Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening to The Day Before The Day Before CHRISTMAS?

Happy Wednesday!!! And happy two days to CHRISTMAS!!!!! I had a brief thought of “gee, am I being overly Christian by being all Christmas?” and then I thought “nah, I’m just being me” and stopped worrying about it.

I’ll start!

Reading: My sister sent me this amazing twitter thingy which I hope I am embedding correctly. Because it perfectly describes the weirdness of Christmas through the eyes of someone being embedded in the celebration for the first time.

https://mobile.twitter.com/MohammadHussain/status/1340439172687998981

Watching: I just started Jingle Jangle. Those of you who have seen it, is it as good as it looks like it will be?

Thinking: Angie had an earthquake! I need an update on that! And Genevieve’s son is turning NINE!!! That’s like a Big Boy, right? No longer a little boy? And Emily’s Christmas mail order gift, WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE? Also, Patricia and Maria’s snowstorm, Filmikudhi’s dog present plans, Popka’s hosting on Boxing Day, and Courtney’s bedroom furniture.

Listening: Whatever, I’m putting up an American Christmas song!!!! Straight No Chaser has a new album, recorded in quarantine, and it is lovely. This song/video in particular.

Now, question for you! Really pretty simple, it’s Christmas week, the holiday is about togetherness and caring and stuff, so I want to check in with you! What are you doing for the next few days? Are you keeping yourself happy?

My parents are coming over tomorrow afternoon and we are going to have a small family Christmas at my place. All our packages successfully arrived at my sister’s house, and Dad is dropping off a bag of presents for Grandpa and his caregivers at the front gate of the nursing home tomorrow. I’m a little worried about my aunt who has spent every Christmas of her entire life with Grandpa and can’t this year, but I am sure she will figure something out to make her happy. My Dad’s kidney stone is still doing it’s weird kidney thing, but he has a pill schedule all worked out now so it’s not too bad. And tomorrow we get to see our church’s virtual Christmas service, which will include a virtual choir that my parents were part of, and a virtual Pageant that should be fun.

48 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening to The Day Before The Day Before CHRISTMAS?

  1. Work is a weird combination right now of slow with the option of still getting crazy before I’m done for the holidays. So in theory I have time to do all the sing-alongside on rudelsingen.de. In practice, my son would immediately be outside the bedroom door and wanting to be let into my workspace. Thank god he mostly takes his midday naps outside.

    For Christmas, we’re pretty much doing everything the way we would have done it without the pandemic. My wife’s brother, mother and grandmother are staying with us through the weekend, I’m serving duck on Friday with pears poached in Glühwein as a dessert. After that, I plan to spend the rest of the holidays trying to set up the little music box my son is getting from his uncle, play with his new Lego construction site and maybe even solve a case from our Sherlock Holmes game with my brother-in-law. Only difference is, we have to disassemble my makeshift office before everyone gets here, to make room for the camp bed.

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    • Ooooo! LEGOS!!!!! A gift for the whole family.

      Your son is 2, right? What a great age for a family Christmas!!!! So he is still young enough to be surprised by Christmas, but old enough to enjoy it and like his new toys and stuff.

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  2. Well, if it makes you feel better, literally everything about Christmas celebrations in the US (and parts of Europe but not all of Europe) that isn’t church services and nativity sets is 100% pagan, so it’s automatically inclusive in that way.

    That guy’s observation that Christmas is a full time job from November to Christmas is great and made me laugh a lot. But also, that’s basically what it is meant to be in the pagan origin, so we are doing it right.

    I watched a bunch of Christmas movies but then they started depressing me with all the normal life and normal Christmas stuff so I had to stop. Now it’s only Dolly I will watch tomorrow.

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    • Ah! But! Even the Pagan traditions are only inclusive to temperate climates!!!! Germans moving to the American midwest, totally worked, still had the same snow and trees and stuff. But then I feel all Paganly exclusionary of folks in the southern climates, or in non-temperate climates.

      Watch Dolly!!!! She will cheer you up, because it is not normal life at all and kind of INSANE.

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      • Great, that’s exactly what I want!

