Thursday, January 03, 2013

2013 Bucket List

Bucket Lists- Do you have one?

I have had a pint-sized canning jar filled with lists of places and things I want to see for as long as I can remember. I have also had a list of books that I have always wanted to read that has grown as I acquired more suggestions on the wonderful Goodreads website.

Okay, I need to stop regressing...
One of the things on my list this past year has been acquiring a Passport and getting a few stamps posted in said book. Our family going on our christmas cruise checked off one of those bucket items. We got the Passport but they never had to stamp our passports because of the nice Sail and Sign card that Carnival does for all passengers (It's like a private charge card).  That was a bummer for me. I guess the photos that I took in all 4 countries will have to suffice instead of the stamps.

This past Saturday we had a really nice dinner at my parent's house. When I walked into their kitchen on the fridge they had a montly bucket list of fun things that they want to accomplish for that particular month and I was inspired.

A family and a Couple's bucket list for each month of 2013 seems like a perfect idea.
School and homework is going to be taking over the next 4 months and while those months are flying by we will be cruising towards our time in Utah to see Devin graduate and marry his sweetheart Aliza. That alone is an amazing thing to look forward to. Having little things though would be an added bonus.

Here are a few things that I would like to do in the next year:


Christmas lingerings


O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Dein Kleid will mich
was lehren:
Die Hoffnung und Beständigkeit
Gibt Trost und Kraft
zu jeder Zeit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Das soll dein Kleid
mich lehren.
(Literal English Translation of first verse)
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
Your dress wants to
teach me something:
Your hope and durability
Provide comfort and strength
at any time.
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree,
That's what your dress should
teach me.

Lines oh how you touch me.
drawing me snap back to a shimmering
berry, pine wintertime.

Soprano, Alto, Tenor
throaty notes hang in the room
in spaces never imagined they could.

Warmth embracing, memories creating
all around the meager Tannenbaum cut down
by unseen hands carefully picked
by three shivering blonde frolickers.

Our soft buttery wrinkled
Grandma whom
our tannenbaum embodies
encircles us protectively like
the tender woody scented branches.

Bright baubles hang from our tannenbaum and her ivory neck
berry, gold, navy, silver
jingling from escaped laughter of delight.

Years of living alone has made her
strong like the trunk of that tannenbaum.
She and our jolly song come from the mother country
of Germany.

Lined on our fireplace sit red Jolly Santa or green haloed Angel Christmas plates laden with butter cookies, tangy small oranges, Santa, Snowman and Reindeer foiled chocolate balls,
hard shelled and soft centered red and green candy,
plastic wrapped small red and white entwined candy canes,
hard gold foiled chocolate coins, twisted red, green and white ribbons
combined with colorful hard candies.

We little girls stare at those plates anticipating
the flavors touching our tongues.
Sugar Plums might be dreamed about in other households
but not ours, we celebrate at eventide.

Our Tannebaum is forgetten but not the night
it is silently buzzing electric currents of excitement for the moment
when we finally get to open
numerous brightly wrapped and ribboned presents
protected from our hands by the program the adults have insisted we endure each year.

Tanned strong fingers pluck out notes on white and black keys
breaking the silence,
a new song for us to sing this one another tribute to
love and birth, all from my grandma's mother tongue:

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, 
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Halleluja,
Tönt es laut von fern und nah:
Christ, der Retter ist da!
Christ, der Retter ist da!

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb' aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund'.
Christ, in deiner Geburt!
Christ, in deiner Geburt!

It Happened on Fifth Avenue

While our family was on our cruise I happened to set the DVR to  record this movie. I had no idea what the movie was about. I only recorded it because Alan Hale Jr. was in it and I wanted to see the Skipper from Gilligan's Island as a younger man.
I am so delighted that I did.  This is a fantastic movie. I am suprised that it is not as well known of a special Christmas movie as lets say "It's a Wonderful Life" since it holds such wonderful messages of Love, kindness, and how giving and hard work can do to make you a better person. The movie is about a hobo and  his new found friends who move into a mansion while the owners are out of town for their Christmas holiday.
Here are a few scenes from the movie (forgive me the scenes I found are not the best quality, but good anyway).  The Hobo is amazing. He is wise beyond his means. 
I couldn't find any scenes were the Hobo gives his best lines and I am sorry about that because I wanted to give you a better taste of how fantastic this movie is 

The following scene is hilarious. The man buying the suit is the 2nd richest man in the world Michael O'Conner. He is at this second hand store so that he can infiltrate his own home where his daughter has been acting as an unemployed woman named Trudy (Gail Storm)  because she wanted a little fun and is falling in love with Jim Bullock (Don Defore) a veteran who is taken in by the hobo.

Interestingly enough- he has been kicked out of his leased apartment because the building is being demolished by the owner--- Michael O'conner. That's right the same man who owns the house they are all living in.

The store owner gives some of the best comedy lines in the whole movie (or so I think.)

If you have never seen this movie. Make it a goal to see it. I saw it on TCM. I am a TCM movie junkie. I absolutely adore old movies. This movie will be put on the list of movies to watch every Christmas season just like It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story, Charlie Brown's Christmas, White Christmas and The Bells of St. Mary.