Postscript: The Christmas 2016 Wrap-Up

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Postscript:  The Christmas 2016 Wrap-Up

 


It’s December 26.  Maybe there’s still a present left for you to unwrap.  Some homemade cookies or baked goodies to open and check out the selection.  The Christmas Wrap Uptree still aglow with lights.   

 

In the family of my origin, Christmas was over on December 26.  Ornaments and decorations were neatly packed away.   And if the tree was artificial it would be banished to the storage area of the garage.  And by December 31, there was certainly no creatures stirring or any signs of this particular holiday in existence in the house.   I know some might think the scene rather harsh - perhaps even Scrooge-like - but I never gave the practice a thought. That’s just the way it was.

 

As we grow older and move away, we may carry on traditions of our youth or start new ones.  As families evolve so do traditions.   We may start a new holiday protocol of sorts.    

 

This year, I celebrated Christmas on the 24th with family.  A traditional(for us) pizza dinner followed by a gift exchange.  Wham bam, thank you ma’am and I’m on my way way home before the clock strikes midnight.   

 

Christmas for me has become my own tradition:  a movie or two and some Chinese food.

 

So yesterday, there was some clean-up around the house, some time here in the ‘Rain with a post and checking in with some members.  Then I was ready. Yesterday’s movie was Jackie -- the “story” of Jacqueline Kennedy in the seven days after the assassination of her husband, President Kennedy.   I know, not exactly the uplighting subject matter you might think of on a holiday but I will tell you, in my opinion, this is a riveting movie.   While there will be those who will doubt its accuracy --- remember it’s a movie and for about 90 minutes you can suspend reality(as I often do).   I recommend it not only for Natalie Portman in an amazing performance but the taut screenplay and acting of others as well.  

 

 

Then it was onto Chinese food.   This time it was a vegetarian Chinese restaurant, Happy Family Restaurant in Atlantic Times Square at 500 North Atlantic Boulevard Suite 171(the restaurant faces Atlantic) in Monterey Park. There is no website but the phone is 626.282.8986 and is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.   It’s been awhile since I’ve visited Happy Family. Previously there were two menus -- an all-you-can-eat in addition to the a la Happy Family Restaurant Monterey Parkcarte menu. Selecting two entrees was just the right size(still enough for leftovers mind you):  Kung Pao “chicken” and “shrimp” with asparagus --- please take note of the quotation marks as it is vegetarian but you really can’t tell.   Believe me, there’s no shortage of Asian restaurants of every flavor in the San Gabriel Valley so if you’re in the area, let your nose be your guide.   

 

Happy Boxing Day.  Happy Kwanzaa.  And if your Christmas tree is still standing...enjoy that too.   

 

Published:  December 26, 2016

 

Postscript:  The Christmas 2016 Wrap-Up

 

 

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Gabe Sanders
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Good evening Michael.  Sounds to me like a perfect way to spend the holiday.

Dec 26, 2016 04:31 PM #18
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Our day after is a day of recovery as we have all over for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  So a day to recover is necessary

Dec 26, 2016 04:32 PM #19
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Thanks for sharing your Christmas holiday experience. Dolores and I went to a family dinner on Christmas Day in Alexandria, VA. 

Dec 26, 2016 04:36 PM #20
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Michael Jacobs - You crack me up! I wouldn't call you a Scrooge but perhaps a no-nonsense type of guy. I don't even put up a tree so I don't have to worry about putting it away along with the decorations. Except I will let Christmas Mouse hang around for little longer. We've gotten very close.

I did see Jackie on the first day it came to my local theater. I read just about every book on the Kennedys and thought the movie was pretty accurate - except for too much blood and the shower scene. She was quite a woman and I think she deserves a Memorial of her own either in D.C. or New York.  

Dec 27, 2016 08:16 AM #21
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I agree with Patricia Feager. Practical. ;)  I'm leaving the tree replacement up until New Year's day...as you may recall, the first one dried out and I've worked too hard to take down tree number two yet. Lol.

Dec 27, 2016 08:55 AM #22
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Michael Jacobs
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Although the actual day of the holiday may be over --- it seems as if there is still much celebrating going on.  Have fun.  Be safe.  Enjoy. 

Thank you very much for stopping by and your comment.s

Dec 27, 2016 10:00 AM #23
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Sharon Tara
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One year my tree was up until February 1.  Live tree.

Last year I think it was down right after New Year's....not sure what I will do this year. It hasn't been taking water for a week now, so it will probably have to go sooner than later.

Chinese food sounds good for New Years! I've been wanting it, and the dinner we were going to on New Year's Day was just postponed. Seems like the right solution!

Dec 27, 2016 02:22 PM #24
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Sharon Tara
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Oh 

and the movie sounds good.

I will check it out!

Dec 27, 2016 02:23 PM #25
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Hi Michael, my tree was down yesterday, still have the wreath, I will keep it till the end of this week. Sounds like you had a great holiday, I like the sound of movie and Chinese Food. I am planning on seeing this movie but will wait till it's on Netflix.

Dec 27, 2016 07:01 PM #26
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Sounds like you have created wonderful new traditions that can live on with your children.

Dec 28, 2016 05:47 AM #27
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When I lived at home our tree stayed up until New Years Day. After I had my own home and tree I couldn't stand for it to stay up after Christmas. It looks so sad. I have been known to take it down on Christmas night. This year we swaddled it and rolled it off to the closet on the day after Christmas. We finally got smart and found a place to store it fully decorated.

Dec 28, 2016 12:29 PM #28
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Joanna Cohlan
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Having never had a tree Michael, because we had a Menorah, the holiday always lasted 8 days but only gifts on the first night.  My XMAS Day begins with a food delivery followed by a movie and chinese food.  This year we saw Elle with Isabelle Huppert-a little weird-and then ate Italian.  I actually prefer my Jewish tradition of Chinese food, but shaking it up a bit is fun.  As for Jackie, Natalie Portman was amazing.

Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy new year.

Dec 29, 2016 03:06 PM #29
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Michael Jacobs
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Joanna Cohlan -- I've been thinking of seeing Elle --- do you think it's worth seeing?

Dec 29, 2016 03:09 PM #30
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Actually, I don't!!! I love Isabelle Huppert and her acting is great but the script is a bit unbelievable and S&Mish!!!

Dec 29, 2016 03:13 PM #31
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Michael Jacobs
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Thanks, Joanna Cohlan --- there have been some good but not great films this year.  I enjoyed La La Land - Fences - Nocturnal Animals.   

Dec 29, 2016 03:22 PM #32
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LOVED Noctural Animals and LOVED Moonlight.  I enjoyed La La Land, Lion and seeing Fences on New Year's Day.  Also plan to see Hidden Figures-heard good things! 

Dec 29, 2016 03:26 PM #33
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Joanna Cohlan -- I thought Moonlight was good but not great.  Lion is also on my list and have also heard good things about Hidden Figures.   I didn't see the play but the dialogue and acting in Fences is top notch.  

Dec 29, 2016 03:32 PM #34
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Saw the play and can't wait to see the movie-what could be bad if Viola Davis and Denzel are the stars??? I did think Moonlight was the best film I've seen all year!

Dec 29, 2016 03:34 PM #35
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Joanna Cohlan -- Moonlight, best movie...I have heard/read it's the favorite of many people/critics but somehow I didn't quite feel it.    

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Love the play on words :-)

Happy New Year hope 2017 was great and 2018 will be better for you.

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