The stockings were hung by the chimney with care -- 12/24/04

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

It's not a White Christmas... we've had colder weather come back but the rain we got on Thursday ended before it could change to snow. Temperatures have been on a roller coaster this week. At the beginning of the week we were well below freezing, down into the low single digits and yet on Thursday I was quite comfortable running in shorts and a long-sleeved t-shirt as temperatures had swung up into the fifties. The temperature is dropping and will be into the twenties over night.

I'm a big fan of It's a Wonderful Life (have been since I was a kid) and Nancy and I are quite fond of watching it on Christmas Eve. A revival movie house in Westerly is showing it today using a restored print but we just didn't have the time to spare today -- I had to get groceries and Nancy is baking cookies and tonight we are going to a Christmas Eve church service. However, I came upon a somewhat truncated version of the film on the Internet -- a presentation of It's a Wonderful Life in thirty seconds, starring cartoon bunnies in all roles (plus, just like DVD versions of films, you can see some extra scenes after it ends. Check it out; it's a cute little Christmas treat.

Christmas day is going to be a day to relax and enjoy. A few entries back I had mentioned that I would probably be cooking a turkey to bring over to my mother-in-law's for Christmas dinner... but now plans have changed, my sister-in-law has invited us all over to her house for Christmas dinner so I won't even have to do any cooking on Christmas Day (except maybe some breakfast, it's nice sometimes to have a real breakfast with eggs or pancakes)

Did a bit of grocery shopping today -- just a small shopping, did a big shopping yesterday. (Jill just started a new job yesterday, working it my favorite supermarket.) There were so many people out shopping! Got it a nice workout on the exercise bike in the basement plus a little bit of work with weights (note the word "little" -- I'm not bench-pressing two hundred pounds or anything remotely like that). I did a three and a half mile run yesterday and it felt better than it has recently. Nancy and I had an early dinner then went to church for Christmas Eve service. When we came home we finished wrapping presents -- that didn't take long because we had already wrapped most things. We sat around in the living room with the tree all lit up and presents piled up beneath it, just relaxing, sipping a glass of wine and talking.

And now it's past midnight, Nancy's already gone to bed and I had better post this and go to bed myself. They say Santa won't land his sleigh on the roof if people are still up.

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