A Tale of Two Christmases

Christmas Compromise, 2009   Posted on Whiskertips, December 24, 2009, when William and Ernest were still young adults.   If you read my earlier post, our Christmas treehas been the subject of intense, but not unexpected, conflict. As soon as the tree lit up, so did William and Ernest.William had to be physically restrained from chewing … Continue reading A Tale of Two Christmases

Bear Feet and Lava Lamps

Christmas Night, and all through the house, one person and two cats are sleeping all snug in their beds, while I'm sitting here watching Apollo 13 and a lava lamp. This is my first lava lamp. I skipped the '70s. David said it's his first lava lamp, too. He was present for the '70s but skipped … Continue reading Bear Feet and Lava Lamps

Cats 1 – Tree 0

Posted on Whiskertips, December 10, 2009, when William and Ernest were young adults. Last night David strung lights on Christmas tree. William began gnawing on lights. Kathy went bananas, envisioning surgery to pick shards out of William's GI tract. William said he didn't care. Ernest said he didn't care either. David distracted William and Ernest. … Continue reading Cats 1 – Tree 0

The Road to Bethlehem

THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM If as Herod, we fill our lives with things and again things; If we consider ourselves so important that we must fill Every moment of our lives with action; When will we have the time to make the long slow journey Across the burning desert as did the Magi; Or sit … Continue reading The Road to Bethlehem

The Star of Christmas

The star of Christmas shines for all, No matter great, no matter small, No matter spotted, brown or white, It bids us all to share the light.                         ~ Unknown ***** In an Atlanta gift shop, on the last road trip my mother and I took together, I bought a packet of Christmas cards designed … Continue reading The Star of Christmas

The World in Solemn Stillness

We're watching, one more time, It's a Wonderful Life. Clarence Oddbody, AS2 (Angel Second Class), aka Henry Travers, is showing George Bailey, aka James Stewart, how his hometown would look if George had never been born. In a couple of minutes, George will learn that, because he never existed, his wife, Mary, aka Donna Reed, … Continue reading The World in Solemn Stillness

How NORAD Became the Santa Tracker

It's once again time for the North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) annual tracking of the flight of Santa Claus from the North Pole to points all over the planet. How did NORAD become the official Santa Tracker? The children of Col. Harry Shoup told the story on a recent episode of Morning Edition's Storycorps … Continue reading How NORAD Became the Santa Tracker

The Road to Bethlehem

THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM If as Herod, we fill our lives with things and again things; If we consider ourselves so important that we must fill Every moment of our lives with action; When will we have the time to make the long slow journey Across the burning desert as did the Magi; Or sit … Continue reading The Road to Bethlehem

The Star of Christmas

The star of Christmas shines for all, No matter great, no matter small, No matter spotted, brown or white, It bids us all to share the light.                         ~ Unknown ***** In an Atlanta gift shop, on the last road trip my mother and I took together, I bought a packet of Christmas cards designed … Continue reading The Star of Christmas

A Davis Christmas 2009: Compromise

As you know if you saw our last post, our Christmas tree has been the subject of intense, but not unexpected, conflict. As soon as the tree lit up, so did William and Ernest. William had to be physically restrained from chewing on the lights. The next morning found the tree lying on its side … Continue reading A Davis Christmas 2009: Compromise

A Davis Christmas 2009: Why Decorations 2013 Are Downsized

Last night David strung lights on Christmas tree. William began gnawing on lights. Kathy went bananas, envisioning surgery to pick shards out of William's GI tract. William said he didn't care. Ernest said he didn't care either. David distracted William and Ernest. This morning Kathy picked up tree, sopped up water, dragged lights to higher … Continue reading A Davis Christmas 2009: Why Decorations 2013 Are Downsized

Belated Christmas and Midnight Romps

At Christmas play and make good cheer For Christmas comes but once a year.                             ~ Thomas Tusse David and I met friends Geoff and Emme at the Root Cellar yesterday morning for a belated Christmas breakfast. Our plan for a Christmas-David's Birthday-New Year's … Continue reading Belated Christmas and Midnight Romps