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YOU'D BETTER NOT CRY, I'M TELLING YOU WHY
I'm pouting right now. Sulking, nearly. It's not attractive, I can tell you, yet my sad little pouty heart doesn't care because it is feeling VERY put out.

This morning was a leisurely one, what with the waking up early but going back to sleep. Dreams shivered past, helping to erase the disappointing memories of a work Christmas party gone terribly wrong and boring. Got up at a decent hour, had breakfast and then we set out for Dalby and the tree nursery where we met up with friends and traipsed about in the woods, hunting for the perfect Christmas tree. Alas, the camera was forgotten so I have no photos of the perfectly picture-postcard evergreens decked with snow.

We walked to the top of the hill, talking and laughing while the kids packed snowballs and dodged and weaved around us. Once in awhile, we strode in from the road along the narrow, squelchy paths, looking for promising pines. Up to the top we went and back again, until Anders, who seems to have an affinity for finding really good trees, called me from the other side to come and look at his latest proposal. I walked around it and hemmed and hawed and mentally measured it against his height and finally agreed, yes, this was the one. So I held the trunk while he sawed and moments later, we had hefted it up and were carting it back down the muddy gravel road. Martin and Karin had already gone ahead with their little tree that we'd found earlier and were waiting by the car.

We had the trees bagged in silvery net and ate some gingersnaps, while Anders enjoyed a cup of glögg with almonds and raisins. By then our friends were deep in the woods still looking for their perfect tree so we called goodbye to them and headed home. At the bottom of the hill in Södra Sandby, we swung in and stopped at the grocery store to buy some items for holiday baking: yeast and saffron, chopped almonds, butter and eggs. Somehow the basket filled up with other stuff and we had 2 big bags full of groceries by the time we walked out again.

I fixed lunch for the kids and myself while Anders was trimming the lower branches off the trees and getting them set up in their holders. They still had blobs of swiftly melting ice on their branches when we cut the net away, so we all circled and peered and pulled them off. After lunch, I made 2 batches of sugar cookie dough and a batch of peanut butter cookie dough and put them all in the fridge to chill. Then I made a batch of rice krispie holly bars and found a batch of chocolate & butterscotch chip cookie dough in the freezer when I went to pull out the frozen pumpkin purée for the pumpkin chocolate chip bars, so I threw that in to defrost as well.

When the tree was dry, Anders strung the lights and put the star on the top. I love the star tree topper. It's a sort of stained glass piece and it actually has lights inside but we never light it up because it's an American plug and we have to use a transformer with it. But I think it's actually prettier when it's NOT lit, so that's okay. Martin and I unpacked tree ornaments and laid them out on the dining room table; then he continued unwrapping while I started hanging the larger ornaments and the big glass balls deep in the tree.

Anders made a lovely dinner on my request for his famous shrimp curry, mushroom & paprika grätang, and afterwards I continued hanging ornaments on the tree. What a lovely Christmassy day this had turned into, what with the tree and the decorating and the start of Christmas baking! After dinner, I baked the peanut butter cookies; Martin helping with the flattening and adding of the chocolate chunks, and the chocolate & butterscotch chip cookies.

Then we started myskväll where I eagerly asked if we could watch one of the Christmas movies: Rudolf or The Grinch or maybe Santa Claus is Coming to Town? But Karin wanted to finish watching one of the documentary segments from the LOTR extras and then while I was in the bathroom, the kids decided to watch Ratatouille instead because, and I quote, "those Christmas movies seem to be pretty childish anyway, Mama."

Childish? CHILDISH? Talking reindeer are childish, but talking RATS are not?? I could feel my lip quivering and a huge pout coming on. It's 2 WEEKS to Christmas and we've only watched A Christmas Story which none of my family appreciates AT ALL. How could anyone consider The Grinch childish???

I'll show you childish! So, now I'm pouting and sad but nobody is noticing because they're all watching Ratatouille. *sigh*

I think I'll go have a cookie.
 disappointed
mood: disappointed
music: talking rats


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(Anonymous)

Oh that just sucks. But let me tell you, from the other side of the pond, reading all that I wondered how on earth you could be sad - trust me, that sounded like a wonderful day. And I would watch A Christmas Story with you any day.

-Heather

It WAS a good day, really. I'm just being silly (although the pouting was quite real for a short period). :D

I get sad too because Robert won't watch any of my Christmas movies with me. He hated A Christmas Story. :( I'm hopeful that Sean will understand and appreciate the magic of the Christmas movies. hehe Here's hoping anyway.

My kids actually sat all the way through A Christmas Story (much to my surprise), but they didn't like it, didn't get it, and won't watch it again, I bet.

Here, let me send you some puppy licks!

That sounds like a magical, perfect pre-Christmas day. My own Mr Grinch will allow no mention of the words "Christmas Tree" in this house until December 23rd! So be slightly grateful for small mercies...

I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't seen any of the Christmas movies you mention. I haven't even seen Miracle on 34th Street that everyone raves about. I vaguely remember seeing about half of a Griswald Christmas and I saw a bit of the first Home Alone movie, but that's it. My Christmas movie education is sadly lacking, so I would have joined you out of curiousity.

Childish? Hey, I'll be in!

