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Love Came Down at Christmas.... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Love Came Down at Christmas....
First off, Darlene Love. She made her final Letterman appearance two nights ago:



Darlene is one of the most famed and acclaimed backup singers in all recording, and was one of the subjects of last year's documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. As she recounted at the desk before blowing the roof off the dump one final time, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" had never been a signature song of hers before meeting Paul Shafer during a 1986 Broadway production. That got her doing it on the Late Night stage that Christmas season with what was then the World's Most Dangerous Band, and she carried it over to the new gig and has done it every December since- for the final time since this will be Dave's last holiday at the Late Show helm.

We used to watch every night in his early CBS days (recording it each night and watching the tape the following evening), but haven't watched any beyond Youtube clips for years- but the Show Remains The Same in so many comfort-food ways. Biff and Rupert and random audience members are still part of the bits; the Top Ten remains corny; but most of all, Dave is so loyal in dancing with them who brung him. Despite this being such a highly publicized show due to Darlene's appearance, his first guest was Jay Thomas, a former sitcom regular who was barely B-list in his heyday. Still, he was a friend of the show at his height, and his stories about Vinny Testaverde and the Lone Ranger (not the same story, thank gods) and his sheer joy at knocking a meatball off the tree with a football? Late Night Gold, far better than any A-lister who's on whatever to promote his or her latest what.

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As for trees:

I mentioned yesterday that ours would be up today. I didn't mention that it was the first time I've produced and directed this effort entirely on my own.

Two years ago, we waited until the kids got here on the 24th, and Cameron wound up having a wicked asthma attack, likely from the accumulation of stuff in all the basement boxes from the tree and the trimmings. Then last year, we passed on the decorating altogether; Eleanor was finding the Retail Overdo of the holiday to be too much to take, and we slept and woke in heavenly peace with no geegaws around the house.

This year, though, her problem with it was far more physical; she's had more bad days than good with what probably is rheumatoid arthritis, and the up-and-downing of all the boxes and ornaments were too much for her to do.

So I did. Despite having the artistic talent of a small dog, I wanted to make the effort mainly so Emily and Cameron will have the extra touch of Christmas when they're here this week.....

plus, you know, the extra entertainment. For as quickly as the unassembled tree came up, it was claimed:



Unfazed, I got it out of her way and assembled, leading to more attention from Angels Who Have Meowed on High:

Treehasfeet

And, by mid-afternoon, the deed was done:)

Xm2014

It's a small gesture, but I look at it as my personal lighting of the final Advent Candle, in anticipation of the coming of those we love to our hearth and home as the days, again, begin to get longer:)
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yesididit From: yesididit Date: December 22nd, 2014 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
it looks lovely! and very kind of you to do the setting up. i love the kitty claiming the box, and even more like the one of her up in the tree. (he? i cant remember)

i sold my big tall xmas tree a few years back when i was given my moms 4 foot tree that sits nicely on an end table in the corner. and pushes down the stairs fully assembled and hangs out in the basement under a sheet for the rest of the year. no more tree assembly! i really like that. my mom downsized to a tiny little 2 foot thing with build in lights. maybe its only 18". and she's really happy with that. she just goes upstairs, grabs the thing whole, brings it down, and sets it on their coffee table. voila and done!

i really liked my big tree when i first got it years and years ago, but the older i got, the more hassle it got to be.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: December 22nd, 2014 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
She. Zoey's our youngest, recently five, but still has a ton of kitten about her.
greenquotebook From: greenquotebook Date: December 24th, 2014 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nadira Shakoor is a favorite of mine. Skip to 1:50 or so if you're not a JB fan.

http://youtu.be/osNw3WijPTE
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