Did some past Christmases remembered last night on Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. Christmas Eve dinner, the seven fishes, the big people’s table, the way to the big table, the years involved, watching my father and mother grow old, etc. A pure family evening.
I am going to open this morning with Christmas Eve at my Utica home before dinner. Grew to 20-30 people.The number depended what year. Dinner first began with my wife, 4 small children and my parents. Over the years it grew as my four children married and their spouses joined us. Then came the grandchildren..
I was a soft touch for the holiday. Santa Claus always visited prior to dinner. On his sleigh of course drawn by his reindeer.
My children and grandchildren were believers. Santa Claus knew them intimately. Only used 2 Santas over the years.
The dining room to our home was huge. A large old house built in 1922. The rooms expansive. Ceilings 10 feet.
The dining room especially large. Huge table seating 12 comfortably. Fourteen a little tight.
One wall was was a bay window. The whole wall. It overlooked the backyard. All kinds of trees and shrubs galore. All strewn with bright colored lights.
The young kids would wait at the window looking out for Santa Claus to arrive. His sleigh was always to land on the pool. However each year he was not able to do so because the pool was not iced up enough. He would land up the road on a flat hard piece of ground and walk in.
It was grandchildren time.
Sara was my son John’s oldest. All of 6 or 7.
All of a sudden Sara shouted, “I see him! It’s Santa Claus!” The rest of the children began yelling, “I see him, too!
They were all looking at the sky and believed they had seen Santa pass over as he flew in.
The innocence and beauty of youth.
Those days are gone. Just as the seven fish meal. Each family as it develops creates their own holiday and tradition.
A cold wave must have moved in last night. The night temperature was in the high 60’s. Tonight predicted to be 64. Heat time!
Trump announced he is having a rally on January 6 to explain it was not a coup attempt. I am sure he will utter many lies.
It is shameful Trump selects one of the worse days in American history to return and swirl his pot of tripe. Actually, he is trying to whitewash his involvement. He senses the noose getting tighter as to his knowledge, participation, his cohorts, etc.
January 6 does not belong to him. It belongs to the American people. It will be the same as if the Japanese had returned on December 7, 1942 to explain they had not intended to attack Pearl Harbor, it was a mistake.
Massachusetts continues to be buried by the surge.
Boston has banned the unvaccinated from bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and sport arenas.
Boston Mayor Wu made the announcement yesterday. As she was making the announcement, a group of protesters flowed in shouting “USA, USA!”
Every indication throughout the country clearly indicates the surge is greatest where there are many unvaccinated. It is primarily the unvaccinated who are getting sick and requiring hospitalization. Overwhelming hospital beds and medical staff.
There is still only one set of simple rules to follow to avoid the surges: Get 2 shots initially and then the booster shot, wear a mask indoors and outdoors, and avoid large gatherings.
Fail to do so and many will continue to get sick, some dying.
Why can’t the know it alls understand this? Such obstinacy, such stupidity.
My Key West Christmas Eves are at Lisa’s. Spoke with her yesterday re who was going to be there.
Lisa, Corey, Robert and Ally. Her in laws from Cape Coral. Corey’s son Cameron and girl friend who live in Washington, D.C., and Cameron’s mother Myra who lives in Big Pine.
As I feared. Too many people from too many places. Who would know if anyone carried the virus with them. Lisa explained all had the booster shot. She further explained they all planned on testing in the morning to see if anyone was affected.
I apologized and said again I would not be there. I am 86 and fearful I might contract COVID. I further made her aware of the 3-4 times a week I am getting severe chest pains. Doctor says don’t worry. They are on the left side. Heart attacks have pain are on the right.
In addition, I continue to have this painful 4 trigger fingers on my right hand. Doctor said he never saw a person with 4 trigger fingers on one hand.
Makes me worry even more.
Lisa understood. She’ll send a dish of her holiday cooking to me on Christmas Day.
Enjoy your day!
Heart attacks are on the left side or center Lou. That is what I studied in school.
Lou, I still do the “7 fish” dinners on Christmas Eve, but this year, because I’ll be working ’till 6 PM, my niece wwill be hosting !!!! I started doing the dinnerss about 10 years ago for friends who had never heard of it, and when I ordered the fish, they guy at the fish market said ” what the hell are you going to do with all this fish” ?? We were still eating at midnight lol !!!!!!
