Friday, December 24, 2021

K.A.C. 2021 - T - 01 Day ...


     Hello and welcome to our final entry for the year ... as usual with the K.A.C., we always like to end by bringing back a long-held tradition, that of the Christmas Ghost Story. This year's tale comes from E.F. Benson (1867-1940), and was written in 1912. It's called Between The Lights, and that's the best time to read it, between the last light of dusk and the cold light of the moon, preferably among friends and a roaring fire, as can be found by the protagonist in our tale. Settle in and read along here: 



          Speaking of stories, there's never a better day to settle in with a new book than today. It's Jolabokaflod Day, a tradition we've taken to heart in our house. Our place already looks like we hijacked a branch library and a used bookstore that went put of business at the same time and let the books fall where they may. So what do Laura and I always do when we go on vacation or a road trip? Plan to stop at all the used bookstores along the way! We celebrate this every year with our son Justin. The one gift we can open on Christmas Eve is a book for the evening. Why not make it part of your holiday tradition, as well? So finish wrapping those presents or mailing out those cards and remember to take some 'Me Time' for yourself and settle in for some peaceful reading while you wait up for Santa.


     Not only books tell a story. Take a look at the recent CNN/Style article about 40 Years Of White House Christmas Ornaments. A new one is designed each year and each one has a fascinating tale to tell: 




This may be a first, in all of our thirteen years of doing the K.A.C. We're leaving on a high note, with nary an oddball story in sight today - " ... not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse". Perhaps it's just as well; after a month of their various hijinks, I think they deserve a rest. Instead, we'll close out the year with this final link - Pan MacMillan's 'Favorite Christmas Poems':  


          Thank you for joining us for another year of the K.A.C.! It's time for us to head into hibernation and turn over the reindeer reins to the Big Man. We hope you enjoyed our slightly askew look at the crazy side of the season and will join us again next year at this same time. Until then, Merry Christmas!

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