Sunday, December 21, 2008

Top Ten Favorite Things about Christmas

8. Temple Square Lights

A tradition started in Oakland and continued in Salt Lake, the Conlon family loves to see Christmas Lights!
I have to give a nod to the Oakland Temple display in overall grandeur and awesomeness. Plus, it's not so stinking cold!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Top Ten Favorite Things about Christmas

9. Roast Beast

It's become a tradition in the Conlon Household to make prime rib for Christmas Eve dinner. Luckily one of the grocery chains out here puts it on sale for $4.99 a pound the week before Christmas, making it affordable.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Top Ten Favorite Things about Christmas

10. A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The snappy jazz numbers by the Vince Guaraldi Trio playing in the background, the witty lines (Out of all the Charlie Brown's in the world, you're the Charlie Browniest), the underlying tone of the real meaning of Christmas. All of these give this holiday special enough heft to be on my list, but the real reason it is on my list is because of the feelings associated with it.

This animation brings me the joy of the season, but also a longing for the past. It reminds me of many Christmases spent with relatives who have since passed on. Not necessarily specific memories, just the feelings associated with being a kid and spending evenings at my grandparents house waiting to open presents.

The song Linus and Lucy is one of my favorite songs EVER. I was so proud of Kelsey last year, when after months of practice she accomplished what I never could, to play both hands of the piano part at the same time.