Time to move on

The Christmas tree, the stockings — including the “Meow” one for Sasha that everyone likes so much — and the candles that come on by themselves when the light is low, meaning I don’t have to turn them on and off every night … they’re all put away now.

Suzi did most of the work on the tree, although I untwisted the lights from the branches, the beads and each other. Although they didn’t all go out when one went out, enough strings malfunctioned that we had to fill in the gaps with unused lights.

We’ve since acquired colored lights to replace the jury-rigged white ones, along with garland, so the tree will look different this year.

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The week gone by — Nov. 29

It will probably be annoying by the 50th time I hear it, but it was nice to have the season’s first playing of Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” the other day.

Even though I gave an amnesty for anyone who wanted to get their Christmas on early this year — because … 2020 — we stuck to our standard of waiting until after Thanksgiving.

However, the Christmas music went on not long after Thanksgiving dinner.

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Christmas? In August?

Sure, it’s only mid-August, but why not get yourself a pumpkin spice latte?

And grab some Halloween candy while you’re at it.

Hey … go big! Hallmark’s Christmas movies don’t start until October, but you can listen to songs of the season right now.

And there’s a decent chance one of the HBO channels is showing “Love Actually” right now.

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Festive Falmouth at Christmas

Falmouth, Massachusetts, is not the easiest place in the world to get to.

It’s neither especially close to the main highway on Cape Cod nor either of the bridges that run across the Cape Cod Canal, so there’s no convenient route from on or off the Cape.

But it’s a really nice town once you get there.

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Getting dumb at the holiday party

I had just arrived from another unit a few months before, so Suzi and I were sitting at a table with some of the very few people I knew during the company holiday party when he walked in.

He was tall, well-built and handsome, with the type of charisma that can only result from being given the allocation from four or five other people … which would explain how some people (raises hand) seem not to have any at all.

Honestly, he was the type of guy you’d hate if he wasn’t also really nice, with a great sense of humor.

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Two months to go

When we go to Williamstown for Christmas Eve, we drive through the Berkshires.

Since Williamstown is in a valley, there’s a final descent down a mountain to get there, including a switchback that’s always a little nerve-wracking, even though you know it’s coming.

The arrival of November feels like the start of going down that mountain.

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Lead me not into pumpkin temptation

It’s that time of year again.

Actually, it’s not “that time” until Thanksgiving, but I’m used to the early arrival of egg nog in the store to the point where I can note it and swat it aside for now.

I just remind myself to be patient until we make the actual turn toward Christmas, at which point I will start guzzling it like there’s no tomorrow.

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Ten words on a billboard outside a mall

I have seen our culture, and it is this:

”Reserve your fast pass and skip the line for Santa.”

I’m sure what the world needed was E-ZPass or TSA Precheck for families who don’t want to hear their kids screaming while waiting in line to tell Santa they’ve been good all year.

Then again, I don’t have kids. Maybe it really is what the world needed.

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My annual scream into the holiday void

It starts small … seeing Thanksgiving cards next to the Halloween ones in the drugstore.

Or maybe it’s a report from your spouse that there’s egg nog in the grocery store.

But it has arrived.

Holiday Creep.

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