Dozer, the bulldog

Dozer, the bulldog
Dozer: He was the best dog on the planet.

Bonding

Bonding
The author of Mark's Work with Ellie Mae

Guess who's coming for dinner

Guess who's coming for dinner
Blue heron, sitting on the dock of our pond

HappyDay Farms bees are happy bees.

HappyDay Farms bees are happy bees.
Air-borne bees

BFF's forever

BFF's forever
Margie and Ellie Mae

Tomatoes and peppers are us.

Tomatoes and peppers are us.
Spicy salsa with roasted peppers, here at HappyDay Farms

Much love, John-Bryan

Much love, John-Bryan
Eric at 26 on the left, and John-Bryan in January of 1973.

Halloween fun

Halloween fun
SmallBoy and Dancing Girl

Our house

Our house
The snow season approaches...

Mahlon Masling Blue

Mahlon Masling Blue
My friend and brother.

Mark's E-mail address

bellspringsmark@gmail.com

Friday, December 23, 2011

ABC's of Christmas

ABC’s of Christmas
* allspice, applesauce, anything apple, A Christmas Story
* bells, butter, Bing Crosby, bon-bons
* coffee cake, celery, Christmas Carol (I watched nine different versions last Christmas, and would be happy to itemize.) Charlie Brown Christmas, caroling, 
* deviled eggs, dark meat, door decorating
* eggnog, E’clairs, Ella Fitzgerald, elephants (they're everywhere…)
* figs, forks, feeding frenzy, "Four Christmases," family
* ground pepper, gravy, garlic, gifts, Grandma, 
* hot apple cider, half & half, Harry Simone, Home Alone, Herald angels, harking
* icing on the coffee cake, iced coffee, It’s a wonderful Life,  icicles, Irish coffee (without actually putting the, uh, well, you know, the coffee part of the Irish coffee in the glass, er, uh, sorry, mug.)
* jello, “Joy to the World,"  
* King crab, kitchen, kaleidoscopes, Kodak moments, and  kindness, random acts of 
* lemon cookies, limes, love, lists (sorry, JT)
* mincemeat pie, marshmallows, "Misa Creole" (Argentinan Christmas music), Miracle on 34th Street
mixed nuts, Nutcracker Ballet, Nat King Cole
* orange juice, onions, "O Tanenbaum"
* peppermint, peach pies, persimmon cake, mashed potatoes, Perry Como
*quince pie (if not in our house, others)
* rhubarb pie, raisins, 
* sausage, stuffing, sugar, sugar and just for good measure, some more sugar
* turkey, tinsel, truffles, toys, turbulence (see under f-family)
* uplifting, unflappable Mama, uncouth belches, unity of purpose
* creamed veggies, victorious diners
*  wassailing (Wassail is Old English, dating back prior to 1066.  It means be thou hale or be you healthy; an old tradition of ours, no?) 
* xylophone-I got one for Christmas one year.
* yams, Yorkshire Pudding
* zippers, bursting

1 comment:

  1. Damn! I shouldn't have read it b/c now I want to try this too and I will be influenced. But I figured that out pretty fast so my reading was very fast - I will post my ABC's of Christmas later today. And, did you know, that when I was a K-I-2 teacher had the most fantastic collection of ABC book? They are so much fun to read and to create.

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