Showing posts from December, 2010

Only Six Shopping Days Left: The Third Blog of Christmas

This year I still have Christmas shopping to do.  A lot of it!  It's frustrating because I like to finish at least a week before Christmas, but events conspired against me this month.  Oh well. It is what it is. Yesterday, I rushed to the post office to mail my daughter's Christmas presents to California.  She's not coming home this year, which makes me sad, but I wanted to be sure that her presents got to her in time.  Normally, I send them UPS and let them do the packing for me, but this year Heidi explained that the UPS package pick-up spot is a long way from where she lives.  She asked me to use the US postal service.  Ugh! The line ran through the door when I got there, gifts in tow.  At home, I could not find a suitable shipping box, so I needed to find a box there.  Of course, none of the often-advertised flat-rate boxes fit, so I had to go with something a little more pricey. As I struggled to find the right box, I discovered the true nature of this season. 

Tis the Season For Santa and Scrooge

OK. So I'm going to let you in on my guilty little pleasure ... at least the one I enjoy at Christmas time.  Once we hit December on the calendar, the TV stations start running Christmas movies.  Yep.  That's right, Christmas movies.  Believe it or not, I love to watch these movies, no matter how sappy or corny they may be, I love them. Of course, there are some great classics out there - A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, It's a Wonderful Life - but the movie doesn't have to be a classic for me to watch it.  What can I say?  I just love to watch these movies. A few years ago, I spent a large portion of December fighting off a nasty virus that laid me low for several weeks.  During that time, I discovered not only how many Christmas movies there are, but, also, the limited number of themes present in the made-for-TV Christmas movie.  There are two main types.  One category focuses on a Santa Claus replacement or relative.  The