Friday, December 26, 2008

Before you came there had been no sacrifices for a year.

A belated Merry Christmas to all.

Personally, I had an absolutely wonderful, stress-free holiday owing in no small part to the fact we were pretty much snowed-in. We had a ball sledding down the driveway, building snow forts and snowmen and having snowball fights.

But my favorite part of the holiday besides living in a Rockwell painting was that my kids, no longer believers in Santa, STILL had to wake me up at 5:00 a.m. on Christmas morning because they were excited. This left us a couple of tortured hours to kill waiting for my mom to arrive so we could open presents.

My oldest suggested we read a Christmas story to pass the time. Does she whip out a copy of something by Seuss or Livingston? Hell no. She pulls out her worn copy of Lovecraft and begins reading "The Festival" aloud.

"It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas though they know in their hearts it is older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than Memphis and mankind."

We passed the story around, continuing where the last person had left off but at some point we got a little silly and our attempts at making the story sound ominous devolved into cartoon voices.

You may have travelled the world or sky-dived or bungee-jumped but I'm here to tell you that you really haven't lived until you're heard Mickey Mouse read H.P. Lovecraft on Christmas morning.

I hope that y'all had a holiday like mine where I came out on the other end feeling MORE sane. That sort of thing's a rarity.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

You know you've raised them right when they want to read Lovecraft on Christmas morn. :)

Lockwood said...

"you really haven't lived until you're heard Mickey Mouse read H.P. Lovecraft on Christmas morning." What a pleasing image! And yeah, I was lucky like you... very relaxed break.

Dean Wormer said...


that's what I was thinking.


It was a peaceful Christmas for a change.

Don Snabulus said...

That sounds like fun. We had a much smaller Christmas Eve due to the weather. Having a white Christmas was special too.

I wish the MiniSnab had a good sledding area. I think she had fun anyway.

Swinebread said...

Now THAT is what christmas is all about...

Plus the evil Dagon chick is getting me all hot and bothered!

Glad it wnet so well.

Cthulhu and christmas just go together don't they!

Mauigirl said...

Sounds like a great Christmas! Glad you and your family had such fun.

Distributorcap said...

no one read to me

hope you had a great xmas

Fran said...

What an image! The Dean Farber family, the Lovecraft, Christmas.

Ahhhh. Life is very sweet.

Randal Graves said...

That's the coolest thing ever short of Yog-Sothoth bearing gifts.

Overdroid said...

The stars are right. barum-ba-bum-bum.