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Highlight of a conversation I had with the youngest gel this morning: “I don’t care what was in the Advent calendar today, you’re not having a chocolate and caramel Santa for breakfast!”

It seems to me that Advent calenders stuffed with little treats rayther miss the point of the season.  They ought to contain little slips of paper offering inspirational passages for contemplation or perhaps suggesting gentle acts of penance.  It could be made clear that treats would be doled out, say, Christmas Eve depending on how faithful one was at keeping up such activities.

But then again, the little blighters would probably ignore the whole biznay, reckoning they’ll get treats come Christmas anyway, so why bother with the extra work?

Speaking of work, congratulations to Groovy Vic, whose Christmas card was the first one to hit the port-swiller mailbox this year.  (Yes, I thought it funny – especially the Gymboree joke.)  As for Self, I am horrible about this particular holiday task.  Even though Mrs. R procured my special stack of cards (for all my imaginary blog friends) before Thanksgiving, I’m sure I will once again be scrambling madly on December 23 to get them out.

The local classickal station is flogging as its CD “Pick of the Week”  something called “‘Tis the Season With The Washington Saxophone Quartet.”

(What’s better than one saxophone?  How about four, buckaroos!)

Anyhoo, one of the samples played this morning was a holiday tune called “Forest Green”, which a little research tells me was a tune fadged up by Ralph Vaughn Williams to which one could sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” if one felt so disposed.

Well, perhaps it was the noise of traffick.  Perhaps it was the fact that I had yet had no coffee.  But the fact of the matter is that the thing came out sounding perilously close to Thomas Moore’s “The Minstrel Boy”, which has been racketing around in ol’ Robbo’s head ever since.  Share and enjoy!

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