1. Salty. Chocolate. Pecan. Candy. Have there ever been four more lovely words in the English language? Carla has put them together into this quick dessert, perfect for gift giving or a simple end to a big holiday meal. I’m planning to make a batch to munch on after Christmas dinner.
Do you have any easy or no-bake desserts you like to make during the holidays?
2. If you’ve ever been in a car with a dog who enjoys riding, you know the definition of unadulterated happiness. This video has been floating around the web. It’s a dozen dogs doing what dogs do best: living in the moment. Shot in slow motion, you can really see the dogs’ eyes and how much they’re enjoying themselves. This video makes me smile.
3. Speaking of dogs in cars, Reggie and I will be road tripping to Tennessee to spend Christmas with my mom. He is a good co-pilot, though he doesn’t enjoy it to the same extent as the dogs in that clip. Once we get underway, he spends his time either staring out the window, like this:
Or staring at me, like this:
4. Every holiday season, I watch It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ve probably seen it a dozen times. I could recite entire scenes, playing every part. Maybe the film feels unsophisticated or dated; its message corny and trite, but to me, it only improves with familiarity. We’ve all had times where we feel we’ve made a mess of things and can’t see a way to put them right. But if we only had an angel to show us how many lives we’ve touched in a positive way. At a seminar with some film students in the 1970s, Frank Capra, the film’s director, was asked if there were still a way to make movies about the kinds of values and ideals found in the film. “Well, if there isn’t,” he said, “we might as well give up.”
What are some of your must-see holiday classic movies?
5. At my house, we open presents on Christmas morning, taking turns. We’ve been doing it this way for years. It allows everyone gets to see what everyone else got and there’s some appreciation for all of those gifts you spent weeks buying. But if the whole family has gathered, it can stretch the gift part of the day longer than the lines at Space Mountain in Disney World. (In fact, it’s a lot like waiting for Space Mountain, come to think of it – a lot of hanging around, looking forward to two minutes of thrill.) Then I recently learned that many households do the free-for-all opening process which leaves your living room in a tidal wave of discarded wrapping paper, but preserves your sanity.
How does your family open gifts?
Wishing you and your families a peaceful and joyful holiday!