Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

I still can’t take Skye for his daily walk because my lower back is still out of alignment and walking often triggers instant, intense pain. However, I am well on my way to getting ready for Christmas. I’ve already baked six different kinds of cookies and am getting ready to start making my traditional decorated cookies. Combined with Leslie’s six kinds of cookie we have nearly a freezer full of cookies — a better than usual start, I think.

Heck, I’ve even played Bing Crosby’s “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”

on my iPhone and new Sony Blu-Ray sound systems while baking cookies. That song has been my traditional beginning of Christmas since I was three years old — though my family never played the song until we were decorating the tree. I suspect that song and my mother’s retelling of how much I cried when I at my first Santa Claus cookie that year are my two oldest memories.

I played it early because I needed a little extra motivation to begin baking this year. I’ve found it impossible to stand the whole time while baking, but luckily our kitchen is small enough that I can sit on a bar stool most of the time and swivel around to put cookies into the oven once I’ve made them.

It’s actually proven easier to hold a bowl of dough in my lap while using a small scoop to form most cookies. I suspect I’ll end up doing that even next year when I’m assuming I won’t be having back problems. We’ll have to see how decorating the house goes today.

I’m even able to sit at the computer a little longer lately, even though I’ve always managed to play some form of Scrabble at least once a day. While searching for the Bing Crosby version of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” I ran into this version by Bruce Springsteen that I just bought on iTunes: