by Seleste deLaney
I was sitting here, trying to get in the holiday spirit so I could write this post because I had nothing for a topic. Tunes were playing, tree was lit, hot cocoa in hand…still nothing. Then it hit me, I was living my holiday post.
You see, I love the holidays, but not entirely in the same way as other people. Sure, I love the lights and the tunes. But truth is an author friend of mine mentioned a black Christmas tree a while back, and I covet one. I went so far as to consider painting one, but I didn’t want the mess. I found a small one at Target though, and if I can’t get a full size, I will be buying it. Why? Because it’s just so very me. And music? I collect holiday music, but most of my favorites are less about nostalgia and more about energy. I just finished listening to “All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan” and I’ve moved on to “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy”. Hoping “Let’s Be Naughty (and Save Santa the Trip)” is next.
Then there are all the holiday movies. I’m still a sucker for the classic Claymation cartoons. We’ll do a viewing of Rudolph, Frosty, etc, and I hope snow will be falling outside our window at the time. But the movie I look forward to every holiday season? Die Hard. A tale of lost love, redemption, and lots of explosions. What? You expected It’s a Wonderful Life? My second favorite holiday movie, though one I haven’t watched in ages, is Trading Places. Every time I think about Akroyd eating the fish through his Santa beard I have a good chuckle. And there’s always room for a little Bad Santa, just because Billy Bob Thornton is awesome.
Sure. I bake cookies and make chocolates and send cards. Though this year, some of my cards feature vampires, and I’m still debating using the big naked woman chocolate mold and sending it to a random guy friend. We do a lot of the traditional stuff, just in our own warped way.
Come on, when you have a kid who tries to take out the priest on Christmas Eve with his Power Ranger stealth ninja skills, do you really expect things to be normal?
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