Friday, November 14, 2008

Christmas is 40 days away

Funny, though, I'm not really in the Christmas "mood" yet. I debated about putting up my Christmas lights on the roof yesterday, but felt it was too early, despite the fair weather. Today is my "day off" (even though I'm in the office), but it is cool and rainy-ish.

Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Walgreens, and even Ace Hardware are all in "FULL CHRISTMAS RETAIL MODE", hoping for a halfway decent shopping season. I was in Bass Pro for lunch the other day at the BGCO Convention and they are all decked out, too.

Sally and I have bought the girls a FEW things for Christmas, but something seems out of whack this year. Maybe I just need to play my Dean Martin Christmas Album to get me in the mood.

I've been a bit disappointed that I can't find a particular decoration. I used to have some blow-mold outdoor Christmas candles with "NOEL" on them. You could ALWAYS find them at Wal-Mart or TG&Y. Wal-Mart has some Santas this year, but no candles. I found some at a second hand junk shop the other day, but they were really faded and the "flames" were cracked. We had some in Thailand, but I left them there, since we moved to Hong Kong and lived in a high-rise apartment house. I went through this same problem last year.

I've got a really great plan for my lights this year. Last year was all red and only went around the front half of the house. After Christmas last year, I found green lights on sale so bought enough to cover the other half of the house. I'll alternate red and green lights on each string then have a "Holly Jolly Christmas House" once again!


Monk-in-Training said...

We will start the season of Advent soon, preparing us for Christmas. One of my favorite seasons of the Church.

Anonymous said...

We find them on EBAY sometimes.
There IS a difference in older vs. newer. (We had this conversation last year, huh?!) I was at a sale today and found the older style window candle lights - creamy white with little fakee drips, four lights each making the "flame". (They used orange lights on these.) I actually was reminded at that very moment about your quest for the Noel candles so your post was a little "small world" feeling to me.

Rick Boyne said...

I am already getting ready for my advent sermons. We aren't decorating the building until the first Saturday of December, so I'm going to have to go box diving to see if I can find the set up so I can light the candles in November!

Yep, we did talk about it last year. The ones I am looking for are 3-4 feet tall. Yes, indeed, a small world.

Anonymous said...

I checked ebay tonight.
There are MANY listed.
(A few different styles.)

The blow mold words in the search show a lot, but you can also find a few where the people did not list them using those words so less people bidding on those.

Anonymous said...

I usually don't ever see anything I WANT for Christmas. But when going through Bass Pro in Springfield last month, I saw IT! The new pontoon boats with leather lay-z-boys on the fishing deck. Now they're talking my language!
B & J S

M. Steve Heartsill said...

Rick...You need Dean Martin to get you into the Christmas mood?

Poor guy...Well, at least you didn't say Alvin and the Chipmunks!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie Rick, no one sings winter likes our Dino..never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool...oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth...

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