Hallelujah!! (short)

The truth about anything is always better than living in a fantasy world.

Hallelujah is a song I have always thought sounded beautiful but never took the time to learn the words to. This Christmas, being the two of us home alone and having time, I decided to educate myself. Upon reading the words I was thinking, this doesn’t sound right, am I looking at the original version? This is not a Christmas song, or even a religious song for that matter. Sure enough, I was looking at the original words, so I dug a little deeper.

Turns out the writer, Leornard Cohen, wasn’t even Christian; he was Jewish. The song is about love gone bad and rejection. He uses subtle references to the bible, the old testament, to compare a sexual experience with a religious one. In the song, Hallelujah is not intended as a praise to the Lord. He is screaming out in ecstasy during climax. The song, is about sex. Crazy, right? I had no idea and apparently neither did any of my friends. My inquisitive nature is always messing something up for them, oh well. The truth about anything is always better than living in a fantasy world.

~ Jane

Merry “Non-Traditional” Christmas

I will send out a “memo” so everyone knows ahead of time, where Christmas is happening, be there or be square!

Merry Christmas everyone! This year is going to be different. Kids in Idaho, kids in Washington, us, in Oregon. It’s not necessarily a bad thing though.¬†Our usual Christmas is¬†filled with decorations, a beautiful fresh cut tree that we cut ourselves, gifts, good food and the entire family. The thing I will miss most is the entire family being together. I feel blessed to have been able to spend two weeks with our son, his girlfriend and first granddaughter before Christmas. I will cherish that time for sure. We will also have dinner and movie day with our girls so it’s not like we totally gave up Christmas this year. Also, even though we all agreed no gifts, we couldn’t help ourselves and got everyone a little something and of course the granddaughter got spoiled. It’s a parental prerogative, right?

The reason I say it’s not necessarily a bad thing is because it makes a person more appreciative of the time we have spent together and more longing for more times together in the future. In other words, every one misses traditional Christmas! This will give the husband and I our first alone Christmas since before we had babies, so like in 30 years; It’s going to be strange, for sure. At first, I wasn’t on board with basically skipping Christmas but now that I’ve allowed it to sink in and digest some, I’m actually feeling pretty good about it, this one time. We spent less money and I have less stress. But, like I said… this one time.

Next year will be grand! I’m already planning it out. There will be a fresh cut tree from floor to 9 foot ceiling, lights on everything, garland, elaborately set dining table, embroidered stockings (need to order for any new family members). Christmas shower curtains and hand towels, festive bed linens in all guest rooms, Christmas Eve pajamas for everyone, grandpa reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. My famous Christmas sugar cookies, intricately decorated, honey ham with all the fixings, pies and fruit and everything yummy. Those are some things that initially pop into my head, I’m sure I will come up with so much more by next December.

I will send out a “memo” so everyone knows ahead of time, where Christmas is happening, be there or be square!

~ Jane