Hey friends! Anita’s still in beatdown/recovery mode from her pinched nerve, and keyboard typing is a no-no right now, so she asked me to take today. So here we are! Let’s talk about any special things you’ve done or are doing this time of year, either holiday-related or just because.
In D.C., I think the kids and I went to our local “festival of lights” thing at the nearby botanical garden every December until COVID hit. It’s park-and-walk rather than drive-through, one of those things with giant light displays in various shapes. When the girls were younger they loved it; when they were older and probably “too cool” for it, the twins were small, and so the girls still wanted to come … and we just kept going, even with the youngest well into their teens. There’s something about that kind of event that allows you to feel like a kid again, and in 20 years I never got tired of it. I hope it’s back this year, even though I’m not there any longer.
So my treat to myself here besides my church-bazaar cookies has been all the holiday musical events. Obviously there were a ton of those in the D.C. area but there was always the hassle factor – did I want to drive all that way, and deal with parking? Here, okay it’s not the Kennedy Center, but there are endless choral and instrumental groups and a lot of the performances are in local churches or at the museums downtown, and on the cheaper end they range from free to, say, $25. (There are more expensive performances, one of which I’m going to on Christmas Eve, but otherwise $25 is my sweet spot.)
I went to hear Christmas carols done with handbells and some impromptu singing at the Presbyterian church on Friday night; we sang “In The Bleak Midwinter” which is one of the loveliest carols ever written, in my opinion. Saturday I went with a friend to a concert at Cristo Rey catholic church which is old and very plain inside and I think it’s gorgeous in addition to having excellent acoustics. Tomorrow night I’m going to a Christmas concert at St. Francis Cathedral downtown. I’m wearing my N95, we’re having a surge of flu/RSV/COVID here, and most other folks were masked as well even though it wasn’t required.
I’ve done a minimal amount of holiday decorating including Christmas Rat shown up top (thanks Anita!) which she gave me years ago after that Thanksgiving when the rats came up from the basement at night and walked on all my pies in the kitchen, what a horror show, although funny now. Also here’s my Christmas cactus blooming like mad, that’s the other photo, isn’t it pretty?!? I rescued it from the trash years ago, I’m a plant-rescuer.
Do you do anything special this time of year? Any special memories?