A Few of My Favorite Things
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I’m not a huge Christmas celebrator, but fortunately there’s enough Christmas to go around. I’m going to share some of my holiday favorites. You can hit me up with yours in the comments section.
Despite all the sin talk, O Holy Night
I’m also a huge fan of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” videos, especially the British naval versions.
Favorite Fictional Character
Not that creepy Santa. Not any elfy thing at all. I am anti-elf. My apologies to you LOTR types. I like the Grinch. Not him, per se – he’s a bad banana with a rotten peel. But the story is pretty great.
Favorite Present to Get
I’m a control freak who lives in a tiny house. Either get me a gift card, or make a donation in my name.
Favorite Present to Give
Gift cards. Get what you like.
Walking around downtown Oxnard, drinking hot chocolate and looking at the lights (starts about 2:40 in)
Or, if I’m with family, playing cutthroat bingo, an annual tradition (when you get a bingo, you grab a wrapped present. The next person to get a bingo can either take a different present, or steal yours.)
I really miss the Vocal Arts Ensemble Christmas concert in San Luis Obispo. So. Good.
My friend Brian is on the far left with the impressive curly white hair and Reambo is front and center, black hair and tux.
Tamales. The kind with chiles and cheese. And for dessert, anything with caramel in it. The exMrStapler’s family used to make these divine little handmade caramels, individually wrapped in waxed paper. Yeah, I’m going to miss that.
Favorite Cookies (yes, they are too their own category)
I’d love to say someone’s grandma’s recipe from the old country, but dang, Trader Joe’s Peppermint JoJos are great. But if you’re baking, a real simple shortbread (flour, butter, sugar, salt) is my favorite.
My first year without alcohol. I was never a big Christmas drinker, but a nice bottle of Champagne wouldn’t have been unwelcome. This year? Probably some Peppermint Hot Chocolate or Pellegrino and Cranberry juice.
We have so many Spanish-style bungalows around here. A string of those old school C9 big colored bulbs on one of those is sheer perfection. The new super-saturated LEDs are pretty cool, too.
Blitzen. Blitzen is definitely the coolest reindeer name.
Favorite Thing to do on Christmas Day
Go for a walk on the beach. Isn’t that what everyone does?