        Yes, that’s true. Southern climates should create their own pagan traditions, but considering colonisation, probably shouldn’t borrow from local cultures. Unless local cultures were into that.

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  3. Doing the same Christmas traditions this year like always. Will stay up late tomorrow and enjoy the gifts and all that. Then there shouldn’t be much of anything else ahead. I’ve watched some Christmas movies like the Little Women (1994) and plan on watching some more, as well as some versions of The Nutcracker ballet that I can get my hands on. Basically, enjoying all the things I like doing separate from my family since it’s all TRADITION in our household and there is no getting away or bending or tweaking it with them.

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  4. It’s been a rollercoaster! I was super annoyed last night but then got deliriously happy this morning and went back to being annoyed this afternoon, but making plans to cheer myself up this evening. Last night I watched My Bestfriend’s Christmas, and it was such bad bad sexist crap that I was hurling insults at the TV, hense super annoyed! But then I found out this morning that the new Wonder Women with Gal Gadot and Christ Pine will be released on HBO on Christmas Day!!! I am so excited to watch this! Also, parts of the movie were filmed right by my office, so I will have to see if they made the cut.

    This afternoon, I was impatiently waiting for my treadmill to arrive. Because the little tracker said it was on its way. It was supposed to arrive weeks ago, but was supposedly damaged, returned, and replaced and arriving today. But apparently now it is somewhere in transit (no one knows) and was told I can call back on Monday to figure out an “estimated” ETA. Obviously, in the overall scheme of things, it is not a big deal but I am annoyed.

    I am going to go grocery shopping later today and do more Christmas decorations this evening to cheer myself up.

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    • Most important thing: Christ Pine!!!!! Probably a typo because of Christmas excitement, but I also like to think of him as Christlike in many ways. Especially if he is in the new Wonder Woman, meaning he Rose From the Dead, like Hrithik in Kaho Na Pyar Hai. Also, “Christ Pine” is the perfect name to marry the Pagan and Christian holiday traditions.

      I love my home elliptical! It is the best purchase. Even now when it is making me feel guilty because I’m not using it enough, I still feel better knowing it is there. You will be so happy with your treadmill (whenever it arrives).

      I suspect grocery shopping will not cheer you up. I just heard from a friend who went to a store and had to sit in her car calming herself down for 5 minutes afterwards. Grocery shopping the day before the day before Christmas is terrifying.

      But then you can come home and tell us all about it on DCIB!

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      • I love my typo. Christ Pine is perfect! I am mainly just going to the butcher and ordering the rest online. So hopefully, I will not have a panic attack. Has your family met all of things on the Margaret’s demand list?

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        • NO! We still have to take a drive and look at lights, go for a walk Christmas afternoon, watch Arthur’s Christmas, and my sister has to send us a photo of the baby with a Christmas stocking. I get off work at noon tomorrow and if we just go flat out from then on, I think we can check everything off. Or, we could shorten the list and enjoy life. But that’s madness.

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      • Chris Pine is the Chris who put me over the edge. Officially one too many Chrises. I could not keep them straight and my son had to correct me all the time with his best disappointed 10-year-old face.

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        • It would be helpful if they weren’t all Tall White 30 Something. Where are the elderly Chrisses? The Chrisses of Color? The Short Chrisses?

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  5. So the earthquake was very short, only two quick shakes. I never felt it so strong in all those 12 years I have been living here. At first I was cool, but at the second I hide under the table and called my son. It was over before he reached me. Then my husband came all calm and was like: What are you doing under the table people?

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    • Yuch, I don’t like earthquakes! Somehow they feel like the scariest natural event, you literally lose the ground beneath your feet. I would be under the table with you.

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  6. My bedroom furniture is coming tomorrow!!! Merry Christmas to me!

    It was slightly frustrating, I called multiple times last week cuz that was when I was initially told I would get it, and they said they didn’t have it. I don’t know if I mentioned at all, but every time I called to ask, they said the only thing that was coming in December was my bedframe, and everything else was pushed back to February. I got a call from the furniture store last week while I was still at my parents’ to say the earliest they could deliver it was Christmas Eve, and that everything was coming except a mirror for my dresser, which is fine and more than I expected. So I’m getting a bedframe and a dresser and a night stand. Truly a Christmas miracle.

