Christmas Bells

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how,
as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!’


"There's no Christmas in the Army"

my dear sweet husband has braved the stores to purchase White Christmas for me, since we don't have a tv. he even promises to sip cider and watch it with me, and pretend that he likes it. isn't he the sweetest? he's currently on the prowl for It's a Wonderful Life. if he comes up with that before Christmas Eve, he might get something good for Christmas.

"When what's left of you gets around to what's left to be gotten, what's left to be gotten won't be worth getting, whatever it is you've got left. "


brief sentimentality

Christmas Meme

Hot Chocolate or apple cider?

Oh cider I suppose. Although the beauty of cider was mauled by the horrid steam wand screeching I can still hear in my head

Turkey or Ham?

Conor requested ham. But I don't want my baby eating all those nitrates and junk. So we're going with a prime rib or something of the sort. And for those of you who think I'm still a vegetarian, perhaps I'll blog about that journey soon

Do you get a Fake or Real you cut it yourself Christmas tree?

I've never had the real, and I want it. This year it's a free faker.

Decorations on the outside of your house?

If perhaps I lived in a nice brick colonial, I would put up Burgundy velvet bows, candles in the window, and boughs of evergreen. As it is, I live in military housing, and I'm less than inspired.

Snowball fights or sledding?

Sledding. Only down though. No hill climbing.

Do you enjoy going downtown shopping?

If I have a pocket full of cash and a warm coat.

Favorite Christmas song?

This year? Totally the chipmunk song.

How do you feel about Christmas movies?

I'm a complete sucker for It's a Wonderful Life. (der...See my blog title) I ADORE the old claymation Rudolph. With burl ives as the narrator/snowman. I've really missed them this year, sans TV.

When is it too early to start listening to Christmas music?

Too early?

Stockings before or after presents?

Before. When I was growing up, we had these knit stockings with snoopy on them. It was such a mess of yarn inside, you had to coax every item out gingerly. uravelling it as you went. It was part of the charm.

Carolers, do you or do you not watch and listen to them?

I think its sweet. I haven't had carolers in years. Do people still do that? I want the full dicken's era costumed troupe.

Go to someone else's house or they come to you?

I'm to the point that I want Christmas in my own home now.

Do you read the Christmas Story? If so when?

Its been awhile. Perhaps we'll make that part of the tradition as well. Violet would rather pull pages from the bible and eat them right now. She says Leviticus taste the best.

What do you do after presents and dinner?

Play board games, so the happiness and goodwill can degrade into cut-throat competition.

What is your favorite holiday smell?

Mulling spices

Ice skating or walking around the mall?

Yhe mall? Who equates ice skating with mall walking?

Do you open a present or presents on Christmas Eve, or wait until Christmas day?

Our little family has decided to open our ornaments on Christmas eve (we give each other an ornament every year) and presents on Christmas morning.

Favorite Christmas memory?

Being in cahoots with my brother to wake up at dawn. And leaving cookies and milk for mom and dad, since we never did the whole Santa thing.

Favorite Part about winter?

Pink cheeks and stocking caps. Kissing in the snow.

Ever been kissed under mistletoe?

Not so far as I can recall.

tagging....Everyone. Seriously. Do this. I'll track you down and make you wish you had. Merry Christmas!


i'm gonna wrap myself in paper
i'm gonna dot myself with glue
stick some stamps on the top of my head
i'm gonna mail myself to you


R.I.P. Rangie

the scene looked very like this....



that i was here FIRST.


my amazing babe

we are all continually amazed by our beautiful children. i am no different. violet amazes me daily. especially when she sucks down cod liver oil like it's liquid gold. everyday. like a champ.


christmas party

conor and i attended his work christmas party on friday evening. it was semi-formal. i had to buy an outfit, but felt vindicated by the fact that i wore pants. the mere fact that i had to spend money to attend put me off a bit, and it was maybe the second time we left violet in the care of someone else. but when conor won a $50 gift certificate to The Melting Pot by singing The Chipmunk Song (click link "The Chipmunk Song") i was jumping up and down like a soccer mom. especially when he hit the "huuuuuuula hoooooop" perfectly on pitch (the chipmunk's pitch). it was a good thing i castrated him before we left.

conor receives his award


violet's lesson in relaxation

just lay down, let your belly hang out, and gaze at the tree.



tandem's not just for bikes

my original plan was to nurse violet for at least 2 years. it's the MINIMUM recommendation by UNICEF and the WHO. so i suppose its the least i can do, right? i don't want to wean violet, although she's such a fan of food it probably wouldn't be that difficult. i'm assuming that baby II won't be a constant nurser like v was, but that's probably a dangerous assumption. so that's what i'm pondering these days.


2 cans and string

i'll give you one guess...

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