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Very Merry Gentleman

Posted on 2008.11.30 at 18:40
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Ray Conniff - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
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My wife is very festive, and just hit her baking season. She generally only bakes between November and January, and this year is no different. She's like a machine. And to help her get into the spirit, she likes listening to Christmas music. Unfortunately, I like very little Christmas music. I know this will come as a surprise to most of you, but I'm a bit of a curmudgeon where holidays are concerned. I don't place a lot of value of them. I don't get depressed if I have no one to share the holidays with, I don't go crazy with holiday cheer, and generally just don't give a shit. For most of my adult life, I worked through all holidays. Being in a mission critical position overseas meant taking either Christmas Day, or New Years Day off. My one holiday a year I wasn't working. I always chose New Year. When I'm away, I call my mother on the holidays, but this was a recent development in our relationship. When I was stationed in Virginia, my little brother had moved out, and Mother reasoned in her empty-nest way, that now would be a good time to begin expecting calls on these days.

I do have a very small collection of hand-picked CD's I've made for my wife over the years that I enjoy - Christmas standards. Classics. Dean Martin. Bing Crosby. Wayne Newton. My all-time favorite was discovered my father: Ray Coniff's We Wish You A Merry Christmas. I purchased Enya's And Winter Came a month back (because I enjoy Enya) and we also have many non-traditional Christmas CD's such as 'Reggae Christmas' and Loreena McKinnitt's To Drive the Cold Winter Away. Its these which keep me from going insane in my own home during this tenuous time. Thankfully, my wife does not buy into the Pop Country Christmas albums which become prevalent at discount stores during the holidays and make me want to swallow my tongue.

Due to circumstances beyond my control I haven't been to work since Monday the 24th, and while the restful days and nights have been nice after the festivities of the pirate party which followed such a difficult week, I really wanted nothing more than to slip back into a comfortable routine, which obviously hasn't happened yet. And in starting my new job tomorrow, likely won't happen this week either. Regardless, not all is lost, for less than a month from now I will begin a fortnight of debauchery when my children spend Christmas out of state.

The countdown begins now.


Anima Engine
anima_engine at 2008-12-01 00:56 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not a Christmas curmudgeon, but I do believe that Bruce Springsteen must die for singing Santa Claus is Coming To Town.
ehowton at 2008-12-01 01:51 (UTC) (Link)
You just made my teeth ache.
dawaioser at 2008-12-01 01:12 (UTC) (Link)
You'd hate me because I'm a sucker for Vince Guaraldi "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and Willie Nelson's holiday CD - "Pretty Paper". The latter is only due to family traditions and lots of alcohol. Despite loads of love, it's the only thing that keeps us from killing one another. It's a stressful time of year. LOL ';)

Re: your photo addition. I was going to ask how she walked in those insanely-high shoes and then realized the obvious.
ehowton at 2008-12-01 01:51 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe she's an elf?
Richard Rasner (Unique Nudes™)
uniqueblog at 2008-12-01 03:12 (UTC) (Link)

To help you get in the spirit...

Always puts me in the mood...
ehowton at 2008-12-01 22:42 (UTC) (Link)

Re: To help you get in the spirit...

100% effective. Thanks!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-12-01 03:37 (UTC) (Link)
When did catttitude get her belly button pierced???
catttitude at 2008-12-02 02:09 (UTC) (Link)

joey_glover at 2008-12-01 03:50 (UTC) (Link)
christmas= home
ehowton at 2008-12-01 22:39 (UTC) (Link)
I was very glad to see you at the Pirate Party. Unfortunately, I'm not leaving the house the entire duration of your Christmas visit. I hope you have a good time.
galinda822 at 2008-12-01 03:56 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not surprised! lol

(Debauchery - I just adore that word.)

ehowton at 2008-12-01 22:37 (UTC) (Link)
Give yourself over to absolute pleasure; Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh...
Complete and Utter Nonsense
jesskd26 at 2008-12-01 13:53 (UTC) (Link)
I saw the perfect couple gift for you and cattitude. Now, for the children.
ehowton at 2008-12-01 22:07 (UTC) (Link)
An invitation to Children's Day at the White Slave Market?
texas_tangent at 2008-12-01 15:23 (UTC) (Link)
I absolutely adore Christmas Music. I have listened to Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's Christmas tape for years.

I also love Dean Martins "Baby its cold outside" I think it was my ringtone one year till July!
ehowton at 2008-12-01 22:01 (UTC) (Link)
One of my favs of that is Ella ;)
Tat-Man the Zombie Hunter
scareypete at 2008-12-02 00:00 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the gift of the Distracting photo...

Here's a gift exchange

ehowton at 2008-12-02 00:24 (UTC) (Link)
Just...beautiful. Thank you.
codekitten at 2008-12-03 20:41 (UTC) (Link)
please be sure to journal all about said debauchery.

ehowton at 2008-12-03 21:29 (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps some allegorical imagery.
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