Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas wrap up... part 3

I love this gift wrap. I don't recall what was in it anymore, but the paper was delightfully retro:

I went to a few Christmas concerts this year. The first one was a barbershop choir:

It cost $50 a ticket, but you ate delicious food and you got to hear wonderful singing.

I noticed that my party (wife, kid & I) were the only ones that didn't have a family member up on the risers.

I guess that we were the only ones that wanted to see a guy with a giant mustache sing about the birth of Christ even if he wasn't my uncle.

I also saw a grade school concert:

My nephew was in this one. I tried to get a photo where I could see him, but that didn't happen.
No giant mustaches here, and no mention of Jesus or even Christmas.
This was a public school so that means you get tons of talk of snow and winter, but little else.

I know talk of "The War on Christmas" or whatever it's called angers some peeps, and I don't feel like doing that. But it really felt like no one mentioning the elephant in the room and awkwardly beating around the bush.

It felt like people trying to point out your fly is down without saying it.

I think I just compared the birth of our savior with a zipper. I better move on:

This was a concert in Princeton NJ featuring Santa playing a harpsichord (I think) and Snowy the Snowman dancing.

Here see how it looks from another angle:


I also went to Sesame Place's Furry Christmas about a dozen times and saw multiple Christmas themed shows with muppets dancing and talking about snow and Santa.

On Christmas Eve I dressed as Santa, read "Twas The Night Before Christmas" and I ate fish.

The feast of the seven fishes is an Italian tradition and being Italian (and hungry) I ate seven different types of sea creatures.

It was ordinary stuff like crab & shrimp for the most part. Back when my grandma was around we got the more exotic stuff like eel.

Not sure what I'd prefer.

I also spent an afternoon listening to Christmas records. Everything from classics with Bing Crosby to a wacky Christmas mystery record with Scooby Doo.

But that's not all!

To be continued... again.

Seriously, I intended to put this all into one post. I just had too much fun for one post!

Hopefully the next one will be last.


  1. Didn't you used to be Sweetie Guy Hutchinson? What's with the name change? That's like on What's Happening when Ernest Thomas (Raj) suddenly started being listed as Ernest Lee Thomas at the beginning of a season. Next thing you'll start wearing glasses with no lenses(that's another What's Happening reference just in case for some reason you are not a fan of the show).

  2. I don't know how I missed this comment! Nice to hear from you...
    I always say "There are 3 types of people in this world: those that make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who watch reruns of What's Happening!"

    As for the name change, when I started working with The Ken PD Snydecast I dropped the nickname "Sweetie" since it is the nickname of the host's wife.