Thursday, December 22, 2011

This is OUR Kind of Christmas Season

It occured to me today, that there are all kinds of ways to celebrate any holiday, and while ours may not be what most would consider great, we love it.

This epiphony hit me as we were driving home from town with our two grandkids in the car, to watch them for the day while both parents worked. The 7 year old granddaughter was singing in the back seat, her own version of Jingle Bells, with goofy words. Something about "Batman smells, Robin lays an egg!", while next to her, her little brother, with all his 2 year old lightheartedness, joined in with "Dingle Dah, Dingle Dah," my husband, with his own warped memories of Christmases past, warbled the old Pogo song that my Father used to sing, to the tune of Deck the Halls. The chorus goes, "Swaller Dollar Cauliflower, Alla-Go-Roo!" Not to be left out, I chimed in with the only song that seemed appropriate and belted out, "Grandma Got Run Over By A Raindeer!"

We all finished with a happy flourish at roughly the same time and looked around at each other, proud of our joint cacophony and spirit and I thought, "I gotta remember this. It's one of those Golden Moments."

It seems as though, if we're lucky, and we are very lucky these days, our lives have a lot of those happy loving moments that just crop up when we are living right and paying attention to what's important. We just have to watch for them, and celebrate them when they happen.

Once we got home, we took the kids out in the yard to play, spent time climbing a tree, brought in and stacked some firewood, planted some little trees, (can you believe we can still do that on December 22nd?), played a few thousand games of go fish, and ended up building a fire in the wood stove and toasting some marshmallows. Now that's a happy holiday time.

I feel so grateful for the family I'm a part of, and my wonderful husband, Jim, who compliments my life in so many ways, and even abets and furthers the nutty madness that is our life.

We hope for everyone, a comfortable, loving family, and a bit of nuttiness to make it all sparkle and glow. I did get a good picture of the tree planting, and one of the little guy at the tree.

In closing, just in case you were curious, here are the full lyrics to the song:

The lyrics to "Deck The Halls" as done by Pogo Possum
Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Walla Walla, Wash., an' Kalamazoo!
Nora's freezin' on the trolley,
Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!

Don't we know archaic barrel
Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou?
Trolley Molly don't love Harold,
Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Polly wolly cracker 'n' too-da-loo!
Donkey Bonny brays a carol,
Antelope Cantaloupe, 'lope with you!

Hunky Dory's pop is lolly gaggin' on the wagon,
Willy, folly go through!
Chollie's collie barks at Barrow,
Harum scarum five alarm bung-a-loo!

Dunk us all in bowls of barley,
Hinky dinky dink an' polly voo!
Chilly Filly's name is Chollie,
Chollie Filly's jolly chilly view halloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, woof, woof!
Tizzy seas on melon collie!
Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, goof, goof!