* Here's another shot that didn't make the Christmas card.
* Mom always fills the adults' stockings with practical things. Aspirin, batteries, dental floss and the like. I love this.
* I avoid teaching the word "wreath". The French say it "Reet" and the Japanese "Leath". Both of these pronunciations cause me to laugh thus undermining student confidence. Best not to go there.
* Spouse is tiring of my constant playing of the Charlie Brown Christmas CD. I've played it dozens of times, as I do every year.
* I have never seen a "flocked" tree for sale up here. Maybe because the real thing is outside. Is it just a California thing?
* I asked my muslim student if he celebrated something at this time of year. He explained that he was going to sacrifice a lamb. He will go out to a farm, slit the animal's throat himself, then the farmer will skin and gut it, and he will take it home and divvy it up to family and charity. Call me crazy, but a tree and presents sound more festive.
* All the snow has melted here and none is forecast before Noel. It'll be my first non-white Christmas in 7 years.
* Despite the lack of snow, this seemed Christmassy. They had bells and they were jingling.