There are 4 blog entries for December 2013.
Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 at 9:50pm. 1,371 Views, 0 Comments.
Christmas Message for The Blog
There are as many kinds of Christmas observances as there are people who celebrate it – the turn of the old year to the the new one, observance of the winter solstice, a celebration of the birth of Jesus, a chance for families and friends to reconnect in person or with Christmas cards, for retail sales to have a final fling as far as profits are concerned, to celebrate the comforts of home, to share a lavish meal, to sing in Handel’s Messiah, dance in The Nutcracker, follow the progression of the Posada, be generous to the kinfolk – or those you don’t know at all.
The customs that we observe all came from different places, some of them accretions which have little or nothing to do with the miraculous birth of a baby in…
Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at 9:45am. 1,218 Views, 0 Comments.
Tis the Season
by Celia Hayes
I'm afraid that I have let a lot of traditional Christmas practices go, over the years. Like Christmas cards; just one of those things I got out of the habit of doing. And Christmas Eve Midnight Mass ... that's gone bye-bye as well, just like staying up until midnight to watch the New Year arrive. Decorating the Christmas tree itself is kind of hit or miss as well – what with the way that the cats have of treating it like one big feline amusement park, which is rough on the ornaments.
But there are some new rituals – and that is watching certain new classic Christmas-themed movies every year; this year we started with Christmas Vacation – yes, the Griswald family attempting to have a picture-perfect Christmas day,…
Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 1:59pm. 4,163 Views, 0 Comments.
Christmas Time in Boerne – Dickens on Main
by Celia Hayes
I love those celebratory events fielded by small to medium-sized towns and suburbs in Texas; when everyone pulls together for that once-a-year holiday extravaganza; New Braunfels for the Weihnachtsmarkt, Christmas on the Square in Goliad, and going the full Griswold with Christmas lights in Windcrest, and now Dickens on Main in Beautiful and Historic Downtown Boerne. For the first two Friday and Saturday evenings in Boerne, they block off several blocks of Main Street in downtown, decorate all the storefronts with extravagant lights and ornaments, set up a stage for a performance of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and costumed carolers. We took it into our heads to check it out.
And oh, what…
Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at 8:37pm. 5,420 Views, 0 Comments.
Once More, Decking the Halls with Feeling
by Celia Hayes
With one thing and another, my daughter and I haven't really felt all Christmassy the last couple of years. Well, we went though the motions, but without much enthusiasm; the wholly sudden and unexpected death of my father the day after Christmas 2010 put a pall over the holiday generally, and being close to broke as a joke usually didn't help. One year we had all the Christmas presents boxed and ready to go - but couldn't afford to mail them until the following year. But this year, we're doing OK – and felt like we should uphold the honor of our street in Spring Creek Forest by putting out the strings of icicle lights on the house and a bit of the expected seasonal jazz. No, we didn't do the…