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Tuesday, 25 December, 2001

Well, despite the lack of a chimney, Santa managed to pay a visit to the condo. Loads of lovely things including a handmade ornament from Sarah (beautiful!) and a Voodoo Doll Kit from Laurie (oh my). Santa-Mom filled a stocking with goodies, including the ubiquitous mouse that must appear each year. Normally Santa-Mom also includes a pack of Boton Rice Candy and Chocolate Coins, but he/she has been a little busy this year. I think that the box of See's Molasses Chip candy more than makes up for it though. I also got the newly released Godfather Trilogy on DVD, some great cookbooks and the 2002 William Wegman Puppies calendar from Mom and Dad.

There was one thing that was really bothering me about Christmas this year. Aside from the fact that I didn't go out to California to see my family and this cold, I mean.

I hadn't watched "Miracle on 34th Street." I watched "A Christmas Story" and "It's a Wonderful Life", but the only "Miracle" that I had noted in the TV guide was the 1994 version, not the original.

Have to admit, I am a "Miracle" snob. Only the 1947 version will do - and it has to be the black and white one, not that colorized imposter. I have never even tried to watch any of the three remakes - the original cast are the embodiment of the characters, so the new actors would be mere interlopers. I can understand the remake of "Oceans Eleven" since the original film was really bad, but I have to wonder about the intelligence of the people who decide to remake a successful movie, especially a classic.

I was beginning to think I wasn't going to be able to have a proper Christmas, but I checked the listings this morning and lo and behold - a 24 hour 1947 "Miracle" Marathon is playing on AMC Cable! Apparently I'm not the only one the views it as a holiday necessity. So as I type, Edmund Gwenn has just climbed into the sleigh in the Macy's parade...ah...that's better...

While I was flipping through channels last night I came across a familiar face. Our friend Don is an ER doctor at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii - he and his wife Nan have been good friends for many years and my Mom will be staying at their house when she goes back in a few weeks. So I was quite suprised when I saw Don on TV - he was on TLC's "Life in the ER" series! Each week the show travels to a different hospital in the US and features a couple of trauma surgeons and ER docs as they go through their days - Don was his usual low-key and humorous self. I called Mom to tell her, but unfortunately they don't have cable yet - because their daughter [me] hasn't gotten their Christmas present installed [hint, hint] - so she wasn't able to watch it. But I taped it when the show repeated late last night, and will send it to them.

Look at that... Kris Kringle is singing a Christmas carol with the little Dutch girl...my holiday is complete.

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Quote du jour:

"Sparrows who emulate peacocks
are likely to break a thigh."

-- Burmese Proverb

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