Love Peace and TV

Christmas was very mellow. Small family gathering, the organic style. Just being in the same house is good.

It wasn’t about “stuff.”

Our world is filled with stuff. It’s out there everywhere. You don’t even need to go looking for it. It finds you. Follows you home like a stray dog.

Love and affection, family is the icing on the get-together cake. Making a big late breakfast — eggs, spinach, a variety of turkey sausage, cinnamon scones, coffee — all yummy.

Chocolate oranges, delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies (thanks, Emily!), simple sandwiches, special sticky brownies, Columbo, 30 Rock, repeating cycles of A Christmas Story all with warm sunny weather made Dec. 25, ’09 a great day.

Slooow and lazy days are the real luxury.

There were a few lovely things that made their way into our collection — Laurel Canyon,  a beautiful book about that magic place in LA, beautiful handmade rings for Frank and I from Paxton Gate in San Francisco, dvds of cartoons from the 30s, handmade caps for Frank and Granny, a new freshly stuffed catnip squid for Sam.

The Christmas season also intensified the email ads I receive for products from my favorite sellers. Amazon got me today with 800 albums for $5 each. I bought Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus; Maria Callas Legend;  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The First Born is Dead; Funkadelic’s Maggotbrain. That’s $20 bucks well spent.

For me, unrepentant cinema lover, the passing of Christmas and New Year’s Day means I am that much closer to a guilt-free orgy of film-going. December is the time to get a feeling for what films will be included in the 2010 awards season.

We’ve seen Bright Star, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Taking Woodstock, so far. I’m sure as the lists are clarified Anderson Prime 11 Cinemas will bring them in.

A quick check reveals that we have quite a few from which to choose. Now showing at Prime 11 in Anderson: Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Up in the Air, The Princess and the Frog and Invictus.

Yikes! Frank and I better apply ourselves to the task.

Time for a little more tea and some plushie refinement.

May you all relax into your pleasurable time.

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