Getting in the spirit

I was a little worried I’d have trouble getting in the holiday spirit this year.  As I’ve said before, it’s been a rough year.  And I did have a little trouble.  I was worried about money, and I wasn’t thrilled with the fact that Shawna has no surprises under the Christmas Tree (which we don’t have because the pets might destroy it).  Maybe this is all part of Christmas as an adult.  Heck if I know.

Luckily, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to get me ready for this Thursday.

First, there’s cooking.  I love cooking, and I love doing it for the holidays.  This year’s theme is pretty south of the border, so tonight I’ll be going home and slow roasting five pounds of puerco pibil.  The smell of annetto and cumin will fill my house like it was the Christmas Spirit.

Second, egg nog.  More to the point, using egg nog to flavor my coffee.  Yummy stuff, and I’m pretty sure I pack on a few pounds with each mug.  ANd it just feels so damn Christmasy!

Then there’s TV.  I’ve already watched the George C Scott Christmas Carol.  Tonight is reserved for the original Grinch.  A Colbert Christmas has quickly become a classic in our household.  If only I had some other specials on DVD.

Finally, there’s the music.  “Fairytale of New York” and the Springsteen version of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” are old favs, along with anything from the Andy Williams Christmas record.  I swear you can’t go wrong with that stuff!

So Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all that other stuff.  Tomorrow night I’ll be staying up late, because I can’t go to sleep until it’s officially Christmas. 

Sometimes I really do feel like a kid again.

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