It’s quiet and raining here. Even though it’s mid-day, it’s dark enough that the string of lights around my front door is visible, adding a touch of color and festivity. Although I’d love a little snow, it will be easier to run my last minute errands without it, especially since people here generally don’t know how to drive in snowy conditions.
This is my favorite holiday, with tonight being extra special. Growing up, Christmas eve was filled with intense excitement. In an effort to calm five young children, my dad would load us up in the car to go look at Christmas lights. I remember snowy roads, singing Christmas carols with my brothers and sisters, and coming home to hot chocolate in Santa mugs.
After being put to bed, I would “sneak” out to the living room. It would be dark except for the shimmering tree, and the smell was intoxicating. One year Santa brought me a china figurine of an antelope; another year he left a craft kit where you could make a poodle out of plastic bags, trimming them with scissors for the perfect “poodle cut”. Every year the stockings that my mother had knit for each of us would be filled with nuts, candy, and small toys, with one large candy cane hooked on top.
Through the years of raising my own children, I’ve found myself doing the same. Joey grew up with similar traditions, including the drive on Christmas eve to look at lights. This year we’re low key. Tonight Joey, Alex, and I will lay out our stockings. I’ll adjust a few ornaments on the tiny tree as we head for bed. Later on I’ll wake up and set out the gift or two that “Santa” has for us this year, unwrapped of course, since Santa is very busy.
I’ve decided to make hot chocolate tonight. I’ll melt the baking chocolate in a pot, adding sugar and evaporated milk, stirring it with a wooden spoon so it doesn’t scald on the bottom. That’s the way my mother always made it. I don’t know if I’ve ever taught Alex, but if not, this evening will be the perfect time.
Wishing you Peace and Light, wherever you are.
My outfit consists of a vintage “crimplene” skirt from Goodwill, Kenneth Cole gloves from long ago, wool beret-?, self-made top, boots- old and can’t remember, leather and feather neckpiece- gift from the designer. If you click on the pictures once, and then again, you’ll be able to see more detail. (Check out the second photo at the top of the post. You’ll really be able to see the neckpiece.)
I can’t resist giving you a preview of one of the items I received from Bella at The Citizen Rosebud for the Christmas swap organized by Lakota at Faith, Hope, and Charity Shopping. I couldn’t wait for Christmas, so I opened the box. I wore this scarf that very night. I’m sure you understand.