With less than two weeks until Christmas I have succeeded in
breaking my own personal record of procrastination. I have yet to
buy one present for anyone. I haven't even contemplated shopping
until I started typing this piece. It seems I'm not the only one to
forget the merry season that is upon us. Mother Nature has blessed
us with a seasonable warm fall that has been all but absent of that
powdered white stuff (that shall not be named) that falls from the
sky all too often in November and December. If she can't get into
the Christmas spirit then why should I? But, I have been trying my
Last week I made my first attempt to embrace the holiday season.
My son's school put on a wonderful Christmas show with that great
holiday theme of "The Wizard of Oz." Ok, so maybe Dorothy tip
toeing though Oz doesn't conjure up chestnuts roasting on an open
fire, but the kids did a great job and were able to tie in a
wonderful holiday message. Christmas spirit level- 3
On Saturday we were able to use our membership at the Museum of
Science and Industry and check out their annual "Christmas Around
the World and Holidays of Light Celebration." For 70 years the
museum has offered this celebration as a way to explore cultures
from around the world. The Belgian tree was a big hit in our family
with two of the three members being citizens of Belgium. I took a
minute to myself in front of the USA tree reflecting on my national
pride. They best part of all this is snapping photos for your
friends and family members of the trees representing their
heritage. The museum is all decked out in Dr. Suess in honor of the
temporary exhibit "There's Fun to Be Done! Dr Seuss & The Art
of Invention." It looks amazing and is always one of my favorite
spots in the city! Christmas spirit level- 6
On Sunday we decided to head up to Evanston and enjoy the sunny
day and check out the family themed Christmas flick "Arthur
Christmas." From what I saw it was a pretty good Christmas film. My
son really liked it. Now, notice I said "from what I saw," you see
I was so worn out from Christmas spirit (of that bread bowl of
chili I had at Panera Bread right before) that I fell fast asleep
as soon as the film started. BEST SLEEP EVER! Christmas spirit
So what does this week have in store? Well Zoo Lights at the
Lincoln Park Zoo are on the list, along with another show at my
son's school and maybe, just maybe I will get myself out there to
buy some gifts for the ones I love. Here is to hoping my Christmas
spirit doesn't sink like my bank account! Christmas spirit level-
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
Ryan lives in Uptown with his wife, Pascale, and 5-year-old son, Leo, and works in Chicago as an actor and on-air host.
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