It’s the time of year where there’s a party everywhere!
My friends from What’s On Your Bookshelf, Donna, Debbie, Sue & Jo’s are also celebrating the holidays with a link-up on ‘Festive Bonbon: What Does Your Holiday Season Look Like?’
They wanted to know a bit more than I offered in my Friendly Friday Holiday post, so here goes.
Christmas Trees – do you have one? When does it go up?
In our house we start celebrating Christmas after the last birthday party of the year on December 5th. When my son’s cake is all gone, it’s time to break out the Christmas decorations.
Rather than a pesky pine-needle-shedding tree, we decorate our Christmas piano. It’s almost as pretty and double-duties for musical entertainment.
I also decorate a large Chinese drum table. Actually, I spread it with a red blanket and place a tiny Christmas tree on top. On Christmas Eve all the presents go around and on the drum.
Santa got confused the first few times but he eventually got the hang of it.
Christmas Carols? Yes or No.
I like to listen to Christmas music when I’m baking or cooking Christmas treats. Which goes to say that it’s always playing in December. I prefer to hear modern songs.
Unless it’s Christmas Eve, in which case I enjoy traditional Christmas carols too.
I do hate the Christmas musak that’s played in shopping malls and supermarkets. There I uniformly despise both modern and traditional musak, no matter the day or time.
Unless it’s Christmas musak sung in K-pop or Mandarin.
Then I don’t mind it for the duration of a 20 minute shopping trip to the Chinese grocery store. Which let’s not kid ourselves, is really a 45 minute trip during the season, which can become an 80 minute trip if I’m stuck in a long line at check-out and there’s someone price checking the cost of vegetables … in which case, I really hate all musak.
Christmas Movies – Your faves?
I can’t get tired of A Christmas Story. I love how Ralphie’s little brother gets bundled up like the Michelin tire man and when Ralphie’s tongue gets stuck to a pole.
The most relatable scene is Ralphie’s mom’s reaction to Dad’s ugly lamp. It reminds me of an ugly lamp my husband bought when I inadvertently left him alone.
Most of all, I laugh when the family goes to the Chinese restaurant and gets roast goose instead of turkey. Chop!
Home-made Jamaican style Christmas cake aka Black Cake? Yes
North American style Christmas fruit cake with candied fruit, nuts and sometimes marzipan & icing? Maybe Yes but mostly No. Hubby loves the Old Fashion Claxton Fruit Cake and I will buy a brick or two when I see it. All the other fruitcakes pale in comparison.
English style Christmas Pudding with sauce & blazing brandy? Yes, for watching on TV with Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Ebenezer Scrooge & Tiny Tim.
What’s on your Table?
All I want for Christmas?
Health, Sanity and Happiness for everyone near and dear.
Merry Christmas Everyone!