we come to another Christmas.
I have posted my own stories of holiday cheer every year since December of 2009. But for one lone New Year greeting in December of 2010, you will never find December posts in my archives.
I delete them.
I store them in documents and most of them will never be republished. Like trees and villages, decorations and wreaths, Christmas posts change every year.
Each Holiday season challenges me to bring you something new about me and my love of this time of year.
This year, I did not wax poetic with stories about the Middle One or the Big Guy; of the brother who always arrived at the last minute with arms filled with presents, until the year he did not; of the brother who makes Christmas in his heart all the year-long; of my father and his comical short-comings, odd Italian accent or his obsession with all things Christmas; of my mother, the mortar that held the bricks together; of her hard work ethic and her gentle touch.
This year I did not recount our less-than-Norman-Rockwell picture-perfect life.
And like so many of the wonders of my childhood home and my City Scapes, I miss them. I miss Christmas from December 26th until the next crazed Black Friday.
The challenge this season was to make four lists.
First, it was a bucket list. Second, a list of ten things I am thankful for. Third, a list of presents given and received.
Today, the fourth edition is the lists of sights and sounds for you to enjoy during my protracted winter break.
For each of you the sights and sounds of the Holiday season will be different, so please feel free to add as we move along.
Places to see in The City…
These were: Sixth Avenue, Macy’s, Radio City Music Hall, the UN and Rockefeller Plaza, the Big Tree and the Herald Angels
Houses in Brooklyn dressed for the Holidays …
There are thousands of beautiful displays in Brooklyn and the outer-boroughs. I have personally visited more than once. The last has been a must see for over twenty years. Several of these houses have their own Santa and rides for children, and two of them collect donations to cover the thousands of dollars in electricity they generate. People are very generous and the owners donate the excess to a local home for children.
Movies to enjoy …
I bet you each have a favorite. I could list more than a dozen, but will instead pick three from my personal top ten.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
For the memory and for the Misfit Toys. I watched this with my two kids the first year it was broadcast.
I saw this at the Radio City Music Hall with my Christmas Angels and a horde of ten rowdy kids. It debuted in 1954 and stared Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Every time a bell rings, an angel gets her wings. My all time favorite classic, with James Stewart and Donna Reed and a cast of great supporting actors. I never tire of this time-worn tale of good-wins-all. Ring-a-ding-a-ling.
Holiday music to fill you with glee …
I love dozens and dozens of Holiday music. I find it impossible to narrow it down to ten, but here goes.
I’ll be Home for Christmas … Elvis Presley
This song is for the Middle One
The Carol of the Bells
Short and sweet, I don’t know which choir did this version but it is dedicated to all the kids in our family.
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year by Andy Williams
For everyone who loves this time of year as much as I do.
The Christmas Waltz by Frank Sinatra
Just because … it’s that time of year the world falls in love.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland
For all those I won’t see this year
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas by Perry Como
For the Big Guy
Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms
For me … just because it’s such fun.
Rocking around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
For my mother who was crazy about Brenda Lee. Gotta admit, Brenda was over the top with everything she sang.
There’s No Place Like Home … Perry Como
This one is my dad, the original home-body.
The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
This one is always and only for me. Nat King Cole and his velvet voice can never be duplicated and each time I hear this song, it takes me back to everything I love about Christmas.
Well there you have it, my fourth and last “list” post for 2014.
As I prepare to close shop, I anxiously await the arrival of my daughter, her husband, and the latest addition to our family, my granddaughter.
They arrive in exactly seven days … and this gal is one happy wreck.
No matter how you celebrate this season, it remains for most of the world’s population, the season of lights. The lights on your tree, the lights of the menorah, the lights of cities in far off lands, the lights in the heavens that guide us to another new year.
Find your personal joy and grasp the gold ring life offers. You don’t need the month of November to challenge yourself as a writer. You don’t need to flip the calendar to challenge yourself to a fresh start with the rest of your life.
All you really need is your own good company, you with yourself, you as your best friend, you as the maker of your own destiny.
Have a Blessed Holiday.
Tell me true …
What one place do you love to see this time of year?
Do you have one favorite Holiday movie or Holiday song?
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