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Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock ...

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on December 26, 2007 - 4:27am

That's one of my favorite Christmas songs ... I kind of like more the traditional music - the newer stuff hasn't always appealed to me. Much like the Christmas cookies - I've been OD'ing on Christmas music as well. There's a station by us that has been playing it 24/7 since Thanksgiving and one of my favorite things to do is to listen to the music and identify the singer(s)! My DIL is quite impressed that I know 9/10ths of them! There are a few "classic" Christmas singers - the Carpenters ... Nat King Cole, Burl Ives, Johnny Mathis, Brenda Lee .... and then there are a few that really shouldn't subject others to their not-so-classic renditions of the music ... ummm (and I'm really sorry if you guys are fans - just my humble opinion here) Mariah Carey - the Elmer Fudd of the music world ... and Celine Dion - I know she's chock full of talent but I can't stand listening to her sing, maybe it's that French accent that annoys me ... and Christina Aguilera -- YIKES!!!!!! Oh Whitney Houston should be on that list too. They butcher the songs, especially when they have to sing every octave in one note. Like nails on a chalkboard!! But I went to the store today because I needed pineapple for this "dessert" type salad that my grandmother has made for our family since I can remember (and I think as a Christmas gift I will include the "secret" recipe at the end of this entry!) and the grocery store wasn't open (the nerve!) so I drove 12 more minutes to Wal Mart and they weren't open either!! (what kind of a world do we live in when Wal Mart isn't open on Christmas Day!?) So I drove back to my neck of the woods and found Walgreens of all places OPEN! But even though I used up a half hour of my Christmas morning driving around looking for open grocery I sat and sang Christmas music the whole way! Fun! Fun!!! Soooo I go into Walgreens thinking to myself that they are sooooooo not going to have CRUSHED PINEAPPLE and they had CRUSHED pineapple! WTF?? I can see having pineapple rings but I was pleasantly surprised that they had what I needed ... What a gift!!!

So yeah Christmas music ... 98 Degrees had a great Christmas album that came out a few years back ... I love that one. Their version of The Christmas Song is pretty good. Then there is Harry Connick Jr. nice swinging Christmas music! Enya has ONE Christmas song out and it's Silent Night in Gaelic. Veeeerrrryyyy pretty!!! Then there is Trans Siberian Orchestra - what I wouldn't give to see them live during the Christmas season ... and Mannheim Steamroller - I DID see them live quite a few years back and OMG what an experience THAT was!!! I'll never forget that. But MS - they have a few Christmas music CDs out now and I listened to the latest one - hmmm ... I think they've worn out their versions of the old favorites ... and I'm a fan! But when it's time to hang it up it's time to hang it up ... but if there's a buck to be made someone's gonna push it until not one fool buys it.

Sooooo I was thinking yesterday - speaking of "gifts" that Josh has really been a gift to me and not because he's such a "sweet" guy or that he's so ungodly good looking but that he's given me the gift of friendship -- you guys!! I don't know when I've ever been cared for as much by anyone (outside of my family - and even they are too close sometimes to see when things are wrong) more than I have by you guys. Just recently I had a nasty bout of depression and anxiety and while my family noticed they didn't seem to SEE how serious it was - until I snapped out of it a little over a week ago and TOLD them but you guys noticed, my bestest friends in the whole world sat up and noticed and flooded me with kind words of encouragement and hugs and kisses!! Words fail me when I try to express how much that means to me - I'm serious! It's greater than any gift anyone could buy you - this "friendship" thing ... and while we all have friends who are transient don't they all leave some sort of a mark on your life? Friendships whether they've come and gone or stuck around for the long haul mold us into what we are. When we have such valued friends it tells us that we are of value as well - and wow, there's nothing quite like that feeling, the feeling that we belong and that we have some sort of place in this world. When I was depressed I had that ugly feeling of being under appreciated and that I didn't belong and I was ready to chuck it all and go away -- when really it was just the opposite and my friends told me that. They told me that nothing mattered to them more than me - including Josh - and while I couldn't see it fully due to being blinded by my hormones taking a serious hiatus I FELT it ... and it made me cry in a GOOD way. I thank you all for your gift and please know that there's nothing - not a DAMNED THING that one person could buy with dollars, francs, pounds, pesos that can outdo what you have given to me from your heart and your soul. And for that I fall to the floor and thank you from the bottom (and top) of my heart.

Feliz Navidad!!!!!

OH GOSH I ALMOST FORGOT THE RECIPE!!!!! Now this is something that my Grandmother used to make since the time when I can remember things and she only made it on Thanksgiving so it was one of those rare treats that we truly looked forward to! I've NEVER EVER given it to anyone (not even people in my family!!!) since my Grandma shared it with me when my kids were little but this is MY GIFT to you guys ... hope you like it!!!

PINEAPPLE CREAM CHEESE SALAD

1 can crushed pineapple
3/4 c sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 oz cream cheese
3 tsp or 1-1/2 env unflavored gelatin
1 pint heavy whipping cream

Place undrained pineapple, cream cheese, sugar, and lemon juice in a pan and heat slowly stirring until cream cheese is melted. Dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup of COLD water; add to boiled mixture. Return to heating until it boils again. Take the pan off the stove and let cool (you can put the pan in the sink with ice water or since it's usually cold when I make this treat I just set it outside for a while) but do not let the gel set! Whip cream until somewhat stiff. Fold into cooled mixture. Pour into a mold or dessert cups; refrigerate overnight or until set.

I WANT TO HEAR SOME FEEDBACK WHEN YOU'VE TRIED IT!!!!

Oh and ummm it's NOT low cal ...

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