Here? The dang markets are open and so my poor little sister, who works for a major mutual fund company, has to go to work. That just seems wrong! I love the idea of a second Christmas Day and I think no one should have to go to work unless they provide a life-sustaining service. Heck, I’m in favor of all twelve days, even if that song really gnaws on my nerves.
So here’s wishing you a very merry Second Christmas Day. In its honor, I give you two of my favorite holiday things: music (at least those songs that don’t make me want to shoot someone) and cut-out cookies.
Thanks to my computer’s built-in mike, the sound is pretty reminiscent of a music box. And the beginning sounds pretty wooden, since I was watching to see if the technology was cooperating, which only enhances the music-box effect. Otherwise it’s a flawless performance (ha!) of Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song,” arranged for piano by Philip Keveren. Listen at your own peril.
I can’t claim the cookies are in any better taste. Still, the frosting does taste good (thanks to a generous splash of almond flavoring). There’s probably enough dyes in them to preserve us for the next 80 years.
I’d close by quoting Mel Torme’s last line – “May all your Christmases be white” – but darn it, a thunderstorm just rolled into town. So instead, I’ll just wish you love, kindness, joy, peace, compassion – and a glimpse of the holiday spirit where you might not expect it, whether in a torrential rainfall or a purple tree.