Just One Last Pre-Christmas Post. RETRO CHRISTMAS ALERT!

Oy Vey!  I thought I ran out of stuff to write because I’m running chaotic with last minute preps.

But no.  Last night I was up till past 1:00 AM watching retro Christmas Shows.  Do you have the channel “Get TV”?  It’s one of those retro channels that are showcasing old TV variety shows pre-Christmas.


Thank goodness I don’t have that much to do today. I can laze and watch retro Christmas shows on this station!

Ever the good “Helicopter Mom”, I was by my phone checking out her flight status every five minutes.  She flew into LaGuardia last night. Today she is at her dad’s and this evening the kids will drive here for Christmas.

Anyway, her flight was delayed and she didn’t land until 11:30 PM.  We exchanged “Good Night” messages but I was so mesmerized by Miss Peggy Lee who was a guest on the Danny Kaye Christmas Show that I stayed up. No beauty sleep for this princess.   Anyway, I woke up to a message from Oona that she left in the wee hours of the morning:

Mom.  Just a heads up.  Please do NOT call me early in the morning.  It is now 2 AM and I am sitting on the plane on the runway waiting for a gate.  Gotta love LGA”

Christmas greatness. This brings me back to the good old days!

So in a few moments, I will gather my ironing and head downstairs to watch Shirley Temple in “The Little Princess” while ironing the table linens for tomorrow’s meal.

Table linens

I’ll have a blast smoothing all this stuff out!


…and I’ll also be sure to bring plenty of Kleenex downstairs while watching this movie. I always cry like a baby when I watch this.  Besides, it’s the holidays and I can’t wipe with my sleeve!

Then I will watch “Christmas With The King Family”…and “Perry Como’s Christmas” with special guests “The Carpenters”.  I’m in retro TV heaven today!


I LIVED for The King Family shows. Especially The King Cousins. They are just so “perfect”. And the talented Alvino Ray and his talking guitar. I’m in heaven. Heaven!!!

Perry Como special

I will watch this again. Who knew Peggy Fleming was multi-talented?  She not only skated but she sang–or did she just move her lips???

Quite honestly, Karen Carpenter had one of the most clear and beautiful voices of all time!

Oh. I will also take a bath, shave my legs, do my face and put “real” clothes on!  Oh. And I’ll start to decorate the 2015 Buche de Noel.

Buche phase 1

Phase One of 2015 Buche de Noel.  Buttercream filling inside and ganache frosting on the outside. It’s in the freezer firming up. Tomorrow I’ll decorate it. 

Merry Christmas.  Again! XOXOXOXO

For Christmas Eve—Silent Night with The King Family!!


About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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25 Responses to Just One Last Pre-Christmas Post. RETRO CHRISTMAS ALERT!

  1. I love Karen C!!! But, I’m sharing this cause now I Cant stop singing it!! All your fault!! 😄❤️❤️❤️


  2. This took me back to my childhood. Thank you.

  3. spearfruit says:

    The Carpenter and Perry Como – priceless, loved it. Lovely post, thanks for sharing this, I enjoyed it very much. 🙂

  4. Leslie Preston says:

    Get back to us after the party’s over. I can hardly wait to hear!!! P.S. That’s something my daughter would text me, too……..

    • Catherine says:

      Leslie. The funny thing is that when I dropped Oona at the train station yesterday, SHE insisted I text HER when I arrived home. She questions my driving skills! XOXOXO!

  5. I haven’t heard that version of Santa Claus is coming to town in ages. She was incredible.

  6. Jane Martel(totally French) Billman says:

    I love the Retro Shows ….I have enjoyed your Pre Christmas posts so very much …. Merry Christmas!
    Cheers XOXO Jane

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Jane! I’m so glad that you enjoyed my build up to Christmas. I hope you had a very merry! I also am hoping you have a wonderful entry to the new year! Best for 2016! XOXOXO!

  7. Miss Bougie says:

    Love your table. We have a big “table de ferme” wooden farm table in our house. So warm and convivial. Yours looks convivial too.

    • Catherine says:

      Brigitte. I’m glad you like the table. It’s my style. Not formal and inviting. BTW, I saw the posts of your travels at the chateaus. It made me so happy and I can’t stop looking at them! XOXOXO! Have a great new year!

  8. Merry Christmas!

  9. BunKaryudo says:

    Watching old TV shows can be fun. I think eating that Buche de Noel must be even more fun, though. It looks delicious. 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Heads up. I ate all the meringue mushrooms. Luckily my family loved the cake so much that they ate it all!

      • BunKaryudo says:

        That is good news indeed. There is little in life sadder than a cake that remains only half-eaten. Indeed, if I ever come across such a situation, I always, as an act of compassion, help myself to the remaining half. 🙂

  10. calensariel says:

    So many Christmas memories. I remember all of these! The King family was, of course, huge in Utah as they were LDS. And “The Little Princess” is one of my favorite Shirley Temple movies. I like the book better, however. And — as a bit of trivia — did you know that the tour drummer for the Carpenters was none other than Cubby O’Brien, one of the original Mouseketeers? 😀 Merry Christmas, Catherine! Hope you’re having a grand time!

    • Catherine says:

      I had no idea that the king family were LDS! The things we learn–but I’m really intrigued that Cubby was the drummer for the Carpenters! Amazing. I had a great time….and many many good wishes for a wonderful 2016 to you! XOXOXO!

  11. I loved these memories!

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