Hello everyone. My last post touched on some of my favorite things about the holidays.
I’ve thought of more things to add to that list. Definitely “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” cartoon version only, please. Jim Carey did a nice enough job with the film, but it can’t match the charm of the original, for me. We watched “Shrek The Halls” last night and enjoyed that a lot. I love Donkey!
If I were to think about food that makes my holiday season special, that would be easy. HoneyBaked Ham. Jingles cookies. Home made Buckeyes. I’ve had a variety of store-bought Buckeyes. Not even close. Jingles. I realize that I might be the only person on earth who has such a rosy fondness for Keebler Jingles, but I just love them! When I was a kid, we could get them at Charlie and Hilda’s store down the street from our house. I loved them then, and still do. Maybe they remind me of childhood, I don’t know.
It’s funny how you can write a sentence or two about your childhood and that little door opens wide, bringing in all kind of memories. Christmas Eve, waiting in the kitchen with the door to the next room closed, while Santa delivered gifts. Neighbors stopping in to visit. This is the old days in a small neighborhood in Northside, where it seemed everyone knew everyone. I loved Christmas Eve back then. I can’t remember much about the presents I got. Oh, I remember when my brother Jon got the jump rope off of the box of tooth paste and wrapped it up for me! It’s the thought that counts. 🙂 Or the time we gave my mom some gosh awful smelly “perfume” from the corner drugstore. That stuff probably REEKED in reality, but we were very proud of ourselves, saving up enough to buy it for her.
Thanksgiving weekend went pretty peacefully. I ate too many junk carbs which left me feeling like a lead balloon come Monday morning. Frisch’s still wins for best pumpkin pie. Oh…. someone accidentally put the frozen pumpkin pie I bought in the refrigerator instead of the freezer. When I opened it Thursday morning to bake, it had the consistency of a pumpkin smoothie. Frisch’s pie later that evening seemed heavenly in comparison. We played a few lively card and board games at my brother’s that evening. How I got seated at the end of the table with the Special People…. well….. that’s okay, because we Special People kicked butt and won the games! Never underestimate the power of a delicate mind or bull-headed doofusses. We didn’t get to watch “Planes Trains and Automobiles” until Friday evening. We laughed a lot and I liked the ending.
As was “Bridesmaids”. I will not tell you which scenes got multiple airings in my house. Suffice it to say my son and I laughed so hard we were gasping and crying at the same time. We are SUCH rednecks…. but happy, so who cares?
I did visit a few elderly friends over the weekend. We stopped at Judson Village on Saturday to help out with bingo and to visit a few of our Little Brothers friends. My son helped a lady named Martha who took a shine to him and told him about a million times how handsome he was. I didn’t know his face could stay that red for that long! I asked one of our Little Brother friend’s what he would like for a treat and he adamantly didn’t want fast food. He wanted fresh bananas.
Something I very much take for granted.
I’ll be delivering those bananas this week. Maybe I could dress up like the Chiquita lady and do a little dance. Hmmmm. Maybe not!