Posts tagged #holidays

Gearing Up To The Holidays

November 13th and counting...next big milestone: Thanksgiving…and then? What happens at the Jesse’s the day after Thanksgiving tends to be known as the Epic Christmas Transformation Day.

I do love the “Holidays”. It is a time to be festive and to throw convention out the window. I have never been one to stress over the Holidays, I take them in stride and try to enjoy the good and the not so good. But mostly my memories are of good.

Our tradition is to head out the door and go to the Christmas tree lot (usually before 9AM) and find a beautiful tree… then we name the tree and bring it home. By 11:00AM, I am in full swing putting lights on the tree…usually over 1K. Then, promptly at noon my husband makes me a perfect Ketle One martini and we sit for a minute in the midst of our winter wonderland and eat turkey sandwiches on white bread with mayonnaise. Now restored, I continue my quest to finish decorating the house by nightfall. Then I have 27 days to enjoy the spirit of Christmas and share it with whoever walks in our home.

BESb Kitchen tree with all food ornaments, here is a homemade Chef Tony ornament.

Kitchen tree with all food ornaments, here is a homemade Chef Tony ornament.

Dining room tree: a vintage 1960’s shocking pink   display tree from Neiman Marcus

Dining room tree: a vintage 1960’s shocking pink display tree from Neiman Marcus

A gold tree in the living room

A gold tree in the living room

The view from my front door: Sue & Jimmy's magnificent giant tree decked-out for the Holidays

The view from my front door: Sue & Jimmy's magnificent giant tree decked-out for the Holidays

Halloween

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I am fascinated by people’s fascination for wanting to become scared and as I grow older I now find it somewhat disturbing.

 I have always been sort of a “fraidy cat” and I now know why. When I was little strange tactics were used to make kids go to sleep. I was often told that the “boogie man” or the “grampus” or “la llorona” would come and get me if I didn’t go to sleep. Yeah, like that’s’ going to work. I hope people know better now than to pull this on children. I don’t think anyone then thought of the very real lingering consequences their actions would bring.

I have watched horror films that made me unable to open a closet door for months without turning the light on first. When I have been to a haunted house I still now have the lingering scent of a rancid, sour smell…yek. I find it disturbing to watch people hurt or damaged by horrible creations from someones sick imagination.

However I do like the children’s version of Halloween. And by children, I do mean children. My favorite part of Halloween was watching all the kindergartener’s in my daughter’s elementary school put on their annual Halloween parade. Soooo….cute. I do enjoy giving out candy and I like it more if the people at the door are under 48”. My daughter LOVES Halloween…go figure. I guess she loves it because she feels safe and all the gore is kept at bay by parents that will protect her.

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The strangest thing about Halloween is seeing it pop-up American-style all over the world. Traveling back from Paris one time, my husband and I were at Charles de Gaulle airport and pulling up to the curb I thought the champagne from last night was giving me visions…the porters, bag checkers, looked like zombies. The ticketing agents were witches and ghouls…OK I get it, Halloween. I couldn’t help but laugh later… on how the world adopts the strangest customs.

Regardless…I do wish everyone a VERY happy and safe All Hallows’ Eve.

Hugs
Jessica

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Posted on October 29, 2013 .