It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I can hear Andy Williams singing it now! Actually, I am quite fond of holiday music. And our local “oldies” station apparently has gone to all holiday music all the time until Christmas. WOO HOO

But I’m already getting into the music and even have ideas for my parents gifts already (which is shocking to me).

It amazes me that we’re already at the weekend before Thanksgiving. Crazy. And what a busy weekend it will be. Tonight Randy and I are playing cards with Marin at Marin’s new loft in the South End. Tomorrow we’re meeting up with J.P and Earl (see blog link on right) for lunch or dim sum or something (it’ll be my first time meeting them). Saturday night we’re heading to a party, and on Sunday I’m checking out that condo again…and also going to an open house for another one.

Good times.

Then it’s a half week of work and the holiday season is officially upon us! I wonder what Macy’s is going to do with Downtown Crossing this year? Normally there’s a big celebration at the old Filene’s department store. But now that they devoured that company and the building is all but abandoned (awaiting construction of a 38 story residential building on top), I at least hope Macy’s did something to spruce up the area for the season. It’s bad enough they got rid of Jordan Marsh. Then they got rid of Jordan Marsh’s enchanted village (the city now displays it on City hall Plaza). But now there’s no more Filene’s and I fear we’ll lose their tree, lights and bells.

I can be so nostalgic and sentimental sometimes.


  1. Comment by karyn on November 17, 2006 10:56 am

    It’s really weird, given how vehemently agnostic – no, atheistic – you are, that you are allllllllll about the holidays.

    Is it just the soundtrack and the shiny baubles and twinkling lights? Oh – and the promise of getting presents for no damn reason? You do make me wonder.

  2. Comment by snarl on November 17, 2006 11:02 am

    Yeah, it is odd that I’m iso into Christmas, yet I’m atheist.

    I just like the music, the lights and the modernized ideas behind it (family, giving, etc…). The whole birth of Jesus thing is secondary to me.

    I could deal without the commercialization, though.

  3. Comment by karyn on November 17, 2006 11:31 am

    Oh that is certainly true… you are all about family and giving and a down-home, peaceful easy feeling.

    And sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, fluffy kittens and butterflies.

    Of course… the sun will melt the lollipops and make them all sticky and whatnot, and the fluffy kittens will pounce on and maul and devour the butterflies… but then, I guess I am a little dark compared to your lighthearted, goodwill-imparting, festive self, yes?

    Bring on the season of giving! Bring on the nog! Bring on the brightly decked halls , festooned with birds in trees and sparkly bits!


  4. Comment by Will on November 17, 2006 11:49 am

    Are J.P. and Earl visiting Boston or have they moved here?

    I can’t imagine what’s left of the native merchandising community NOT putting on some sort of Christmas display near Downtown Crossing (and we’re told the city may try to eliminate even that name soon in favor of something else) but the whole area is so disspirited now you never know.

  5. Comment by Steve on November 18, 2006 6:59 am

    Now I can’t get that song out of my head. Thanks a lot.

  6. Comment by Keith Wallace, American Wine Foundation on November 18, 2006 12:48 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful note. Growing up in Boston was such a great pleasure. It saddens me to hear that some of my cherished childhood memories are, well, memories.

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