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Merry Christmas from Boston! — December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from Boston!

This Beautiful Moment is brought to you by the great city of Boston, Massachusetts.

Trees lit up in the Quincy Market.
Trees lit up in the Quincy Market.

On Christmas Eve’s eve, we took an urban adventure to Quincy Market in Boston.  I really wanted to check out Blink, the city’s newest holiday light show.  Every thirty minutes, the thousands of LED lights on the trees, the wreaths, and on the biggest Christmas tree I’ve ever seen in my life, blink to the sound of music recorded by the Boston Pops.
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We perched ourselves on the balcony by some shops to get a great view of this mother-load of a tree and the line of other plants all a-glow.

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Between shows, we hit Newbury Comics .  I continued my search for the skateboarding movie Search For Animal Chin, but my search continues.  Yet, Newbury always proves to be a great place to get unique gifts, such as a book of Banksy’s incredible street art.  😉

Lastly, we stood amongst the smaller trees to view another Blink performance.  I have attempted more than once to insert the video we took of one of the performances, but WordPress keeps giving me an error message.  :p~~~  So I’ll put in another picture of the ginormous tree with the clock tower in the distance.
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Ta da!!  Many blessings to you and your loved ones this holiday season!

 

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Reasons for the Season — December 20, 2012

Reasons for the Season

My son’s “Winter” band concert was earlier this week.  Not a “Christmas” concert, or even a “Holiday” concert.  following the band’s few carols, the large chorus sang some tunes.  We had a White Christmas, the girls asked Santa, Baby for some expensive material things, and they also belted out a creative Nightmare Before Christmas medley.  There was also a Hanukkah song, with a surprising solo from my son’s friend that I did not even know could sing.

But no Silent Night, heralding angels, or Little Star of Bethlehem leading Three Kings or even a Little Drummer Boy to a stable in a manger where a baby was born to a virgin.  Don’t worry, this Southern Fried Cristian woman is not offended that her God was not included in a high school musical.

But it did get me wondering if we are heading towards the South Park episode where a few people were offended by religious symbols, which resulted in no holiday decorations and a crappy school play.  Yet, it brings me comfort to remember all the reasons I celebrate this crazy holiday.  During this season, I grieve past losses, make sure everyone else is pleased, have crying spells, and often lose my mind.  So reminding myself that Christmas is much more than presents and decorations keeps me grounded.

So, I’d like to challenge everyone who ridicules the 75 percent of the world who believes in a “higher power” or spends the holidays in the realms of faith, belief and hope.  Before you try to take Christ out of Christmas or question a menorah, I’d like to know something.

Why do you celebrate the holidays?  What do you do?  Put up a tree for no sentimental reason?  Spend a ton of money on a bunch of gifts or get yourself in debt?  Tolerate a dysfunctional family because you feel obliged to do so during the holidays?  Encourage your children to believe in a fat white guy that somehow squashes himself down the chimney to give them gifts?

Pfffffffftttt….

But I guess we all have our own individual reasons for celebrating this time of year.  So whether you celebrate the birth of a savior, remember eight miraculous nights, burn a yule log, or send yourself into an early grave pleasing everyone else just for the sake that media says you should:  Happy Holidays, y’all.

Think You Know Christmas Songs? — December 11, 2012

Think You Know Christmas Songs?

This Beautiful Moment is brought to you by WFNX.com and Massachusetts band, the Dropkick Murphys.

Christmas is not my favorite time of year.  Due to grief and loss issues, it is not the most wonderful time of year.  Stress of traveling, gifts, and preparations do not end with a holly, jolly Christmas sometimes.  So yesterday, when FNX played “The Season is Upon Us” by Boston’s Dropkick Murphys, I laughed out loud.  I’d like to share the lyrics with you…..

“The season’s upon us, it’s that time of year
Brandy and eggnog, there’s plenty of cheer
There’s lights on the trees and there’s wreaths to be hung
There’s mischief and mayhem and songs to be sung

There’s bells and there’s holly, the kids are gung-ho
True loves finds a kiss beneath fresh mistletoe
Some families are messed up while others are fine
If you think yours is crazy, well you should see mine

My sisters are wackjobs, I wish I had none
Their husbands are losers and so are their sons
My nephew’s a horrible wise little twit
He once gave me a nice gift wrapped box full of s**t.

