Sunday, December 19, 2010


'Tis the Season 2010...

“Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly…Fah, Lah, Lah, Lah, Lah,Lah,Lah,Llah,Lah”
Wasn’t Dame Clare fantastic in “A Chatty HANKmuss?”

Don’t you just love the Holiday Season?

Can’t find a parking place when you need it. People bumping into you with their shopping carts at every store where you shop.

Items out of stock. Sizes out of stock. Kids screaming. Kids crying. Mothers and Father’s yelling “Shut Up or we’re going home right now!”

Busy streets. No time to cook. No time to read. No “down time”. Concert here. Recital there. A Show that just closed at The Stubley.
A Cast & Crew party.
Talk of next year’s show!

Hiding gifts in closets. Forgetting where you hid a gift.
Two Open Houses, a Christmas Party and three “drop by for a just a while”-all on the same evening!
Shovelling the front walk.
Mailing Christmas Cards. Mailing packages that you hope will make it in time.
Returning telephone calls.
Shopping at Wal-Mart Superstore at 3a.m.

Listening to Swisssh Radio-Playing Your Holiday Favourites for the 4th year in a row!!

Making Hot Chocolate. Baking shortbreads…
Ummm… Buying shortbreads because there’s no time to bake them.

A hot apple fritter and an Orange Spice tea at Mariposa Market.

Then Christmas Day.
Why can’t we go away for Christmas?
Taking off to shop in that cute little Victorian Town of Port Perry.
Flurrries and Squalls when you have to be somewhere. The rotten condition of city streets after a snow storm- ruts and bumps and ice and snow. The Works department failed Snowplowing 101- again.

Chopping wood for the fire.
Flicking a switch on the gas fireplace.

Learning dialogue as you listen to Rita MacNeil sing “Deck the Halls”.
Watching Scrooge on Blu Ray.
Replacing all the old Christmas Lights with new LED lights. Three hundred and sixty dollars later-priceless!

Decorating the Tree. Afterwards, sitting down with a Hot Chocolate in your favourite chair when one of the light sets go out. Dropping a favourite ornament. It smashes into a thousand pieces. Damn!
Setting up the Nativity Scene. Can’t find the Mary figurine? The cat chews one of the little sheep. You chew out the cat! Remember to hang the wreath on the gate.
I need a Bailey’s in front of the fire. The bottle is practically empty. Off to the LCBO.
Oops! Can’t find a parking place.
Shopping for Christmas Stocking Stuffers. I love the dollar store.
Watching a favourite Christmas Movie like “Love Actually…” and crying again.

Strolling the neighbourhood on a mild December night with the snow gently falling-just to look at the lights.
Watching the Canada Geese at the Park and wanting to tie a red ribbon around each of their necks.

Gift Shopping for a Christmas Eve Birthday. What’s that all about?
Buying a decorative acrylic Church from Hallmark-made in China, only to find the same thing is less than half the price at another store.

Don’t even go there.

Spending the “stash of cash” you stashed away last summer. It’s only money.
Have another Bailey’s and not caring if another damn light set has gone out.
Thinking about going to a show and shopping in Toronto- or New York City.
One has to dream, eh?

Don’t you just love the Holiday Season?