2011; Ready For The Best To Come

Happy New Years! I hope y’all didn’t overindulge last night. I’m lucky; I don’t drink and my wife doesn’t drink, so we wake up as we normally do and get on with life. We also don’t drink coffee, so we don’t need pick-me-ups either.

But it’s New Years Day and it’s also Saturday; I bet some stores are really conflicted this year. No matter; we move forward.

However, since it is both a Saturday and New Years Day, I assume no one wants to do a ton of reading. I might be one of those folks who doesn’t mind, but I’m going to be putting us all through a lot of stuff, and yesterday’s post was, well, longer than I thought it was going to be when I started it. So, instead of all that, let’s go with videos of cute things. After all, the symbol of the New Year, at least in the U.S., is a baby.

Man, I love laughing babies. There’s almost nothing that will make you feel better than hearing a baby laugh for the first time, and when they get the hang of it they’re the best audience ever. So, here’s five videos of laughing babies to enjoy; I hope you don’t have a hangover and can enjoy them. If not, come back later. 🙂

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Sunday Question – How Was Your Christmas?

It’s the day after Christmas, and since Monday is a work day, today is probably going to be a travel day for a lot of people. I’m actually going to be on the road myself, although my trip is relatively short, so when this posts I’ll either be on the road or getting ready to leave my mother’s house.

So, I’m keeping this one simple. How was your Christmas? Did you get something nice? Did you enjoy your family? Did you take part in a religious ceremony that touched you in some fashion? Was it a nice holiday for you?

Yes, a very short post, but I hope it’s a post that people will participate with in some way. And when I get home, I’ll have to tell you how my Christmas was, although I think it’s going to be nice. There’s only 4 of us, and other than giving our few gifts it’ll be quick, we’ll eat, maybe watch a DVD of some sort, and move on from there.

In any case I hope everyone had a great holiday; back to “real” posts tomorrow. 😉

African Prase Jasper Earrings

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Merry Christmas – With The Muppets!

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate Christmas, and happy holidays to the rest of you. Although Christmas isn’t overall my favorite holiday, one can’t dispute that some of the best specials on TV are due to Christmas.

One of my favorites ever was John Denver and the Muppets – A Christmas Together. Strange thing is, it’s never come out on video in any fashion, for whatever reason. I have the album, which I’ve always loved, but of course now I don’t have a record player so I don’t get to play it anymore.

Anyway, part of that is solved here. Here are videos from that special that others have uploaded; great stuff! I hope you enjoy them.

 

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Sunday Question – How Are You Handling The Holidays?

December might as well be nicknamed “holiday month” because most religions have something going on during this time. Not to just single out Christmas, but we have Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Al Hijra, Ashura, Boxing Day, Gita Jayanti, and Día de los Muertos. I’m sure there are others, but we’ll go with these for now.

Holidays bring both joy and stress. Truthfully, most of the time the Christmas season stresses me out because, as an independent businessman, I know that my normal businesses are going to dry up during this time, and the slow down of course takes money out of my pocket.

The lucky thing for my wife and I is that we don’t buy many Christmas presents. We don’t often buy anything for each other; instead, we’ll usually plan something special for after the holidays. A couple of years ago we went for an overnight in a hotel with a Jacuzzi in the room and watched comedy DVD’s; that was really nice. There are a few people we get something for, but we don’t spend a lot of money.

How do most of you feel about the holidays in general? How are you handling the crowds, the over-commercialization of it all? Is your religion primary during this time of year or are you just enjoying the general holiday feel? I hope this is an easy question for you, but of course one never knows.

3 Glass Blown Hanukkah Chanukah Menorah, Dreidel & Star of David Ornaments

3 Glass Blown Hanukkah Chanukah Menorah, Dreidel & Star of David Ornaments






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Sunday Question – What’s Your Favorite Holiday?

We’re getting into what’s known as the holiday season, at least in the U.S. This weekend, as a matter of fact, is Columbus Day weekend, and banks are closed, as well as no mail delivery, on Monday. Yeah, we still give Columbus credit for discovering a country that was already thriving; so be it.

When I was a kid, I loved all holidays; I think most kids do. As I got older, I stopped liking every holiday except Thanksgiving. That was when Mom pulled out the stops when it pertained to food. She’d make the large turkey with homemade cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, peas (okay, I didn’t like this part, but it was part of the bargain) and of course the hot rolls. Then later on we’d have our choice of either homemade sweet potato pie or strawberry cake; yeah, I hate strawberries, but there was something about Mom’s number one homemade dessert that overruled it all.

Since Dad passed Mom has stopped cooking, and thus the day isn’t any different than any other time I visit her. So, it’s now swinging around to Christmas, where I love seeing the faces of people when they get gifts from me, and I’m starting to enjoy once more receiving gifts from others; I hadn’t enjoyed that since I was 13, and I’m not sure why. Christmas was also my dad’s favorite holiday; I don’t think Mom ever had a favorite holiday, and that puts her with my wife.

So there’s the question; what’s your favorite holiday, no matter where you live?

Happy Holidays Tie by Peanuts Gang -  Green Polyester - neckties.com

Happy Holidays Tie by Peanuts Gang – Green Polyester







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