The holidays appear to be picking up steam and the excitement of Christkind (I will write about how the Swiss family celebrate actual Christmas next week) coming has little boys and girls all behaving like kids that ingested amphetamines and too many sugar laden drinks – yet – they are “angelic” in behavior.
I wager one can be a manic-depressive and when you look into the kid’s eyes with the genuine childlike joy of Christmas they have, you will cheer up. It is a beautiful thing to see. In the United States, I am not sure if I didn’t notice it because I was not around kids much? Or the meaning of Christmas has been piled under so many sales and layers of shopping consumerism, that it chokes the life out of the actual Christmas spirit?
As I type, I am flashing back to Christmas songs playing in Starbucks in September a few years ago. Ick.
While I will miss time with half of my family in the states, I giggle and smile watching my mother and father prepare for the arrival of their grandkids for Christmas. My prayer is that the weather is good, as Mom and Dad are so excited, a bit like little kids, that their little (grown up) grandkids are coming.
I smile in admiration with watching my father work the Christmas cookie system mom has had working overtime this year. He turns into a young child, gets to savor and taste all, and his adult brain seems to have mastered game theory and he really seems to have a steady diet of cookies and a giant smile upon his face. Go figure!
Mom just shakes her head, “He has so much energy because he is eating so many cookies!”
I expect massive spoiling of the grandkids will transpire this year. That is the part I would love to be a little mouse in the room to watch happen. “Sarah, Michael, Santa brought a shipping container this year!”
Me? I really don’t have a clue what the plans are. I just finished the digital Christmas card. Most of you will get this one in an email on December 24th. It is odd, that for the past years, I was always making interesting cards. This year I have my wife in it, and I must say, her xmas hat touch is what made me laugh at myself when I photo shopped it on myself this morning.
Maybe the Christmas cheer is coming through some odd times? I haven’t had a belly laugh like that in a long time – of course, people probably thought I was just weird, as they never heard me laugh that hard before.
All I know is somehow after I said a prayer a few nights ago, Christmas is starting to shape and happen. I am in another country, still don’t speak the language, and really have to simply just say, “what do you want, god? Do whatever you want.”
When I do that, things happen that are indeed good.
Now I have a few hours to put together all the elements of the ideas for Xmas that I have for my wife.
I am not sure is she will love or hate what is being comprised, all I know is that all of it came from the heart.
Alas, how men and women think is very different. Off I go to more digital fun, I promised my brother in law his website would be done for a Christmas present. And I will play some Unheilig CD I will burn into my Iphone so I can hear it on the present I got my wife last year, a full audio spectrum MP3 player that astounded me with the range and sound pressure levels. (Unheiling’s cd with the train on the cover- seems to like putting a Swedish death metal singer, cirque du solei, and trans Siberian orchestra into a blender while having Beethoven hold the blender and take a piss into a stack of Marshall amps that are turned “on.”
As mentioned, I had no idea high levels of low frequencies audio bothers my wife so much. All it did for me is make me want to crap my pants, but alas, that was when we tried matrixing 8 subwoofers pumping i think 2500 or 5000 watts a speaker box and imploded the sound levels into ourselves while trying to find a way to have a directional beam in a wave that is 72 feet long. (god, thank you, that was some fun times in my life)
Normally, i like the sound pressure levels to be, “loud enough where my balls vibrate sitting in a chair, yet, the entire audio spectrum is so clear and clean that it does not hurt your ears.” (yes, that is my scientific approach to a good rock mix)
Yeah…geek boy that played with uncompressed full audio spectrum learned that high levels of low frequency sound will have an adverse effect on the lower bowel region of a human body.
So who knew i would marry someone with tinnitus who when she tunes how she likes to hear – it sounds like a bunch of chipmunks or squirrels who got their balls caught in a mousetrap screaming for help. “OWWWW THIS HURTS MY BAAAALLLLLSSSSS! HHEEEEEELLLLP!!!! (then say it in German, so i don’t even understand it!)
yes, that is about what her mix sounds like to my ears.
I can only conclude, this indeed must be love for us to still be together. Merry Christmas.