CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

December 21, 2014

Seasonal Enthusiasm…Or Not


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

SEASONAL ENTHUSIASM…OR NOT

 Traditions are difficult to maintain in a nomadic lifestyle combined with normal life changes. I could never quite keep up with the triple holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve—while settling and resettling in new communities. Now, however, we’ve been settled for a while…or at least, until we must move again.

My husband Monte and I have begun what I think is a new tradition tied in with my December birthday.

Last year Monte wanted to take me to a Christmas buffet at a restaurant at our local airport.

“Only if we can go dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus,” I said.

We had a great time.

We followed up that experience with being the Claus couple while ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. This, it seems, encourages more giving and gains lots of smiles.

This year we repeated the performance. Afterward our lunch we went shopping. Each place we ended up with photographs, which will complete this post on getting seasonal.

DeNunzio Restaurant at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Latrobe PA

DeNunzio Restaurant at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Latrobe PA

Is his beard really real?

Is his beard really real?

At Office Max...

At Office Max…

Store employees have gift lists too

Store employees have gift lists too

Santa in the grocery store?

Santa in the grocery store?

Guess who made a bank deposit?

Guess who made a bank deposit?

Santa in a bank?

Santa in a bank?

Shh...don't tell anyone what I want for Christmas

Shh…don’t tell anyone what I want for Christmas

Ringing the Bell in Ligonier, PA

Ringing the Bell in Ligonier, PA

Donations welcome, and needed

Donations welcome, and needed

Even children can be encouraged to give

Even children can be encouraged to give

NOTE: The WordPress prompt for December 19, 2014, is Getting Seasonal: The holiday season: can’t get enough of it, or can’t wait for it all to be over already? Has your attitude toward the end-of-year holidays changed over the years? Playing the Claus’s has brightened our holidays, and hopefully we will continue this tradition in future years.

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6 Comments »

  1. Oops! Did anyone else notice a typo? Latrobe, PA easily became Patrobe, PA!

    Comment by Karen Hegedus — December 21, 2014 @ 3:48 am | Reply

    • BTW, great looking Mr. & Mrs. Santa!

      Comment by Karen Hegedus — December 21, 2014 @ 3:49 am | Reply

    • Thank you Karen. I stand corrected. So does my typo. Carolyn

      Comment by carolyncholland — December 21, 2014 @ 9:29 am | Reply

  2. As they say, “pictures tell an amazing story”. And they do. Thanks for sharing, and Merry Christmas, Monte and Carolyn.

    Comment by David — December 21, 2014 @ 8:06 am | Reply

  3. Delightful! Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by merry101 — December 25, 2014 @ 1:11 am | Reply

  4. Both of you should get awards – Carolyn for her creative idea – Monte for being a loving long suffering willing to please hubby !

    Comment by Grace (&Fred) — December 25, 2014 @ 9:58 am | Reply


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