Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Christmas Isn't Over Yet
Christmas is coming, and for me that means long stretches of watching The Sopranos and eating small bits of treats that the neighbors bring over. If you eat HALF a cookie, you are not eating the entire cookie and even if you eat four or five HALF cookies, you have not gorged yourself on cookies because you're only eating bits and pieces which as anybody knows, does not have as many calories, much like food you eat in a picnic setting does not have any calories at all. Apply this to drinking as well -- I often prefer to split drinks with people as to not be drinking an entire mind-altering, calorie-laden concotion. This is my Christmas survival guide. The other part involves purchasing some really fantastic novel or memoir that you've wanted to read, preferably something depressing so that you are wrapped up in a far more horrible world than the one you frequent. One of my favorite Christmas memories is reading Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker, a novel about female genital mutilation. I have to admit that Walker's later novels have lost me a little bit, but the early ones are tremendous. I would not, however, recommend the accompanying video for anyone but the most stout of heart.
With a week until the holiday, I find myself thinking about shopping (which, of course, is easier than doing it) and hoping for the Christmas spirit to find me. When I was in the seventh grade, one of my friends said she'd lost all the fun of Christmas, didn't even want to think about the holiday. I knew her family was very poor even by my standards which were not high. Stoic that she was, she didn't mention that her mother's cancer had returned. There's a great Dolly Parton song, "Hard Candy Christmas" which I love that sums up her situation. So there's another thing for Christmas -- Dolly Parton music, which I adore, sad and broken and pure that it is. Settle back with your half-cookies and half-drinks and watch Tony Soprano go through his days in New Jersey. Good things are bound to happen. As Tony says when he hears an enemy has had a heart attack, Merry Christmas -- drinks for everyone! It's not the Christmas spirit, but it'll work in a pinch.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I try to teach my heart not to want things it can't have. " Alice Walker
Drinking music suggestion: The Bargain Store Dolly Parton
Benedictions and Maledictions