Archive for December, 2011

Re: Jolly old elf

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

We traveled through Montgomery this weekend, and stopped at a lovely little coffeeshop called Cafe Louisa in Cloverdale.  While enjoying hot tea and a bagel with smoked salmon, I read this article in the Montgomery Advertiser. It seems that, as if today’s parents don’t have enough to worry about, now those smarty-pants kids are using technology to find out whether Santa is for real. To begin with, there are those commercials advertising robo-Santa calls, emails from Santa, and the like, which one station apparently aired during the Christmas parade (hey, what better time?) But this is the one that made me fire up Facebook:

Kyla Kelim of Alabama, caught her oldest, a 9-year-old boy, on her iPad playing Santa sleuth a week or so ago.”We’re so close with him this year, not believing,” she said. “He was Googling ‘san­ta,’ and I saw him type the word ‘myth’ when I grabbed it and said no electronics. I’m constantly having to follow my phone and iPad and stuff around right now. We’re try­ing not to debunk Santa for our 7-year-old.” (more…)

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and Bail Out the Lego Criminal

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Okay, so I don’t go to church, and I  don’t get all bowed up and write emails to management when a store clerk wishes me Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. For me, the ever-darkening days herald only one long ordeal of deplorable excess, demands on both purse and calendar, and in general More Work for Mother. But even we hardened Scrooges still experience frissons, however fleeting, of “the Christmas Spirit.” I myself usually manage ten or fifteen minutes’ worth every year — hardly redemptive, but better than nothing.

So Saturday afternoon, I plunged into the fully decorated Galleria Riverchase Mall, determined to get my fix. (more…)