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Oui Oui Wednesday

It’s that Christmas time of year, and in the midst of baking sweet and spicy concoctions, decking the halls, and going about my Auntie B’s Wax-ness I like to listen to things via that awesome thing called the internet, mostly YouTube and Pandora.  I just plug myself in and go to town.

The other day I had a song in my head from a Christmas special from my past.  It goes something like this…

We’re going home for the holidays
By train, by bus, by car
We’re going home for the holidays
We’re traveling oh so far…

The song is part of the soundtrack to Madeline’s Christmas.  I searched YouTube and found it without difficulty and couldn’t have been more thrilled.  I listened to it while pouring candles, then watched it on video for fun.  The songs of the video are now embedded in my head, and I couldn’t be more delighted.

Madeline is a seven-year-old girl living in a Catholic boarding school in France.  She has many adventures via books, film and television, but the Christmas special is one that captures my heart.

The sweet voices of little French girls, the colorful illustrations…it’s a simple story of Christmas cheer that fills my heart with joy.

Madam Marie sings a sweet song we should all remember…

Never give up on wishes
When you are sad or blue
Wish a wish right from your heart
And it just might come true

Never give up on wishes
Wish for the moon or sky
A wish is a dream that’s wide awake
Come now! Give it a try

Give this video of Madeline a try.  I’m so happy I found it, and it fills me with the Christmas spirit.

We’re staying in for the holidays
And those we love are near
We’re staying in for the holidays
We wished and now they’re here

We’re staying in for the holidays
We’re happy as can be
‘Cause there’s no other time like the holidays
To be with family

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I’m not one to put up the Christmas decorations right after the Halloween goblins have come to visit.  I don’t even put up the decorations the day after Thanksgiving, although I confess listening to Christmas music then.  I don’t want to rush Christmas; after all, the season is pretty long all by itself when you consider the actual twelve days of Christmas start on Christmas day.  Then there’s the four weeks of Advent before Christmas Eve.

Christian calendars aside, there’s a calendar that requires the holiday season to begin in August or September.  That would be the crafters’ calendar, especially when those crafts are scheduled to be displayed at shows and shops in time for the shopping season.

I’ve been working for months on the holiday cheer I want to present.  The things I make throughout the year are great holiday gifts, but then there are those things made specifically for the season.

Today I’m going to drop off some holiday votives and magnets at The Farmer’s Daughter, a shop in my town at which I consign my wares.  They’re having their holiday kick-off party this weekend and it will surely be wonderful event with free samples and perhaps a give-away or two, not to mention all of the wonderful gift items for sale.

And don’t forget the local art/craft fairs with local vendors displaying their talents.  The HandmadeMN Blog has a feature every Thursday highlighting some of the events in the Twin Cities area.  It’s a great way to support local artisans and get one-of-a-kind gifts for the people on your “nice” list.  OK, get some things for the “naughties” too…might turn them around.

Happy Shopping!

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More Reflections

Everyone’s writing about New Year’s resolutions these days.  I’m not one to make such demands on myself anymore.  Instead, on this day I’ll just reflect.  Reflections seem to be catching my eye lately, as well as capturing my imagination.

I saw, with the help of Husby and others, so many reflections of our Christmas trees in the windows, hanging art, and clocks of our house.  When it comes to reflecting on this Christmas season, there were so many wonderful memories formed, with three days straight of celebrating the season at different family members’ houses.

Husby and I hosted a gathering for my family a week before Christmas too.  At one point during preparations I thought I’d give up even trying as the beater of my mixer refused to release.  I’m nothing if not a baker at Christmastime, and a malfunctioning mixer would ruin everything.

Got stuck making fudge.

Got stuck making fudge.

Luckily Husby figured it all out and got me unstuck, so baking resumed as usual.  I think there were a few people happy about that, especially me.

New Year’s Eve, well, I was pampered by Husby as usual.  It’s become a tradition for him to cook up a boatload of crab legs for us while we watch a movie or two.  The crab was delectable, sweet and tender as usual, and the movie was a classic – March of the Wooden Soldiers, starring Laurel and Hardy.  Yeah, ancient and corny, but so much fun.  I used to play this movie for my little nephews when I would babysit them at Christmastime.  The “little” nephews are now 22- and 24-years old.  Guess what?  They watched that same movie on New Year’s Eve this year!

The most reflection I’ve been doing lately has been in regard to this last year, the first year of my retirement of the day job.  What an adjustment it’s been, but not one I’ll complain about.  Every once in a while I have dreams about being at work, and usually they consist of a lot of chaos or bizarre circumstances.  For the most part, however, my time as a civil servant has escaped my thoughts, save for a friend or two I made during my thirty-six years.

Retirement, or shall I say not having to be at a certain place at a certain time and doing certain tasks for forty hours a week, is feeling a little more normal by now.  Seriously, it takes a while.  And with my acquired comfort in massive amounts of free time I’m finally getting around to feeling more…settled.

At the same time I’m excited to embark on a new year with a new routine that will be filled with spontaneous adventures.  Lots of people say they’re glad to see 2016 go, but I’ll admit I’ve a bit more trepidation about 2017 than I’ve had in many new years past.  Not so much regarding myself as for the state of the planet.  I won’t get into that though.  My own little universe is enough for now and for me 2017 is going to be new, different, and wonderful.

Cheers to 2017!

 

 

 

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A Reflection

…and to all a good night.

 

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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Santa hasn’t launched his sleigh yet, but there have been more than a few sightings of the jolly, old elf at the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters.

I see him in my crystal ball.

I see him in my crystal ball.

 

He's jolly and colorful!

He’s jolly and colorful!

 

He's boingy and playful!

He’s boingy and playful!

 

He's playful, with a spring in his step!

He’s light on his feet with a spring in his step!

 

He's wise and wizard-like.

He’s wise and wizard-like.

Santa is everywhere!  It’s a good thing, too.  I love Santa and I believe.

How about you?

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