Al, Merry Xmas! Oh, how I miss the Xmas Eve food!!!
Being raised Italian we still have the tradition of fish and homemade pasta Christmas eve.
I DO THE BACCALA ON CHRISTMAS EVE TOO—-MARCIA
Outstanding. Soak for 3-4 weeks. Oil up. Add parsley and whatever. Great at Xmas Eve dinner and for a week or two thereafter cold out of the refrigerator.
A side effect of the vax can be myocarditis or pericarditis which can cause chest pain.
Why not enjoy the holidays with family ? It seems they are prepared, but, its certainly your choice.
Will, you consummate political hack, the side effect you mention for the covid VAX might be more accurately described as a “possible side effect,” not often seen in the majority of people vaxed and not particularly dangerous.
BTW, this might be a good opportunity to point out that a side effect of not being vaxed is possible death after a long and painful illness. Statistists show that something likeover 75% of the deaths from Covid nowadays are with those people not fully vaxed., or as some people call it “natural selection”
But please don’t mention this, most of the eaths of those unvaxed now a days are in Red States and Rural areas,
Mary, the key word[s] would be ‘can’ which are clearly there. Its definition ‘can’ be readily found in any dictionary if one is willing to look. Or, it ‘can’t’ if one is not willingly to look.
wiggle , wiggle Will? We ALL know exactly what you were trying to do.
Yes, trying get Lou to not worry and enjoy the holidays with family !
I can’t believe how screwed up you people are, even for liberals.
Lou should be worried, because::
A) You are on the job, trying to help.
B) The get together is with too many people from too many places. Where no one would know if anyone carried the virus with them. is the exact recipe for trouble.
Lou, stay home, this time and don’t listen to this arrogant creep. These are the obstructionists deniers who are dying in numbers nearly out of control, yet again. Be safe and visit on your phone with face time.
I’d like to hear about the results of the tests.
Why, are you a close family friend – or just sucking up? (I mean TRYING to suck up). Lou is still NOT going to meet you at the ChartRoom for a drink.
How is this any of YOUR business?
Who the F do you think you are?
Keep your F’g nose out of other peoples business. Specifically mine. Thats who the F I am.
But, when it comes right down to it, it is none of my business. Just as mine is none of yours.
You, the biggest BROWN NOSE on earth trying to tell me what to do with MY nose???
…and no one cares who the “F: you are or wants to have a drink with you at the Chart Room.
Truth is, if your could be there once in disguise you would see how you are a standing joke amongst the regulars. .
Maybe you should be a little less worried about my nose and more about where you are always trying to put yours.
Feel better Lou. It’s up to you but I think you should get together with your people. We’re doing the Christmas eve fish thing with friends and relatives. We’ve all been fully vaccinated. This is one tradition I’m not going to flush down the toilet. What ever you do for the holiday, enjoy. Merry Christmas.
My husband and I are staying home like you Lou. Everybody has been vaccinated, but at our age we can’t afford to get any type of flu. Even if it’s a mild case it would probably put us in the hospital at our age. Besides, one of our daughter in laws is a wacko Republican who likes to berate the rest of us all the time and we don’t need to waste a perfectly good afternoon listening to her talk about pedophile pizza parlors.
So we’re staying home and making Hot Toddies and enjoying our own company by the tree. Better safe having a good time together, then forcing something and ending up apart, forever.
I’m blaming this Christmas on those complete idiots who won’t get vaccinated and won’t wear masks.
You have to be nuts to think that you would be safe in ANY sizable (more than 2) gathering this holiday.
I live in NYC and it is out of control here before there are any parties. Crazy
Lou – Bill Gates, knows a thing or two about this sort of virusthing. He predicts ‘the worst part of the pandemic’ is coming and has said he’s canceling his holiday plans as omicron cases surge.
Lou, don’t listen to Will (cough) and others, stay home this Christmas, it ain’ t wort it!
I enjoyed your story about Christmas Louis, and believe you are making the right decision concerning this year. Merry Christmas!