When I was a kid on a mine in South Africa, the day after Christmas was truly Boxing Day. The excitement of presents subsided and we got to play with the new toys at leisure. There was no TV so we truly sat quietly and read the new books Santa had brought. The servants were off for the day and our parents, every reluctant to cook, simply spread the left-overs from which we picked as fancy and appetite dictated. The sun shone ever-bright and we dipped yet again into the mine swimming pool and got ever more burnt to produce today’s sun-scorched skin and cancers. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘christmas’
Just a picture or two of a family & friend Christmas, It is a time when you enjoy friends & family in spite of what they are rather than because of what they are. When you recollect in celebration, in spite of all the mistakes, and laugh with equanimity at the disasters of the past year. The winter solstice is past and the days grow longer as light returns and as Christian, Jew, Atheist, Agnostic, or Spiritualist, we gather together around a food-laden table. As family and new and old-old friends. (more…)
Another bike ride and more pictures from today of Huntington Beach.
We rode along the beach and to the pier and here are a few of the pictures that I took. Enjoy and enjoy Christmas.
I collect Disney villians. On the collection shelf are plastic characters including that nasty lion uncle from the Lion King, the fat lady from the Mermaid, the cruel one who stole the puppies, and many more. Now there is another, a thin fellow from The Princess and the Frog. He is into vodoo in New Orleans, and seeks to get his hands on the fortune of the richest man in town by a devious plot that includes the marriage of a servant of the Prince to the ditsy, rapcious daughter of the rich man. Blood-filled vials and black-magic abound until, in a scene lifted straight from Don Giovanni, the villian is dragged into the jaws of hell by a troop of scary creatures. (more…)
The curmudgeon in me says thank goodness Christmas has come and gone. Now we can return to a sort of normal as we wait out the New Year. I am in Orange County with the kids and have just returned from a nine-mile bike ride along the beach. The sun was setting over the five oil rigs that light up the sea like Christmas trees in the turbulent waters. A few dogs ran in the breaking waves. A faint breeze stirred the palm trees. Perfect winter southern California. (more…)
The snow continues unabated. All the kids are in town—except for one spouse who choose to come up late and is now faced with a long drive along snowy roads. It truly is a white Christmas, and so I say HAPPY CHRISTMAS, HOLIDAY SEASON, Celebration, or just family-gathering time according to your instincts, beliefs, and convictions.