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Christmas Was a Success

It is a pleasure giving my daughter gifts. She gets visibly excited, really, genuinely excited. It doesn’t even matter that much what the gift is. She’s as happy with clothes as she is with toys or crafts or books. It makes Christmas morning a real treat. This was a somewhat challenging year for me and […]

Holiday Haiku

Christmas time is here don’t want the trees to get cold so bring them inside *** Hanukah ended but there’s no need to be sad memories remain *** Nature has gone cold gray is the dominant shade unless there is snow Share This:

Ella Gives Us a Swinging Christmas

There is a correct answer to the question, “What’s the best Christmas album.”  The answer is Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald.  It is a truly great album.  Not just a great holiday album, but a great album.  It sounds as good in July as it does in December.  It’s basically perfect. […]

The Best Christmas Gift Ever

“Ho, ho, ho, it’s that time of year again,” Santa said.  It was one month until Christmas.  “Time to start matching the Nice List with the Wish List.” An elf named Whinny placed two giant books on Santa’s desk.  Santa opened the one to his left and said, “Let’s see.  Ah!  I knew it, ho, ho.  […]

Happy Hanukkah

I am more Jewish than most people, but not Jewish enough to be considered Jewish by most Jews, if that makes any sense.  In other words, I have some Jewish heritage, but I’m not, nor have I ever been, Jewish by religion.  However, I have always been in and around American Jewish culture.  Starting in […]

Christmas Decorations

One thing I love about this time of year is all the Christmas decorations.  And one of the best things about having a kid is having a good excuse to go around looking at all the decorations.  Ever since Thanksgiving, we take the long and winding way everywhere we go, just looking for more decorated […]

Christmas Soul Special

At this time, I want to bring your attention to something shameful.  The album Christmas Soul Special is rare.  Apparently we live in a world where people either don’t know about it or they don’t want to hear it.  I really hope it’s that they don’t know about it.  Ignorance isn’t a good excuse, but […]

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave Five, The End of It

Well, we’ve come to the end.  This stave is really more of a coda than anything else.  It is here to show us the results and nothing more.  Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning a changed man.  He is happy and friendly and truly sorry for the way he acted before.  He reconciles with his nephew […]

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave Four, The Last of the Spirits

Of all the staves, this is probably the easiest one to get right on film.  The spirit is nothing more than a black, hooded robe with a “spectral” hand outstretched.  There are a few conversations about the death (Scrooge doesn’t realize it is his own death, but it’s obvious to the audience).  Then a scene […]

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave Three, The Second of the Three Spirits

This marks the center of the story.  It is probably the most famous part of the story as well.  We have Scrooge travelling with the Ghost of Christmas Present.  It contains the scene in the Cratchit household where we meet Bob’s family and Tiny Tim says, “God bless us, every one!”  It also has the […]