I'd Like a Little House on the Prairie Christmas Right About Now

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As I sit here at my computer at 3 a.m. with burned up monitor eyes, comparing last minute holiday deals on mp3 players and cell phones for family members who will just die without them, I hear Pa Ingalls enraptured with his new flannel shirt sewn for him by little Half Pint.

I like to watch the TVLand channel at this sour hour of the morning instead of "Buy Houses for $300!", or "Get the Barrack Obama Limited Coin Set!". Little House on the Prairie comes on three episodes in a row tonight and each one is a Christmas show.

In the last episode, baby sister Carrie has saved her allowance for an entire year to buy a tin star tree topper from Mr. Olesen's store so baby Jesus will have a present, too. Let's remember chores on the Prairie would likely collapse kids today, so spending your allowance on Jesus back then is nothing short of angelic. Ma Ingalls is giddy with a new bolt of material for a dress. Laura Ingalls has secretly traded her treasured new pony to nemesis Nellie Olesen in exchange for a new wood stove for her mother. Gulp.

After watching the third episode of people going absolutely nuclear with joy over handmade gifts and thoughtful gestures, I have emptied my entire online cart of overpriced nonsense and am going to bed. I've got a lot of sewing, carving and baking to do tomorrow.

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tarheelrambler said...

I'm right there with you. Actually, most of my family got a copy of my calendar with my photography in it. I'll have to wait until after the holidays to know for sure, but I'm hoping they appreciate the fact that it was something I created. My wife is getting a book of my photography that I know she is going to love, mostly because I created it.

JD at I Do Things said...

Hey, good luck sewing a bolt of material!

I absolutely loved reading the Laura Ingalls books, especially the descriptions of Christmas. They had so little, but they were so dang happy. But that didn't make me want a drumset any less.

JD at I Do Things

Babs (Beetle) said...

I remember Christmas like that, when I was a kid. We didn't expect, or even want, much. It taught me (and my siblings) not to put a monetary value on a gift.

Kathy said...

So what you're telling me is I've totally missed the Christmas-themed episodes of LHotP for the year? I used to watch that show religiously when it originally aired, and then a few years ago I got into it again on TVLand. I'll never forget when I made my husband wait through an episode I got hung up on while on vacation. VACATION, and I'm watching Little House! But it was a good one. Albert trips out on drugs and goes through withdrawal. Oh, I'm sorry. I got sidetracked. We were talking about baby Jesus, right?

LOBO said...

I'm beginning to think LHotP binging is some weird rite of passage ... I used to work graveyard shifts, and saw most (if not all) the episodes in the span of a few weeks.

-Then I went to a day shift adopted a much more masculine habit: "The Practice"

Vivienne said...

@Tarheelrambler, your photos are fantastic. The calendar should get great reactions for such a personalized and unique gift. And the book for your wife is a very romantic present. A piece of you.

@JD, so true, eh? I changed my gift-giving plans, but I still really want a Creative Zen mp3 player. Sometimes I do hypocrisy so very well!

Kathy, you're in luck! If you click on the Prairie link in my post you can see the TVLand schedule for the coming week has repeat Christmas episods. Thank gawd, because you are evidently a hardcore fan judging from the vacation incident. And what is this you speak of about Albert? What did people do back then before "Intervention"?

I am fanatical about The Cosby Show. Christmas episodes airing nightly all week!

@Lobo, I can easily slip into a TV coma once I begin watching The Practice marathons on A & E. Plus both LHotP and Practice have excellent theme songs. I'd have to go with the "DUNT, DUNT" if pressed, though.

Brandy Rose said...

I love Little House on the Prarie and it does that to you, makes you feel bad and warm and fuzzy, all at the same time. If I had any talents in sewing, baking, etc.....

Daisy said...

I do not get very much moneys for allowance, so I cannot buy presents. But this entire month, I been setting aside a little of my canned foods to mold into a real pretty candle holder. It's coming out good, but I am not sure I like that all the foods are brown. Except the older ones. They are green. Do you think my Mommie will like it?

Vivienne said...

Hi Brandy Rose, I call it Little House on the Prairie guilt when I realize how easy I really have it compared to the pioneers. I complain about a rough day at the office when I have mundane meetings back to back all afternoon when the pioneer kids are birthing calves and sewing their own underwear. But they always have those really tasty homemade buttermilk biscuits on the table for every meal. Seems a reasonable trade-off.

Bravo, Daisy! Your candle holder sounds spectacular. In fact, it seems you are creating something never before invented: a candle holder that emits scent without even needing a candle! I think your Mommie will love it as much as I love the food art my fur babies sometimes leave for me in the middle of our living room carpet. My boys are abstract artists that like to work with texture, so there's usually tufts of hair mixed in with the food art.

Kathy said...

Vivienne! I did a search for Little House Christmas shows and I did find one that will air on Christmas Day. One where the family gets snowed in and recalls Christmases of years past.

Regarding Albert, I think he stole morphine from Doc Baker and got addicted. Then Pa found out and made him detox in a room for a few days. He stayed with him the whole time until he got over it. Mostly, it was an hour of Albert sweating and moaning a lot.

Merry Christmas!

Vivienne said...

I remember that one, Kathy! Glad you found it and hope you were able to spend Christmas with the Ingalls.

Thanks for refreshing my memory on Albert's descent to the dark side. I loved that Doc Baker. He's one of those doctors I wouldn't want to disappoint, like with my high cholesterol, visit after visit, for example.

Hope you had a merry Christmas!

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