On the Season for the Crazed

Shopping, Christmas cards, parties, cooking, cleaning, travel, visitors, and more can turn the holiday season into a crazed whirlwind. Consider the later-than-normal Thanksgiving for Americans, and then top it with a death in the family, it is safe to say that the holiday craziness is shorter for us – although I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.

The purpose of this post is to provide several videos for the crazed season. Enjoy.

I have said for many years that the Christmas season doesn’t officially start until I see the Norelco commercial with Santa riding the triple-header. Yep – I’m thankful for YouTube, so the season has begun for me.

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Even though I didn’t shop on Black Friday and avoid malls/major shopping areas on weekends, this annual search for gifts makes me laugh. FYI: I have been picking gifts for my regulars, more to come.

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With the season for the frantic, this fast handbell rendition of Wizards in Winter by the Raleigh Ringers (one of America’s premier choirs) is one of my favorite holiday favorites. After seeing this video for the first time several years ago, my wife said she found watching to be exhausting. Watch the high-bell ringers on the left (especially toward the end) as they hold two different bells in each hand.

On the Holiday Shopping Season 2012

I grew up with a commercial like that one. For me, the official start of the holiday season was seeing Santa on a Norelco. Fortunately, the glories of YouTube now allows me to relive that tradition!

Hope everyone had a bountiful Thanksgiving. For my international audience, that means we ate enough to cover your share as well.

For some, Thanksgiving also means Black Friday, thus the race to the stores for holiday shopping. Interestingly, give thanks for what you have on one day, and less than 24 hours later – race, push, and do what you must to get more. Ah yes – very American. However, I stay away from a major shopping area on this days!

The holiday season brings a certain level of craziness. No matter what one says after the previous year, events as the shopping rush, holiday parties, musical events, visiting lights, baking, and whatever sends many into a frenzy.

For me, this song captures the mood – both the festiveness and the frenzy of the season. Ladies and Gentleman, another A Frank Angle holiday tradition, the fast-paced Wizards in Winter by the outstanding Raleigh Ringers. The ringers on the left side wearing me out just watching them. Enjoy!

On My Official Start

Hope everyone had a good weekend. We ballroom danced Friday night and our dinner group met Saturday night for wrapped, stacked, or stuffed night (we made a tasty dessert trifle that was a hit). Sunday was a tough day as a handbell choir had a special rehearsal for the piece we are playing at Monday’s funeral for our good friend and handbell choir member. This will be a difficult ring.

On to today’s Monday Morning Entertainment theme. Sights and sounds of the holiday season surround us – but when does the season actually start? I imagine many link it to a Thanksgiving-related event as the annual Macy’s parade or the shopping madness known as Black Friday. Then again, the stores spark the spirit by rolling out holiday displays on November 1st, the day the dismantle the Halloween displays.

Others designate the start of the holiday season by something on television. A member of our dinner group told me his official start is when watching the holiday classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with Burl Ives. Mine too, links to the television. Although it is something that we no longer see, but thanks to YouTube, I can see it whenever I want. Let the season begin! Hope everyone has a good week.

On Start Your Santa Engine

The start of the Christmas season actually depends on the perspective of the holder. To some retailers, Christmas display replace Halloween items on November 1st – which is about the same time all-Christmas music radio broadcasts start.

Some individuals say the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts their season. For others, it’s the Black Friday shopping craze. YouTube allows me to relive my official start of the Christmas season whenever I want because my favorite seasonal commercial is from my youth. Here’s a 1994 remake of the classic from the 60s and 70s.