Happy Holidays. I hope your Thanksgiving was as warm and wonderful as our. Today is Black Friday and Buy Nothing day. After noting that we haven't a spotless record for buy absolutely nothing day, I was informed that we are a counter-counter-culture family. We won't be mindless drones for either progressive or conservative causes. We're independent thinkers. So today we've helped support a very cool independent bookstore and coffee shop in Cambridge MN, a family owned Christmas tree farm in Isanti county, a local grocery store and bakery in Wyoming Mn, and a big box that didn't open early (on Thanksgiving) for Black Friday. Most of our time and money were spent locally on family Christmas decorations and presents. I think this comes under the heading of not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. At the moment, the tree we bought this morning is up with only the lights and angel. The rest of the decorations come tomorrow and / or Sunday. Then it will look very much like this one. Each year there's a spirited discussion about which tree is the "right" size and shape. e.e. cummings somehow foresaw Charlie Brown's tree.
little treelittle silent Christmas treeyou are so littleyou are more like a flower
who found you in the green forestand were you very sorry to come away?see i will comfort youbecause you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool barkand hug you safe and tightjust as your mother would,only don't be afraid
look the spanglesthat sleep all the year in a dark boxdreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little armsand i'll give them all to you to holdevery finger shall have its ringand there won't be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you're quite dressedyou'll stand in the window for everyone to seeand how they'll stare!oh but you'll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take handsand looking up at our beautiful treewe'll dance and sing"Noel Noel"
Thanks for stopping by during the holidays. Come again when you can. Rants, raves and reflections served here daily.