Today in My History
2000: Santa Needs a New Elf
Time, Around the World
Minutes at a Time
Prancing and Pawing of Each Little Hoof
2005: And They Lived Happily Ever After
Nog Galas Revisited
2008: Visions of Sugarplums
2009: The Christmas Miracle
2010: Season of Miracles
2012: Comes the
Books Read in 2013
"Fried Eggs with Chopsticks"
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2013 Christmas Letter
mail to Walt
23 December 2013
1. The Christmas song I can listen to even in June is...
Oh probably "Little Drummer Boy." There is enough drama in that song
that it works for me no matter when I hear it.
2. Hot Chocolate, Egg Nog or Mulled wine?
Yes. :) For tree-trimming, I like egg nog. For adult parties, I'll
have a spot of mulled wine, and for a cold winter evening, nothing beats a nice mug of hot
3. When do you put your decorations up?
Lately, never. Since we are gone over Christmas, don't entertain, and don't get
invited out...and almost never spend any time in the living room (except for sleeping),
there doesn't seem to be any point to it. If the grandkids were coming to visit, or
if we were going to be home and I could find a place for "all this crap" in the
living room, I might consider a tree again.
4. What are you having for Christmas dinner?
Don't know yet. I'm not cooking. I assume turkey. Last year Tom
cooked it two ways, in the oven and deep fried. Both were delicious.
5. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
It has changed over the years. For so many years, it was the "egg nog
gala" that our kids put on, a variety show with lots of variety. But
that is no more (and I miss it). I loved waking up and waiting for the kids to come
downstairs to see what Santa (or his representatives, as they got older) brought, but that
is no more either. I guess now my favorite tradition is what we did the other
night--driving around town and looking at the lights on all the houses, while Christmas
music plays in the background. As the grandchildren get older, I'm sure there will
develop new beloved Christmas traditions.
6. Have you ever gone Carol singing?
Yes. I've sung with groups at convalescent homes, wandering the neighborhood
(sometimes playing kazoos), and even caroled with The Lamplighters on the cable car in San
Francisco, going from one end of the line to the other end, where the Buena Vista (the
club that invented Irish coffee is) for an Irish coffee. Caroling with a group of
professional singers is the best ever.
7. When did you learn the truth about Santa?
One Easter, as a matter of fact. And I'm still traumatized by it.
I was noticing that my parents were pointing out places we had missed in looking
for Easter eggs and, feeling very smart for figuring it out, I went to them and whispered
"thank you" so that my younger sister couldn't hear me. My father said
"Well, now that you know about the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, don't spoil it for
Karen." Santa Claus TOO????
8. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
We don't any more, but when we did, almost all of the ornaments were either home made
or specially bought for a certain occasion...like the gold trumpet we gave Paul the year
he played Winthrop in The Music Man or the matching 49ers that we gave Tom and
David, avid football fans. There was also the ballerina we gave Jeri when she was
studying ballet, and I think we gave Ned a car ornament when he learned to drive.
There are lots of ornaments like that, plus my favorites, which are the ones that the kids
made. We also have what I call the "necropsy ornaments," which consist of
a ball that was the favorite of our dog Seymour, a black leather jacket with
"bitch" on it (because it was the only thing in black leather I could find)
which we got the year David died, and the smiley face necklace that Paul gave me one year,
which became a Christmas ornament the year Paul died.
9. What's the best thing about Christmas?
Being with family. This year it will be being with family twice, since we will
have a celebration with the grandkids on Christmas day and two days later a late Christmas
with my mother and Ned & Marta. Jeri will be here for both celebrations, which
10. All I want for Christmas is...
World peace and a clean house. I've been asking for this for more than 20 years
now. Sooner or later, someone is going to listen!