You know what I'm not crazy about? Those "Favorite Things" lists that celebrities make that consist of a bunch of ridiculously expensive goods like "simple" white t-shirts that cost $50 apiece, or when they list things like "making sugar cookies with my daughter," because you know what? You probably weigh about 90 pounds, and the closest you'll get to baked goods is a food-scented Yankee candle. Oh, and don't try to pretend you spend time with your daughter. If you did, we wouldn't see her all coked-out on the cover of some rag here in about ten years.
I'm not much of a celebrity person. I feel no need to know what some actor eats for breakfast on Saturday mornings or their parenting "advice."
And this is so not what I meant to write about today. Let's see if I can get back on track.
Where was I? Right. Favorite things.
Well, in addition to not being able to identify with some no-talent hack's favorite things (there I go again), I have a little trouble with the items listed in the song. You know, from The Sound of Music? One verse talks about "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens." While I certainly don't see anything wrong with those things, I couldn't call them my "favorites." Raindrops on roses are pretty, but I'm allergic to cats, don't believe I've ever actually seen a copper kettle, and wool gives me hives.
I'm just a little ray of sunshine today, aren't I?
Still, I've been hearing that song a lot lately on the Christmas music stations, and it's gotten me to thinking about my favorite things at this time of year. Here are five of my personal favorites.
5. Decorating for Christmas. I love, love, love decorating our house for Christmas. My mom always went all-out decorating our house right after Thanksgiving, and it always felt so warm and inviting. I now do the same thing, and being surrounded by the garlands and bells makes our home feel cozy.
4. Christmas Music. Fortunately, Derek's pretty tolerant of my need for 24/7 Christmas music, but he does look pretty pained when I put on Amy Grant, and absolutely puts his foot down at the mere mention of The Carpenters.
4a. Christmas caroling. Is there anything better than standing in front of people's homes, singing Christmas carols? Unless it's looking out your front window and seeing people standing on your front lawn, serenading your family.
4b. All the live Christmas music. There are always a plethora of choir, band, and orchestra concerts to choose from, and when we lived in Pittsburg, there was a man who stood outside the entrance to Wal-Mart every morning and played his trumpet while manning the red Salvation Army bucket.
3. Going to the Nutcracker. This was a tradition my family had growing up; we would drive the hour north to Wichita to see the ballet performed, and while this is not something we do every year, Derek did take me to see it in New York City one year, and this weekend Adelaide and I will be driving down to Kansas City to see it there (Yaaaaaay!).
2. Candlelight services. I don't really think there's anything better than standing in a darkened church lit only by candles, singing Christmas hymns. I really wish our church did this.
1. This one isn't really Christmas-related, but right now it's my very favorite: The lurching, halting, unsteady gait of a baby learning to walk. Caedmon has been walking for several weeks now, but it's only in the past week or two that he's really started using it as his primary means of locomotion. When I catch sight of that high-stepping stride unique to toddlers that he uses, I find myself stopping whatever I'm doing just to watch him waddle around. It is so ridiculously cute. I love to watch him stop at the threshold to a room, where the flooring changes, and ready himself to pass the imaginary precipice. I love to watch the sheer joy on his face from something as simple as walking. He loves it, I love it. My favorite thing.
This also means he no longer stands still long enough for me to get a good picture.