He likes to pelt carolers with icy snowballs
I’d like to take him out back and deck more than the halls
With family like this I would have to confess
I’d be better off lonely, distraught and depressed

The season’s upon us, it’s that time of year
Brandy and eggnog, there’s plenty of cheer
There’s lights on the trees and there’s wreaths to be hung
There’s mischief and mayhem and songs to be sung
They call this Christmas where I’m from

My mom likes to cook, push our buttons, and prod
My brother just brought home another big broad
The eyes rollin’ whispers come love from the kitchen
I’d come home more often if they’d only quit bitchin’

Dad, on the other hand’s, a selfish old sod
Drinks whiskey alone with my miserable dog
Who won’t run off fetch sure he couldn’t care less
He defiled my teddy bear and left me the mess

The season’s upon us, it’s that time of year
Brandy and eggnog, there’s plenty of cheer
There’s lights on the trees and there’s wreaths to be hung
There’s mischief and mayhem and songs to be sung
They call this Christmas where I’m from

The table’s set, we raise a toast
The father, son, and the Holy Ghost
I’m so glad this day only comes once a year
You can keep your opinions, your presents, your happy new year
They call this Christmas where I’m from
They call this Christmas where I’m from”

Happy Holidays, everyone.

Thank you, New York! — December 2, 2012

Thank you, New York!

Due to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade being free of charge and the Jolly Hotel on 38th Street accepting our Priceline bid for a room, a miracle happened a few days ago.  We visited New York City!  Okay, so I’m a week or so late with publishing this post.  Our hotel was only a few blocks from the Empire State Building, which we still did not go inside.  It was also about a ten minute walk to Times Square, where we dined on giant pizza slices.  Here’s a picture blog of our latest Urban Adventure, filled with many beautiful moments!

This place is HUGE.
This place is HUGE.

Times Square boasts a three-story M&M store, with lots of toys, clothing, gifts, and of course, chocolates!  The employees dance to music playing throughout the place, and I even joined in.  I proclaimed, “I have a master’s degree in counseling and want to work at the M&M store!”  I stood in the “mood scanner” that claims it can predict what color M&M matched our moods.  I was disappointed to be labeled “silver,” something about being lucky and winning (pffffff…I haven’t won the Powerball yet!).  I so wanted to be Miss Green M&M.  I left with a large bag full of pink, silver, black, maroon, and electric green candies.  And to top this all off, the store was across the street from a Hershey’s Store!  But I did not dare go in that place, I would not have come out.

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It's the Holy Grail of Candy!!!!
It’s the Holy Grail of Candy!!!!

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By the time we reached Rockefeller Center, the Lego Store was closed. But the Mister did snap a few shots of the massive buildings the staff assembled by the windows.  Definitely want to go in here next time we visit the Big Apple.

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Here are a few other awesome sites we checked out the night before Thanksgiving:

Yours truly with David Letterman.
Yours truly with David Letterman.

Sites

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After sleeping in our tiny, but clean New York hotel room, we walked to the corner of 38th Street and 6th avenue to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  But, a NYPD officer announced that we were in a “quiet zone,” meaning we were so close to the broadcasters that the marching bands and floats had to stop playing music once they reached our block.  Aaaaarrrrrrr!  Some marching bands, including the one from Arcadia, Louisiana, did not follow this rule.  Woo-hoo! Go band!  So now we know to walk a few blocks down from the Jolly Hotel to enjoy the festivities.

Here it comes!
Here it comes!

Hm? What? I say as the Mister snaps a pic of me and the Boy in the crowd.
Hm? What? I say as the Mister snaps a pic of me and the Boy in the crowd.

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Oh, Yeah!!!
Oh, Yeah!!!

 

Papa Smurf always says....
Papa Smurf always says….

We finished off our NYC trip with lunch at Grand Central Station.  Although there are many tantalizing restaurants in the Station, we ate packed sandwiches to save a bit of funds.  We went because I really wanted to see the place.  We sat by a few members of a Texas marching band that participated in the parade.  Also, a nice older couple chatted with us about their city life.  The next time we go, think we’ll try some of the Chinese food. I waited in the longest ladies’ room line evaaaaahhhh.  I wonder if it’s the powder room’s lines are like that on regular commuter days.

This was the family’s second trip to NYC for Macy’s Parade, but our first official stay.  Now that we know what hotel is in the perfect spot in the City and is decently priced for sleeping and showering in, we’ll definitely make a Thanksgiving Day trip a holiday tradition.  Thanks, New York.

New York has big balls.
New York has big balls.