Monday, December 24, 2012

Bah Humbug to you all!

Well it's Christmas but being distant relatives of a certain Dickensian character and life members of the Bah Humbug Club, we don't particularly celebrate with the razzamatazz that many do. Out here in the desert it all seems rather odd - there's no holly and ivy, although you can buy it in a plastic version. Mistletoe does grow here but it's a different species to the one back home in the UK. I wonder if kissing under it is as effective? Must try! That other ubiquitous symbol of modern Christmas, the poinsettia is very much in evidence in the local supermarkets. And have you seen all the scarily surreal colours that are now possible?

We certainly won't have a white Christmas, although as explained recently, there is snow on the surrounding mountains and I guess if you go up the tramway you could play snowballs. Christmas trees are available but there are far more artificial ones than real and I can't quite grasp the trend for upside down trees suspended from the  ceiling. And how do you put presents under it?

And of course there's Christmas music everywhere! I've never quite understood why annoying seasonal jingles have to be played from early December onwards. Our local supermarket, charmingly called a grocery store, has been playing a particularly annoying version of Frosty the Snowman since late November and I could cheerfully attack his frozen personage with a blowtorch.  To my my mind a couple of days before Christmas would be quite enough for carols and the like. Amazingly the traditional Carols from Kings was relayed live this morning via our local classical music station KUSC - isn't technology marvelous.

But we will celebrate. We'll have turkey and I've made a cheesecake - too late to conjure up a traditional plum pudding. And I guess we'll pop a couple of bottles of bubbly. Has anyone else discovered Barefoot Bubbly? It may not be available in the UK but is a great low cost alternative to overpriced champagne and over here it is sold as champagne, as the USA doesn't have the rigid EEC rulings. Amazingly we also have a piece of Stilton made in Long Clawson, a small village near our UK home in Nottingham. I was astonished to find it shopping locally.

Well that's about it.  I might finish with a triumphant 'Bah Humbug' but I'll be a little more charitable and wish you all a 'Happy Christmas' - whoops no mustn't say that these days - must be politically correct - 'Happy Holidays' to you all!


  1. Merry Christmas to the both of you :)

  2. Merry Christmas! (who cares about being PC)...

  3. Not buying the bah humbug...brilliant bougainvilleas compensate for ivy, holly. I've been watching Hedera helix climb and take over a dead Italian Cypress near a trailhead I use...over-rated!