Season’s greetings from 2 Dope Sistahs!
We are taking a Christmas break, but we will return on January 6 with fresh posts for 2014.
Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.
Day 24: Animal
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my neighborhood. We have snow on the ground and it’s wicked cold (9 degrees as I write this post). So, it’s not a surprise that the only animals I could find outside were actually lawn decorations.
Da Hype 1
It is not Christmas until I play my favorite songs. As a kid, we would all decorate the Christmas Tree to the Jackson 5 Christmas album. We would pretend to be all of the Jacksons and even say the lines to the skits at the beginning of each song. For me Christmas has to have a soundtrack and my soundtrack is as follows:
5. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”
4. James Brown “Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto”
3. The Jackson 5’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
2. The Temptions’ “Silent Night”
1. Donnie Hathaway’s “This Christmas”
Da Realist 1
The first part of my soundtrack sounds like church on Christmas morning. I’m sitting in the front row next to my great-grandmother and the choir is performing wonderful renditions of all the standards–“Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” etc. The second part of my soundtrack consists of the songs I hear on the radio during December. So, I’ve narrowed my list to five. I think readers might find it. . . eclectic.
5. “Santa Baby,” Eartha Kitt
4. “O Come All Ye Faithful,” Luther Vandross
3. “Let It Snow,” Boyz II Men
2. “Do You Hear What I Hear,” Whitney Houston
1. “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby (Also my favorite Christmas movie)
Now you know what we like. What’s your favorite Christmas song?
Da Realist 1
What do I like most about winter? Oh, that’s easy-peasy. Christmas decorations–the tree (I prefer real), lights, ornaments, wreaths, poinsettias, personalized stockings, tablecloths, napkins, salt-and-pepper shakers, kitchen towels. I have it all! (No Christmas sweaters, though. I decorate my house, not myself.)
Like so many things that I treasure, decorating for Christmas makes me think of my family. I was the official tree-trimmer for my great-grandmother. She had a small artificial tree in her living room closet, and she always let me decorate it, probably because she didn’t want to be bothered with it. But it made me feel important that she saved that job for me. At my house, my mother and I always trimmed the tree together. We had special ornaments, some of them I made at school in the 5th grade.
Many people have commented on the joy I seem to get out of decorating for Christmas. Last week my husband noticed that I was quite jolly when I got out the box with all of our Christmas goodies. “You loooove Christmas,” he observed. I had a friend in college who referred to me as “The Christmas Elf”–a not so veiled reference to my height, I’m sure–because of all the Christmas-themed paraphernalia I had in my apartment.
Da Hype 1
What I like most about Winter is everything warm. It’s the contrast of coming in from the cold outside, to getting into my warm bed that I love. A hearty thanks to Da Realist 1 for the electric blanket she bought for me. Anyway, I love the idea of drinking hot caramel apple cider, Earl Grey lattes, and other hot drinks. I long for the moments in which I sneak a half hour or more and sip my favorite drink, turn on the fire place, and read my favorite book in my favorite chair. That is my Great Winter Escape!
Like Da Realist 1, I also like the Christmas season. What I really enjoy about Christmas is listening to Christmas songs. I won’t tell you my favorite Christmas song; come back to next week’s Wacky Wednesday for that!!