Actually, I never liked Miracle on 34th Street, and I've never seen National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation either. And Home Alone is violent and stupid and hardly my idea of a Christmas movie. But Rudolf and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and The Year Without a Santa Claus are CLASSICS. As is A Christmas Story, even though it's completely wasted on kids of my children's generation. It's a Wonderful Life is another one I miss, just because it is so ubiquitious during the holidays.

(Anonymous)

Oh - I can almost feel like I'm there, the memories of last Christmas are quite potent when reading your words. But, the lack of Christmas movies, Oh Dear! Although I haven't watched any either, maybe the answer is to talk about the meaning in those movies, how the stories take us back to childhood wonderment.
I wish you many other evenings where your family understands your needs too! Love, Lizardmom

Can't you come to OUR house on Christmas Eve instead of Sarah's?? She got you for Thanksgiving! *double pout*

(Anonymous)

Because I am NOT adopted. >: ) It is awesome though to have Santa delivering Mom!

But I agree with your kids on the Christmas Story. Tom loves it and I never "got" it either. However the lack of the others is pure sacrilege!! There must be the classics! We began our Christmas movies last night with "The Polar Express" and tonight the classics of Little Drummer Boy and Santa Claus is Coming to Town or/ and Rudolf are on the agenda.

Wishing you many hours of happy watching.
Seester

We've never seen Polar Express. I keep thinking we need it get it...is it really that good?

(Anonymous)

I believe it is! And it was Tom's first choice to begin the holiday watching movies. We also watched Rudolf last night (Bryce's choice) My kids do enjoy it but I wish we had more music in the house like you do and the only Xmas books we have have nothing to do with the classic Christmas tales/poems. Must remedy that!

Seester

I'm sorry to hear your work Christmas party was so bad. What went wrong, if you don't mind my asking?

I went to mine last night. It was at one of the teacher's homes and it was really fun. Part of the fun was getting me up and over the steps in the home (I'm in a wheelchair because of my broken leg, think I told you about that). Four strong guys lifted me and my chair up and over the two steps to the kitchen (where the party stayed all night!). And the 'ride' down was just as fun. LoL They were all so wonderful and helpful and I really felt part of the group, even though I've only been at my school for 2 1/2 months.

That's really nice! I'm glad you had a good time despite your disability! :D

The work party was a combination of things. I have higher hopes for my husband's party which we are going to on Wed despite the fact that I don't know any of his co-workers.

That was a happy story with a sad ending. I was amazed at the cookie part - so many!

:)

I'm not done yet, either! Sugar cookies tonight!

Oh dear that's terrible. Well, we plan to watch them and I'll think of you when we are. I wouldn't dream of letting Christmas go by without the grinch!

Oh, we'll be watching them, you can bet on it. I'll be forcing the issue in the near future :D

(Anonymous)

I'd feel sorry for you and attempt to console you, but I'd be snuggled in between Karin and Martin, too busy watching Ratatouille to be bothered much. I am a total Pixar whore. :D

And woman, gah! The FOOD. The cookies! You maketh me drool and make my sad bunch of butter tarts (a mere dozen) look pathetic and woefully inadequate in the Christmas Cheer department.

xoxoxox you so very much!
Wee

Well, I'm normally a a total Pixar whore myself, but it's CHRISTMAS. The only Christmassy thing Pixar has is the short film with the snowman in the snow globe, so until they ante up with a new version of Twas the Night, the Grinch and Rudolf and Kris Kringle MUST be watched! :D

i skipped a line when i was reading about you preparing to take the trees inside and thought you put them in the fridge instead of the cookie dough. made me giggle. :)

Snowballs for summer! hahahaa!

i hear you on the xmas movies. we had a very similar day. near perfect. but no xmas movie. mostly my fault, as i was dead tired. however, i know had i suggested a christmas story (my favorite) it would have been shot down as in all previous years. why don´t swedes get that one??

Ungrateful little wretches! ;) No one here to watch Christmas movies with me either. L doesn't like the sappiness like I do. I'll be popping in The Grinch (original cartoon version) a little later, myself.

Only the original cartoon version will do! The others are just WRONG.

Amen!

So far we have logged Rudolph and Charlie Brown's Christmas but Anders is scared by Santa Claus is Coming to Town so we may have to forego the Burgermeister Meisterburger this year.

I think you've touched upon something that would sadden me if I lived abroad, and that's not having this shared cultural background with my peers - and as you've mentioned, not even your family sometimes. I LOVE that everyone knows the sound of an adult speaking in a Peanuts' special, and that people will compliment me on my, "Nobody wants a Charlie-in-the-box" sounding just like the original. That people I worked with at Random House were nicknamed Heat Miser and Cold Miser and everyone got it right away. I'd be pouting too if my kids wanted to watch Ratatouille.

You sort of end up making your OWN cultural background with your family. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, but yes, it IS a bittersweet thing. I forced them to watch Rudolf yesterday to much eyerolling on Martin's part, and Grinch is up next. :)

(Anonymous)

Ha!! My kids picked this movie too for their weekend pick! I've been craving Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, but we don't have that on DVD and none of the tv stations here show good old fashion shows like that :O(
Bah humbug!

PS- we have our tree up too. Looked great until it fell over 2 days later smashing 5 ornaments :O( Alas....darn thing is back up now with reinforcement!!

Tschuß!
kathryn

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