    And it’s honestly super sweet that you’re thinking of all of us. I haven’t really been reading or watching or listening to anything new except the full Coolie soundtrack is out with two bonus songs that haven’t been released promotionally yet, and of course I’m gonna like it, basically everything they’ve put out so far is good.

    And I’m also on winter break now officially, thank god.

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    • Yaaaaaay, winter break! And YAAAAAAAY, furniture!!!! Moving is so stressful and your move has been dragged out for so many months.

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  7. Thinking – three more days and all three of my boys will now be referred to as the 6-year-old, 9-year-old, and 12-year-old. The 12-year-old is probably the hardest for me. My first, my baby… thank god he hasn’t hit a growth spurt yet and is shorter than all his friends, male and female. He isn’t actually that short, but he has tall friends. Like 9 to you, 12 seems big to me.

    Tomorrow will be my spouse’s last day of quarantine, we might go ice skating with friends, but pretty much it is just us. However, Christmas with kids is FUN. Right now the 6-year-old is so excited he can hardly control himself. His behavior has been dreadful. Does charcoal count as coal, I’ve got some of that in the back yard I can stick in his stocking? (Just kidding) We’ve gotten them too many presents, trying to make up for not being able to see their cousins, but also, because with just us there will be so many fewer presents under the tree. I bought the 12-year-old high lighters and stuck them in a great big Christmas Bag with lots of tissue paper. We’ve made glogg, gingerbread houses, frosted cookies, gone sledding… Truth is I love Christmas Eve, probably my favorite day of the year. Today we cleaned the house, I was actually happy cleaning the house with Christmas carols blasting. I went to the store to buy my friend/neighbor/husband’s co-worker flowers for her 40th birthday (which she gets to spend quarantining). I loved the store. Everyone getting last minute things, long lines but happy faces, or at least happy eyes, everyone was masked.

    We realized that my one of my winter bags, the one that has all my scarfs in it, never made it out of summer storage, and is now hidden behind all the nicely packed away summer stuff. I have too many scarfs, but my neck gets cold, I like wearing them. My husband and I decided I could knit myself another scarf because it would be easier than trying to get the the bag where all the other ones are stored. So now I get to knit myself something and I’m very excited! He can’t even make fun of me and tell me I need more necks. I actually already finished one, and now I’m knitting myself a second.

    Watching – Kal Ho Naa Ho
    I never liked this movie, but you do, so I thought I would watch it again. At first I thought the reason I didn’t like it was because SRK and Priety didn’t have chemistry. But now I think I don’t like it because SRK is doing a bad acting job. He seems fake. Angels don’t really have a lot of depth, his character has no dimension. I’ve kinda shocked myself that I’m criticizing him, but I am.

    I TRIED watching The Knight Before Christmas, but it was SOOOOO boring. I’m finding most Christmas movies boring, except for the Muppet Christmas Carol, the kids and I watched it and it was great. I also did watch the Dolly movie and enjoyed it’s craziness. And I kinda liked Holidate when I saw it last month or so, but now I can’t seem to find anything in English entertaining. But if I want to knit I can’t really read subtitles so I better find something soon, like in the next ten minutes.

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  8. IF my younger son survives one more day without having all his presents confiscated, he will have a Santa present. I was worried and asked a friend if she knew a store where I could buy the thing I’d ordered online, and it happened she was on her lone shopping expedition and she picked up something very like (it’s a little tabletop box easel, he’s gotten into drawing). Then today the package arrived after all, so now we have two. Some lucky friend will be getting one for a birthday present as soon as the occasion presents itself. But then there was one more twist. I made a special trip to the store last weekend and picked up a different roll of wrapping paper because this is the first year I think they might notice if the Santa gifts are wrapped with the same paper as the others. Today, my older son’s teacher was doing a scavenger hunt and one item was wrapping paper, and of course he invaded the basement where he never usually goes and pulled out that new roll of paper. So now I don’t know, I guess I buy another roll? This year is full of unexpected developments. Magic is hard work.

