Bil Browning

This holiday open thread brought to you by MIKA

Filed By Bil Browning | December 21, 2010 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Living
Tags: Christmas plans, Let it Snow, Mika

As we call it quits for the evening, it seemed appropriate to leave you with Mika's new version of that Christmas standard, "Let It Snow." There's a little bit on the ground here in DC but I've heard that Indy has been walloped with freezing rain and snow for the past few weeks.

Mika - 'Let It Snow' by MikaSounds

All of our presents have been bought, all cards are in the mail, and all of our contributors have been sent their goodwill holiday tokens and message of gratitude for their many volunteer hours on the site. We left all of our decorations in storage in Indiana so there's no tree or Christmas village this year for us; we're staying in DC to save money so it'll just be the two of us for the holidays. I can't remember the last time we were alone for Christmas. Maybe 10 years ago?

What are you plans for the holidays? Is your shopping done? Everything ready to go?

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Sure “Let It Snow” and for us here in Sacramento we might take a short drive up the mountain (60 or 80 miles) to visit our nearby snow areas like Tahoe. Our evening temperatures are usually in the 40’s here in the valley and day temps are in the 50’ or 60’s. After being raised in Missouri I am happy to have snow an hour away.

I was fired from my unpaid job as Santa (several years ago) when my back pain made it impossible to lift the kids up on my knee. This was traumatic as it was the way I got into the exciting magical Christmas spirit. Fortunately I’m now a great, great uncle and can rely on the 3rd generation of related kids to send a bit of their seasonal spirit my way. Even at 70 it still seems to work.

It also helps when my partner & I turn the living room lights out with only the color wheel light on our 1950’s style aluminum Christmas tree. It’s very romantic. Whatever approach you might have to embrace the season I certainly hope that the warm spirit of the season envelops you and those around you. Merry Christmas.