Gifts.

Dec. 25th, 2006 06:39 pm
alpharaposa: (christmas)
We opened up all the gifts we'd received today. Not only did [livejournal.com profile] prester_scott send us chocolate oranges, he sent us Florida chocolate oranges. I look forward to discovering the difference between this and the ordinary chocolate oranges that appear in the local stores. ;)

loot )

Really, the lists of neat stuff are secondary. Part of the fun was just getting some time to snuggle together on the couch. We started the day with a fire in the fireplace, hot cocoa and cereal (not exactly traditional Christmas breakfast, but hey). Once we tore through the gift wrappings, we cleaned up the paper and watched The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Not bad. I missed some of the things from the book that they had to skip over while cramming in the plot, but that's a very small complaint for a two hour plus movie.

It was good to watch a movie, with the Christmas tree lights on and a fire. Just us and the kitties, which is a little lonely, but not so bad. I'm feeling much better than I did on Saturday, and even better than yesterday. The gifts of the day are not just the books and DvDs, but also the time to sit by a fire and snuggle kitties. And beyond that, of course, the big gift. God gave us Himself on Christmas. We want Him, and ask for Him constantly. That's a thought that has been burbling on the back burner for a while, now. Every time I see another movie or show where Santa Claus is really real in spite of the doubters, I think about that need.

A whole day of Mythbusters on TV hasn't hurt my mood, either. Science! Blowing things up!
alpharaposa: (god)
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (warning: link has embedded music)

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

The shepherds heard the story proclaimed by angels bright,
How Christ, the Lord of glory was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped and in the manger found Him,
As angel heralds said.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;
True Man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us,
And lightens every load.

O Savior, Child of Mary, Who felt our human woe,
O Savior, King of glory, Who dost our weakness know;
Bring us at length we pray, to the bright courts of Heaven,
And to the endless day!


In the depths of depression, the usually cheerful songs in the shopping malls gain only a ghost of a smile; but the old hymns that tell of hope and the promise of life in winter can keep the demons at bay.
alpharaposa: (christmas)
You Are a Tree

You love every part of the holidays, down to the candy canes and stockings. And you're goofy enough to put a Christmas tree ornament on your tree!
alpharaposa: (christmas)
We put up the tree yesterday, and it has a pile of amazon.com gifts under it (and one wrapped in red, too). We definitely have mice in the attic, but the only thing they managed to get into and ruin was a string of lights that we didn't need.

Tree is getting old. It's a pain to assemble. Still, with the lights on it and some ornaments, it's a happy sight. It's been at least three years since we last put up a tree- we've been going other places, and the last time we stayed home I think we were too busy and humbugged to get it done.

While getting out ornaments, I found a couple of Christmas gifts from 2001 or 2002 stashed with them. I guess we took it all home together from visiting relatives and didn't unpack thoroughly enough. Better late than never!

When [livejournal.com profile] siege and I were kids, our parents bought two ornaments every year. One for me, one for him. So, when we were decorating, it was full of me saying, "I remember this one!" The birdcage needs regluing, but everything else is as good as ever. It's a good tradition. It makes this Christmas feel connected to the ones when I was just a little kid, trying to find room for the McDonalds "A Christmas Carol" ornament and getting told to put it up high where the kitties won't knock it off. (It's glass- from the time when McDonalds had a bit more class.) [livejournal.com profile] anher says he has ornaments, but he thinks they might still be with his mom.

We need to get a few ornament hangars. The angel Fuji needs one, as does another hand-painted ornament we have. We also need to track down a set of bluejays that never got put up in the attic with the other Christmas tree ornaments. Bluejays always remind me of home, even if I'm home already.

I don't think it'll snow for Christmas here.
alpharaposa: (christmas)
Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Sunday I gave [livejournal.com profile] that_guy_zach a Dutch Oven (-10 points). Last Saturday I ruled Canada as a kind and benevolent dictator (700 points). In September I bought porn for [livejournal.com profile] ariston (10 points). In October I put gum in [livejournal.com profile] mahf's hair (-12 points). In April I ate my brussel sprouts (1 points).

Overall, I've been nice (689 points). For Christmas I deserve a shiny red ball!

Sincerely,
stryck

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Though I can't figure out why giving [livejournal.com profile] that_guy_zach a dutch oven would be a naughty act. Unless it's because it encourages him to make fires for cooking.

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