Oh. It’s Christmas.

ImageWell, it’s not Christmas exactly. It’s Christmas Eve. Regardless, it kinda snuck up on me!

There’s a list of questions going around YouTube that vloggers answer, and it’s all about Christmas. Since I don’t make videos, but I really wanted to answer the questions, I thought I’d write a quick post about it instead! Hooray!

1. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve gotten? Hmm. That’s a tricky one. My grandmother (Brownie) gave me a huge recipe-keeper book one year. You write down recipes in it and it has little organizing tabs in it. It also has clear sheets that you can paste old recipe sheets onto to preserve them. Basically, it’s the most basic, seemingly boring gift, but it clearly had a lot of thought behind it, and it’s been really useful to me over the years. I love to cook, and I know I’ll keep it til I’m dead. Maybe they’ll bury me with it.

2. What’s the worst Christmas gift you’ve ever gotten? I don’t think bad Christmas gifts even exist. If someone bothered to give you something, and took time out of their lives to pick it out or make it for you, then…what are you complaining about, exactly?

3. Sing a line from your favorite Christmas song. Every day! Would be like a holiday! When my baby…when my baby comes hooooome!

4. What’s your favorite Christmas film? Mixed Nuts. It’s got Steve Martin, Juliette Lewis, Madeline Kahn, Adam Sandler, and Rob Reiner in it. There’s a lot of shouting, a crazy man in a Santa costume, and Liev Schreiber is a cross-dresser. So really, what’s not to love? (The answer is nothing.)

5. If you could re-name one of Santa’s reindeer, what would you name it? I think Vixen is a pretty silly name for a reindeer. It sounds like maybe, when it’s not Christmas Eve, she has a job as a stripper at some dive bar in Iceland or something. So I’d rename Vixen to…Maude. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Maude. 

6. What’s your favorite thing about Christmas? Everything. I like that everyone’s in a good mood (do that more, people). I like that we get to cook a lot. My family usually has a nice little Christmas party and it’s nice to be reminded that we have a lot of wonderful friends. And I like snow.
I think maybe my favorite thing about Christmas is the snowy nonsense that happens. We go sledding, and my dad typically biffs me in the face with a few snowballs, and I get snow down my coat and freak out. And people can never seem to figure out how to drive in the inch of snow we get before Christmas, so they get all panicky and it’s pretty hilarious. Aaaaand I like how shiny everything gets. Shiny and bright.

Anyway, that’s the end of that! Merry Christmas to all of you, even if you’re not Christian (I’m not…but I still celebrate Christmas because I believe in love and happiness). I hope you have a fabulous time with your families and friends, and hopefully you’re in a nice mood. Yay!


Ho Ho Humbug

scrooge-mcduck-christmas-carol1Merry Christmas, my little muffins! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful day with wonderful people, and I hope you’ve been feeling charitable and merciful, etc etc.

That’s what I want to talk about, actually — all the things we do in the holiday season but tend to forget about for the rest of the year. Somehow, we forget to be cheerful and nice, charitable and equitable, open-minded and open-hearted. I’m guilty of it too, sometimes, and it’s sad. No, it’s not even sad, it’s stupid. It’s plain old dumb.

I don’t understand our obsession with ourselves. I don’t understand why we look down on the poor and forget to be decent human beings all year round. If we acted this merry and charitable every day, the world would be a beautiful place.

I watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol the other night (because you can’t have Christmas without watching at least ten two versions of A Christmas Carol) and one line Scrooge McDuck said reminded me of a lot of people I know: “You work all your life to get money, and people want you to give it away.” In America especially, we think we’re entitled to a lot of things, most of all money. And while I don’t want to get into that political/moral/ethical debate right now, I do want to say that yes, we are allowed to keep the money we make. BUT. But, we should also understand that sometimes people are just less fortunate than others; we tend to think that the poor are lazy little buggers…but there are plenty of rich people like that, too. Let’s just remember that Scrooge said that, and he isn’t the most lovable character in the beginning…do you want to be a selfish jerk like that?

Just take a moment to think about what you need in life and realize that a lot of other people don’t have that. Then take out your wallet (or better yet, take a little of your time) and give. Give of yourself so others can have what you have.

So go on, go out there and keep Christmas in your heart all year long. Fling charity about with wild abandon, not just this week, but every week, and every year, until you’re so old and gray that you can barely shout Merry Christmas anymore.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…and Merry Year-Round Christmas. I love you all.