Tidbits - December30, 2021

TIDBITS by RALPH SHEALY


WORN OUT
  The older I get, the more the holidays wear me out.
  Oh, I don’t have to do anything, except buy presents, but I have to go to many places and eat the food other people prepare. All the food was so good. You all know what I mean.
  My cousin Danny Thompson said he was going to lose 70-lbs. next year. I told him I was going to lose weight, too, but I have to dispose of all this Christmas treats first. Oh, I could give or throw them away, but what fun is that.
  I wrote a few issues ago how I had grown not to like chocolate covered cherries, because I got 12 boxes one Christmas. Well, the old saying true. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  I got a small box as a gift, five pieces, and I ate them all within five minutes on Christmas morning. They were very good. What a shame!
  I bought my Mother a box of Whitman’s Sampler for Christmas, and when I got to the check-out I was told they were  buy one get one free. So, I got a free one.
  Now, I could have given my mother both boxes, but she doesn’t have that much space in her room at SNC....
  But I am going to cut back on sweets, and soon as I get through with all these sweets.
  I have to cutback. I have three “funeral and wedding” suits I can’t wear. Oh, the jackets are fine. It’s the pants I can’t fasten. What’s so  bad is all the pants have expandable waistlines, but I have exceeded the limits.
  Yes, I have a navy blue blazer, which would fit the funeral-wedding scene,  a couple actually, but it’s the principle of the thing.
  Before the pandemic, I’d wear dress pants to work four days week, wearing jeans only on Wednesday, paper delivery day.
  Now, I wear jeans four days a week, and dress pants only on Tuesday when I go to Greenwood to pick-up the papers. These pants are elasticized and fit. All my church dress pants also have extended waists and still fit. I don’t know why my suits pants don’t work.
  I’ll let you all know when I can wear my suits again.
  Our family Christmas gatherings began at Graham and Sherra Bowdler’s house. The wonderful thing about living in the South at Christmas time is most of the activities on December 11 were held outside. There was even a bouncy house and the kids loved it.
  The following Saturday, Sherra put on her photo-grapher’s hat to take Dibbie’s family’s costume photos. I joined them again this year.
  Last year’s first ever photos were such a hit on Facebook, we had to do it again. We had scenes from “A Christmas Story” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” I dressed as Ebenezer Scrooge.
  This year the theme was Christmas songs: “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, and Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.”
  My assignment this year was “The Little Drummer Boy,” which I obviously had to play as the drummer boy in old age.
  On Christmas Eve lunch I ate with Jamie’s family at Trey and Allie Shealy’s house. We had  barbecue prepared by Trey, not your typical Christmas meal, but it was really good.
  Elizabeth brought me a steak plate, prepared by the Bowdlers, for Christmas supper.
  My socializing ended with a drop in at the Fingerlins on Christmas Day. Gina and Trey hosted on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The bad thing about this was the young people ate all the little dill pickle sandwiches on Christmas Eve.
  This was the dish Aunt Anne brought to every social function at church, and I would hang around that table and eat was many as I could.
  Gina told me Aunt Anne used cream cheese, mayonnaise and a little garlic powder. She also bought whole dill pickles and sliced them herself to fit the little round pieces of bread.
  Would you believe Sunday night I made a sandwich using the ingredients. I didn’t have any whole pickles, so I had to use pre-sliced. It was pretty good, but not as good as the little ones.
  My TV watching was devoted to my old favorite Christmas movies.
  No, I have never watched a Hallmark Christmas movie. I have no desire.
  There’s a meme that says, “What has 15 actors, four settings, two writers and one plot?” 632 Hallmark movies.
  The movies I watch are the classics, the first two “Home Alones, Christmas Vacation, It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas and A Christmas Story.”
  I missed out on “Miracle on 34th Street” this year. Amazon Prime had it, but they wanted me to pay for it. Nope
  Of course, social media was loaded with “things you don’t know about Christmas movies.”
  Did you know:
  Jimmy Stewart delayed the  big kissing scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life,”  because he was so much older than co-star Donna Reed. He was 41 and she was only 25. She finally told him, “Just do it!”
  The age gap was even  bigger in “White Christmas.” Bing Crosby was 51 and Rosemary Clooney was 26. Bing was also a few month older than Dean Jagger, who played the old general.
  Rosemary played the older sister. In real life, “younger” sister Vera Ellen, was six years older than Clooney.
  In “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” when the elderly aunt said the “Pledge of Allegiance” instead of the blessing, she did not say “under God,” while everyone around the table did.
  The phrase “under God” was added in the 1950s, but the actress who played the aunt, said it the way she learned it.
 The moose cups for the egg nog came from Wally World in the first movie.
  The aerial scene of the house when the lights finally came on had Cousin Eddie’s RV in the driveway, but Cousin Eddie didn’t arrive until after the light show.
  In “Home Alone,” John Candy ad libbed all his lines.
  Joe Pesci purposely avoided Macaulay Culkin on set, because he wanted the child star to be scared of him
  Oh, there are many more things you didn’t know. Wait till next year. They’ll come around again, like Medicare and $9.95 commercials!