Friday, December 02, 2022

Welcome to the Holiday Season, Charlie Brown

Got a quick start today with breakfast and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Charlie Brown's finding it hard to enjoy the holiday season. He's worried about all the grab, grab around him. Lucy suggests he direct their school Christmas pageant, but it's really more of a jazz concert. Chuck's attempts to get the kids back on track are largely ignored. He buys a tiny live tree to get them into the right spirit, but the girls were expecting one of the pink tinsel trees popular in the mid-60's and make fun of him. Linus finally gives one of the most famous speeches in television history to remind the kids of what Christmas is really all about. 

Went straight out to work after that. We were off-and-on busy the entire day, frequently with large orders and annoying customers. I had a hard time dealing with everything, especially when the sales weren't what they wanted. Thank heavens it slowed down enough by 7:30 for me to rush out with no relief and no need for one.

Got my schedule while I was there, too. Fewer hours, but otherwise, this is far better than the last few weeks have been. Sunday off for Amanda's visit and Tuesday for my dental appointment and counseling, only one short and late night, nothing earlier than 11:30. 

A big package waited for me when I got home. Lauren's annual box from Kimberly-Clark arrived! Lauren and her parents own some small stock in the tissue company. She always sends me a box of their products for Christmas every year. I kept the two squares and the packs of tissues and the Cottonelle wipes. Gave the Viva paper towels and the car towels to a friend who could use them. I'll send my brother in Virginia and his wife the baby wipes and coupons for diapers in their box. 

Watched It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown while I went through the box and had dinner. This time, Chuck's trying to sell wreaths to buy the Little Red Haired Girl a Christmas present. Snoopy's efforts as a sidewalk Santa aren't always appreciated, especially by Lucy. Peppermint Patty and Marcie attend the Hallelujah Chorus, and Patty's upset when her best friend gets to be Mary in the school pageant, and she's stuck being a sheep. Meanwhile, Sally struggles to remember her one line. 

Finished the night online after a shower. Started with the holiday episode of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, 'The Ghost of Christmas Past," at YouTube. Claymore finds a baby in his car and brings it to Carolyn Muir to take care of for Christmas Eve. Mrs. Muir doesn't mind that much, but she really has her hands full, and Claymore just will not sell them a good tree cheap. Resident ghost Captain Gregg gives them all the gift of a dream for Christmas, one with Claymore as a Scrooge who learns a lesson about being kind to his family.

Switched to Tubi for Nutcracker: The Motion Picture. This is a recording of the Seattle Ballet's version of the show, with grotesque Maurice Sendak costume and set designs. We get a nifty opening showing Godfather Drosselmeyer working on the toys and dreaming of Clara. Oh, and Clara starts out as a child in the party sequences, but they switch to her being an adult with the Nutcracker in the Land of Sweets, and she and the Nutcracker do perform the Sugar Plum Fairy's dances. The Asian dancers lead around a huge grotesque monster. The Arabic Coffee dancer is a slender peacock with pastel feathers, and Mother Ginger's children dance around a painted backdrop. 

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