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:


7 thoughts on “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”

  1. hey loren, i’m just catching up on your life changing situation. i’m really glad to see you’re up and about and able to start the road to enjoying your life again. thanks for upping the vids and i wish you continued healthy recover. steven

  2. Loren, how is the therapy going? My back was bad from Feb. until last week, and it suddenly got better on its own when I finished decorating. I am glad because the sciatic pain was beginning to wear me down. I’m hoping yours will soon be healed as well.

  3. It seems to be gradually get better, kenju, but the pain in my right leg seems to come back unexpectedly on a fairly regular basis.

    Apparently I won’t be doing much more painting in my life as it’s the reaching out that triggered this episode, not my herniated disc. Not that I’ll miss painting that much, but it’s just another annoying limitation.

  4. Good to hear that you are on the mend, loren.

    When you mentioned your Santa Claus memories from the age of three, I thought of the spirit behind your wonderful handcarved Santa Clauses.

    Although I have memories from much earlier, I can’t remember anything about Santa Claus until I was five years old. That must have been when I first might have consciously heard Bing Crosby singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

    Thanks for posting the Bruce Springsteen version, too!


    Now — email me some cookies, please. One of each kind will do nicely!

    Merry Christmas.

  6. Loren, glad you’re starting to feel better – keep babying that back so that it will heal up soon. Thanks for the Christmas spirit, I hope it is catching, as I haven’t had any yet! 😉 I’m impressed you make all these cookies! Maybe now that I’m retiring I can learn how to bake!

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