I’m the first to admit that I’m a complete grump when it comes to the holidays. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are definitely not my favorite time of year. I don’t like the cold. I don’t like commercialism. I don’t like what the gift exchange has turned into. and I don’t like the stress of the masses (families pulling everyone back and forth and getting frustrated with each other).
In the words of Tim Allen of Home Improvement: “Christmas isn’t about being with people you like! It’s about being with family.” Hahahaha.
When I was a kid, I love Christmas! I loved the tradition of going to my aunt’s house on Christmas Eve for dinner, then going home and being SO excited to go to bed and open presents in the morning. Many times we went to the cinema or for Chinese food at Christmas (the only ones open). Otherwise we stayed in our pajamas all day, playing with our new toys.
Everything has changed so much! (Even for today’s kids.) Well, I’m grumpy. However, instead of doing a full tear down of a post, I thought I’d enlist Jerry’s ideas for three things he LOVES about Christmas. Jerry was always funny at Christmas. He really doesn’t like the downward spiral over the years, but he continues with the nostalgic feelings he feels at Christmas time.
Well, here are three of Jerry’s favorite things about Christmas:
1. Christmas movies and music.
Even though I’m grumpy, the weeks from Thanksgiving to Christmas are all Jerry’s–I always promise not to complain about Christmas music or movies or that the Christmas tree takes up a large corner of the living room. I make a special breakfast on Christmas Day. I basically follow Jerry’s lead when it comes to things like this because I want the month to be special for him since he loves it so much.
Jerry’s very favorite Christmas movie is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. I think it’s so random! I watched it with him a few years ago and I don’t see the appeal — my favorite Christmas movie is “Bad Santa” with the hilarious Billy Bob Thornton or “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” When I’m looking for something warm, I go for “Christmas Shoes”. Jerry watches, in addition to “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the ones I mentioned, “Home Alone,” “A Christmas Story,” Christmas specials like Charlie Brown and Rudolph, and pretty much any Christmas movie he comes across on TV.
|Jerry and his sister, Laura. Remember when taking pictures at Sears was a thing?
Jerry loves Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, we really have nothing but our tree! Without a basement or attic, buying a ton of decorations would take up a lot of space in the garage for 11 months of the year. However, he likes to drive around and look at the Christmas lights and decorations people have outside, so I’ll do that with him.
Speaking of decorations… just for fun, here’s a short video of Duck climbing down from the Christmas tree. HAHAHA. (This was after it had already gone up, knocking down the decorations and even the star at the top.) [Normally, I am NOT a vertical video person, but it worked better for this moment.]
I asked Jerry what Christmas was like for him as a kid and this is what he said:
“We had big family Christmas parties that were a bit like family reunions — everyone was there and all the kids got presents. I always hope for a white Christmas, because I remember having heavy snow then. I was always so excited about getting new toys in the morning of Christmas–I remember going through the Sears or JC Penny catalog and circling the things I hoped Santa would bring me.I still remember the feel of those pages and the catalog was probably thicker than the Bible.
I can remember celebrating at school with class parties and secret Santas. And Santa’s Secret Shop! At school, they had set up a little shop where you could bring in money and buy gifts for people on your list. It was all rubbish, but it was exciting as a kid. I can also remember making cut out sugar cookies and loading them with frosting. The cookie shapes never looked like they should and somehow always ended up looking phallic. The good old days.”
I have to agree with Jerry about the nostalgia. I also enjoyed reading catalogs and circling the things I wanted. I wish catalogs were still a thing (the old-school ones). I think Christmas is more exciting when you’re a kid. you don’t have to do any of the work or deal with the stress and you reap all the rewards! Parents were the ones who put parties on the calendar and told us what to wear. They dealt with relatives and tried to please everyone, or at least compromise. They cooked the food and did the shopping in chaotic stores that were full of people and then came home and wrapped the presents.
Once you’re an adult, Christmas is totally different haha ;) But I’m glad Jerry still has the Christmas spirit. He was positively giddy listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies. It’s kind of cute to watch his excitement!
I’ll leave you with this picture to laugh at. Go ahead and have fun! 😉 I don’t know what my mom was thinking with those clothes or my hair.