying things for the upcoming holiday being done and just sitting in my cozy living room with just the CHristmas lights one an enjoying the peace... aaaah peace

  3. I don't like to know either. But if I see a present wrapped, I can always guess. My children used to get up in the middle of the night, play with their toys then go back to bed. It upset me at first, because I wanted them to have the surprize in the morning, but as they grew older they told me that it was their favorite memory of Christmas....the three of them getting along, whispering together under the tree while I was asleep.

  4. Wait a minute.
    What are you trying to tell me about Santa Claus?

  5. I need to borrow your Xmas spirit this year. Usually I am like a kid, I have wonderful memories, I'll relish in those, that will help. Yea, I would rather not know. I guess that's the kid in me. Sounds like you're having a wonderful time. Merry Xmas to you!

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  7. magic oh don't we all wish for the little bit of magic from long long ago?

    Hey! My sponsor family taught me to sit in the front row. I go early, something else they taught me so that I can sit in that front row. Its been great since I am so easily distracted.

  8. i did exactly what you did, snooping for presents, but once i found a present for my birthday, but i didn't get it cause it wasn't meant for me, and i was bitterly disappointed. and also never snooped again.


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