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Good Morning! (or, Baby It’s Cold Outside)

Wow is it ever cold out there! We had all these weeks of 60’s and 70’s weather, dipping into the 50’s at night, that strange time when you bounce between heat and A/C and nothing at all, never quite getting the indoor temperature to that perfect spot… and now it’s fifty below zero. Or 35°, I can’t tell the difference.

I woke up in a great mood this morning – and without being cajoled and bribed out of bed by Mike for our morning coffee and news ritual! It felt good – I’m refreshed, I’m happy, and I’m almost… ALMOST… feeling a Christmas vibe. Okay, don’t get me wrong – most everything about the season makes my blood boil. But then I think about little Miss Bean, who asked me a few weeks ago, “Mommy… do YOU believe in Santa Claus?” She still believes. Pretty sure this is her last Santa year. Remembering how magical Christmas was to me when I still believed in Santa… well, that helps me get over my insufferable disgust at the over-commercialization of it all, and just enjoy what it is to the Bean.

Miss Bean will turn 8 on Friday. EIGHT! How did that happen?!? She’s so tall, and wise, and goofy. For her, December is a HUGE month… her birthday is early enough in December to not screw up Christmas, AND Santa visits two houses for her on Christmas Eve. It’s a pretty big deal (and he’s WAY more organized than I could ever hope to be).

Ooooh, speaking of Santa – check out this wonderful blog entry that my friend Andrea Kelly shared on Facebook the other day! It’s such a great letter to a child who finally asks “Tell me the truth, ARE YOU SANTA?” I hope when that day comes – about a year from now, I’d guess – I am as eloquent and careful with my response. I also hope she asks me and not her dad, but that’s another post for another day 😉

Before I head out into this bitter cold for shopping and errand-running, let me leave you with a song. This is one of the few Christmas songs I can tolerate (the others are U2’s cover of Baby Please Come Home, and oddly enough Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas). Of COURSE this is a Pearl Jam cover of a Stevie Wonder song – what else would make my “best songs ever” list? Bonus: the lyrics are beautiful.

Someday at Christmas men won’t be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where we are free

Someday at Christmas there’ll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life’s really worth
There’ll be peace on earth

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where we can love free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas we’ll see a land
With no hungry children, no empty hand
One happy morning people will share
A world where people care

Someday at Christmas there’ll be no tears
All of us are equal and live without fear
One shining moment, one cry away
For our world today

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas man will not fail
Hate will be gone and love will prevail
Someday a new world that we can all start
With hope in every heart

Someday at Christmas
Oh someday at Christmastime
Someday at Christmastime