Here it is: the final Time For Tea post of 2017. It is also, likely, the final Time For Tea in general. I’m currently working on a new blog plan for 2018, so there is a chance it’ll look quite different. What you can always count on, however, are a lot of book reviews. But I’ll go over the plan in another post later. Today, I want to talk about something else.
Christmas is coming. As it approaches, I am reminded of the past year and what it’s brought me, both good and bad, as well as why I love Christmas. Christmas is, without a doubt, my favourite holiday. I will admit I enjoy receiving gifts—frankly I think anyone who says they don’t is lying—but the gifts are not the primary reason I love Christmas. For me, it’s all to do with spending time with people I care about. For the past few years, one of my favourite moments of the entire Christmas season was always when we would let the gate down and allow Indy to rush to his stocking for a new toy. The little guy knew what Christmas was and started sniffing it out well in advance of the day. Unfortunately, that particular piece of joy won’t be around this year, but I have many videos of it as a reminder. Of course, we do have a new puppy in our midst, and I for one sincerely hope he will gain at least a fraction of the joy Indy had on Christmas morning. It won’t be this year, of course, but in the future.
This year though, I’ve done a lot of things differently. I finally purchased my first Christmas tree and have started decorating it with homemade ornaments. It looks a little sparse this year, but I have a feeling it will be full before I know it. I also feel like I hit the mark in an incredible way with gifts this Christmas—though I cannot share those with you, since I know some people in my family read my blog and I refuse to spoil things for them.
But what I have come to realize this year is that what I have always cited as my favourite Christmas movie, is flat out my favourite movie—I mean, I’ve seen it so many times I have lost count and have yet to tire of it. I am talking, of course, about the 1966 Christmas cartoon movie, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, with Boris Karloff. I have seen the 2000 version, and while it’s not bad, I still greatly prefer the original. I also know there is going to be another version coming out next year. I fully plan on watching it (in theatres if I can), but I also feel confident I will still prefer the cartoon from 1966. If nothing else, I grew up watching it multiple times every December on television, so the emotional attachment from the memories are likely the trump card.
This month has also been marked by a burst of creativity. I think it started with creating Christmas ornaments for my tree (I painted the Grinch, BB-8, the Star Trek logo, and the Golden Snitch), but then extended to painting a selection of three themed Christmas paintings. I believe I have mentioned this before, though I did not show them at the time, since I was still working on them. The good news? I recently finished the third painting and they are now hung on my wall in the entrance to my home. Want to see them?
I bet you saw that one coming, didn’t you? I am incredibly proud of these paintings. I know I will have to take them down once Christmas is over, but at least until then they will make me smile when I walk in and out of my home.
With this in mind, I would love to know: what is your favourite Christmas memory? What is your favourite Christmas film? I would love to hear your stories and thoughts below!