Thursday, November 7, 2019

Christmas Now! Then!

A tree in our old neighborhood. For 11 months of the year if was ugly, but at Christmas?
It was stunning.
You might think that this post is a tad premature, but there is a reason: I want to celebrate Christ's birth, listen to music, decorate with every bulb and garland I can find, and remember every Christmas possible. Christmas cannot wait and neither can I.


Taken from our Chicago hotel room
after my son's wedding
Waiting for Christmas is and has always been the most intense, insane experience of anticipation of all the year. 
Standing in front of the tree and being mesmerized by the lights is the disco ball of the season. Then there was the dancing around the tree. Shaking the presents and guessing their contents is always be part of the game.  The small train around the base wears itself out by the Big Day, only too happy to be packed away for next year’s new batteries and another chance to whistle.

(That was a few years ago, going into the sixth decade of life. Then my granddaughters informed me then that I have to move away from the tree.  It was their time to do the dancing.)

Moving ahead some years and I would be found with the other delights: baking some, fixing meals, cuddling a baby, and moving furniture around to accommodate our grandsons BJ and Jim. (then almost 1 year old baby brother).
BJ 5th birthday, June 26, 2017


Jim at 6 months, June 22, 2017
I was waiting for Christmas, slightly removed from the tree’s perimeter to allow tween girls and a five year-old in pajamas to enter into the thrall of the tree. And now there will only be two girls in their teens. Sweet wonderful girls who are Irish dancers will be there.Christmas starts as a spark of joy, and then fills me all up.  Christmas is here!  Christ came into the world as a human, to experience the human pain and suffering.  Christ was crucified, resurrected, and ascended into heaven.   Christ dwells within me daily, reminding me that I am part of His family. 
This year I will think about those boys in their own home, dancing around their tree. 

In a running park 



This a repost of 2010.  I liked it, and juggled some words about to post it again in 2017. Now, here in 2019, I post it again.

Why is this post going up in early November, you may ask.  Christmas 2016 my husband's family went on a cruise because Mom Kane had died in February and none of us wanted to be home, without her.

It wasn't Christmas for any of us, we acknowledged it then and now.  Now, each year since 2016 we gather in one home or another and talk about times with Mom and Dad, and the joy they brought to Christmas.


This year, 2019 my husband and I will dance up a storm around the tree with our teenage granddaughters, laughing about all the other dances of the past. WE will stop our dancing after a few minutes while they carry away the night.



YouTube: Flash Mob, 2010


Merry Christmas!


43 comments:

  1. It's a big job to host a family Christmas, but clearly you are overflowing with Christmas spirit and more than up to the task!

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    1. Now, with our kids grown and gone, our families still gather. We have lots to enjoy together.

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  2. I love how you do this 'stuff'. You put me infront of the tree as I read. Christ 'then and now' was a much different read than I thought, but you knew that, huh?
    Love it a great read.
    Sherry & jack
    ps: I have never seen a 'flash Mob' in person, but it sure must thrill those around. I love the idea.

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    1. I would also love to see a flash mob in person. If only.

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  3. Years when I welcomed people at Christmas are gone, and at my age it is a sad time with so many people no longer here. But long may you enjoy your Christmases 🎄

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    1. Our parents (the founders of our feasts) are gone and different neighbors and friends have passed. So true.

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  4. It seems like everyone has decided it's Christmas season already. I guess we need it, especially after this year.

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  5. Amen! Christmas is my favorite time of the year. You dance up a storm and carry on the tradition.

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  6. Enjoy it to the max.
    As I am sure you will.

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    1. I am so excited! We are putting up our (fake) Christmas tree today!!

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  7. It's never too early to celebrate Christmas and be thankful. Family time is precious time. Enjoy setting up your tree.

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    1. Thanks! We will have our gr-daughters help on that. They climb a ladder more than we could.

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  8. I love Christmas, though I feel that I am not quite ready to delve into the holiday. With that, enjoy it when you can. Have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. We bought a new fake tree today and have it sparkling.

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  9. That's a great tradition. You made me smile on a grumpy day, thank you!

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  10. What a lovely tradition! I wish I could watch.

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    1. There will be less noise than years ago. Mostly adult people who are sipping coffee or wine makes it a quiet gathering. the college age are enjoying each other's company. It's a different excitement.

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  11. Beautiful traditions! Its usually just my kids, my Hubby and my mom....still awesome though.
    Blessings, Joanne

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    1. At this state of our empty nest status, our house will be quieter.

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  12. I'm looking forward to seeing the city decorations and maybe a few gardens locally that do lights and tinsel outside, though not many do. Most people keep their decorations inside and it's illegal to go window peeping. I'll be putting around just a few miniature things in places where the cat can't get to.

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    1. Here in our retirement our community, almost all houses have lights. There is a service that puts lights up for the elderly.

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  13. A tad early for me to be thinking about the Christmas decorations, but I did enjoy this post. Christmas still gathers each year at our house and all my (small) family will be home. I love tiptoeing along the landing with every bedroom crammed with those I love.

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  14. I decorate my home the day after Thanksgiving, while others are being trampled in Black Friday frenzies. It's my tradition. When I was in college for about 100 years, the only time I had (between working full time and going to school full time) to decorate my home was the Thanksgiving weekend. It used to take an entire day to decorate a 12 ft tree I'd buy every year. Then on Saturday, the rest of the house was decorated. When I moved to Wichita, for the first three years, I moved furniture to other rooms to facilitate a much smaller (no taller than 6 ft) tree. I got tired of all that moving furniture and started buying tabletop trees. Now those trees decorate my home each year.

    I'm so glad you have your traditions and you continue them, even though families change over the years. Keep dancing, dear.

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    1. Why don't you take your beloved and cut a rug?

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  15. I feel exactly the same way, Susan! Christmas simply can't come soon enough. Or stay long enough! I love that, for a few months of the year, one can talk openly about the Saviour without people looking at you like you're weird. The very best of times.
    And, oh, the memories!
    I will picture you dancing around the tree...

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  16. I love Christmas. In fact, my tree is still up from LAST YEAR! It's in the basement, though, by my Old People Chair and TV, not in the main part of the house. I like the warm glow of the lights.

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  17. I too am a Christmas freak.....once Remembrance Day on the 11th of Nov is over the deco's go up and we're good to go...most of my shopping is already done. I hope I never get too old and crusty to enjoy Christdmas.

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  18. I really love it when Christmas season rolls around. The spirit of the season, the decoration, and that it is celebrating the Lord just makes me wish it could feel like this all year around. :)

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    1. That is how I feel as well. Leave the lights up. Let the light show.

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  19. We are entertaining all the family here on Boxing day and to be honest I was dreading it, but after reading this post I now realise it's a blessing. Thank you.

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  20. Yesterday, we discussed whether or not we'd get a tree this time - it's been a couple years, for a variety of reasons. I expect we probably will. We still have a fairly young cat in the house but I think if we don't put ornaments too far down, she'll behave.

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    1. We had a cat, big tom. Our bulbs were above his reaching height. He took out the satin bulbs and the rest were secure.

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  21. I love this post, Susan. And I love why you posted it now. Makes such sense. And you're so right about the anticipation and joy! I'm still like a kid when it comes to Christmas.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!