If You’re Still Near a Computer. . .

23 12 2008

Go here for intelligent human holiday home magic. A quirky classic collection of stories, including five different takes on the Nutcracker ballet tradition alone — “I Hate the Nutcracker” for example, by a lovely-sounding lady who otherwise seems un-Scroogelike. . .we didn’t do the Nutcracker this year because the kids were cast in an original Irish fairy tale dance instead, The Snow Queen. It was Saturday night here, what a show! (More on that later if I get some pictures or video uploaded.)

And this should keep you busy, a Santa’s stocking full of stuff to bake, eat, drink, buy, read, watch, laugh at, dance to, and be culturally Jewish or Persian to, too . . .

“Look inside,” Francois said.
That’s when I noticed the mocha butter cream filling in the Yule log was missing two inches on each end.
“Your parents ate this while we were upstairs, probably with their fingers,” he said.

. . .The Yule stump was the one part of the meal that my parents ate with gusto.

“The inside is the best!” they told Francois.

If your kids are presently out of the room or else past the literal faith-of-a-child stage as you sit at the computer —  here’s Dave Sedaris as Crumpet the Elf unwittingly getting his real-life career start on NPR in 1992, reading his own “Santaland Diaries.”

To read rather than listen to another classic Sedaris story and pick up some cross-cultural Christmas history to astound the kiddies besides, click here for “Six to Eight Black Men” and be prepared with a plausible answer for passersby, about what’s making you laugh out loud:

One doesn’t want to be too much of a cultural chauvinist, but this seemed completely wrong to me. . .

And while you’re browsing, listen to this. If after you’ve heard it, you still think some Christmas music would be nice, go here and click on the “holiday music mix” hotlink for instant streaming gratification, holiday music picked out by smart people for smart people, that will sound a bit fresher than the department store or tv fare. 🙂




2 responses

29 12 2008

“Yes, I’m Jewish, and no, the love is not ironic. Christmas music is about winter, and nostalgia. It’s an aural blanket, a cup of sonic cocoa on a cold day. . .”

Ezra Klein | December 24, 2008
“I Love Christmas Music”

This is a great power-of-story story for the holidays. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas figures prominently in its joyously blurred all-American meanings: “It’s a holiday to which everyone can belong, which is why it took an outsider to define it.”

(Just as Berlin’s “God Bless America” helped do for parents and schoolkids here, for the same complicated reasons.)

25 10 2010
Celebrating Power of Story in Books & Movies « Cocking A Snook!

[…] Nutcracker, the Mouse King, and Herr Drosselmeyer. I don’t know how many movie versions! And two Christmases ago I posted this . . […]

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