    Watching: We just finished the six episodes of Queen Sono. So good! Really, my favorite after Queen’s Gambit, anyone who likes action should check it out. Also finished Tiny Pretty Things, it went full soap opera at the end but entertaining and pretty satisfying. Spending all that time watching dancers put me in the mood to finally try Yeh Ballet, which I also really enjoyed. After that brutally sad brush with Sai’s episode of Paava Kadhaigal, Yeh Ballet is what restored my equilibrium enough that I could go to sleep. Wasn’t crazy about the white actor who played the teacher, but the young dancers and their families were all great, and I forgot Jim Sarbh was in it so that was a nice surprise.

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    • Oh my, this is a very stressful Christmas!!!! I am SO GLAD the present arrived, even though now it sounds like it might have been better if it didn’t so he could learn a lesson. And that wrapping paper! The Heifer Project sent me a tiny one sheet of wrapping paper this year as a thank you for past donations/encouragement for future. It was so silly, I was thinking “what am I supposed to do with one sheet of wrapping paper?” But maybe they were thinking about Santa households! Here is exactly enough for one present, just from Santa, just in case.

      I honestly don’t remember if Santa used different wrapping paper than my parents did. I’ll ask them, but Santa may not have bothered at our house, since my sister and I were such strong believers nothing could shake it. I don’t know if we even got presents from Santa? Besides the sock gifts.

      Can you swap paper with the neighbors? Use their paper for Santa at your house and they can use yours for Santa at their house?

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      • Ooh yes! Good idea for next year. Today I went near where you stayed when you came to NJ/NY and got paper at the dollar store, and some Indian goodies for stocking stuffers at the cash and carry grocery. Did you know there are jalapeño jalebies?

        Oh, and I got each boy a small coconut! Partly to scare them because they’re hard and coal-like in the stocking, and partly because I think they’ll get a kick out of it, and partly so we can have smashing open coconuts as a family activity.

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        • I love the idea of the coconut! Especially as an emotional release. If it works well, you could get one a week.

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          • One was a dud, one was good. I got instructions in how to buy coconuts, and my husband made the good one into coconut icee for us all to eat, plus I got a funny pic of my youngest holding it up like what is this doing here. Calling it a success!

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          • Yaaaaay! Totally a success! I’m so glad!!!

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  9. It’s my first Christmas alone in many years, but I’m pretty psyched to not be working. I decorated my apartment and bought myself some small gifts of food I don’t usually eat. Tomorrow I’ll just go to a movie, but there are several Zoom get togethers and a day trip with a couple of colleagues planned.

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    • That sounds kind of nice! I’ve never done Christmas alone, but my sister and I did Christmas together with no one else a few years back and it was one of the nicest holidays we ever had. Very little pressure, very low key, very fun.

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  10. I watched Hameshaa, and to my great surprise I didn’t like it. The first half was ok, but the second was such a bore! Nothing was happening, only Kajol was dreaming about the first half of the movie.
    I think that I also didn’t like it because the last reincarnation movie I have seen was Dangerous Ishq, and it was so crazy. Karisma and her lover have been reaincarnated 3 or 4 times to finally be together. They had always the same face, but the villain didn’t, so we wasn’t sure who he is till the last twist. In comparision Hameshaa was so basic and boring.

    From Christmas movies I have only seen Sweetest Christmas. It was cute

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    • I’m surprised too! Hameshaa seems like such an Angie movie. And you are really making me want to watch Dangerous Ishq. Maybe a watchalong next year? After Coolie No 1 and Happy New Year?

      I watched a really good Christmas movie yesterday, Jingle Jangle. It’s not a sappy romance, it’s a fun family kids movie with singing and dancing. So, not really an Angie recommendation, more of a Angie-and-son recommendation.

      Oh, and have we discussed your feelings on Love Actually?

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      • I have seen some parts of Jingle Jangle. I started it with my son, but had to cook, so I saw the first scenes, and later when I was back everybody was old and I was confused.

        Yes for Dangerous Ishq. It’s crazy and has jimmy Shergill.

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        • The same thing happened to me with Jingle Jangle! I was really looking forward to watching it with the kids, then they started it too late one afternoon and after 15 minutes I had to go cook dinner and only caught the end.

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          • It’s good! Try to trick the kids into watching it again, this time while you can join.

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