Late though it may be, I wanted to share with you all how my Christmas went this year. Despite 2020 being a wacky time indeed, Mother Duck and I still managed to have a pleasant little Christmas with our Siamese kitties Rosalina and Carmelita, who also got a little something for Christmas. From movies to gifts, below is just a little summary of how Christmas 2020 went for the Duck of Indeed.
First off, a friend of Mother Duck’s actually brought over a toy for the cats one day. Very generous of her indeed. It came with this book of other toys you can make for your cat out of household items, along with how to train your cat, which should be useful. I mean, the toy part, that is, because we’re most certainly never going to be able to train our feisty, little cat ladies to do anything. They do only what they please, no more and no less. So far, we put together the toy that came with the book, one of those “fishing pole” type toys with feathers on the end. They love it and are constantly trying to get into the drawer where we keep it when it’s not in use.
For holidays, I often make Mother Duck origami creations or animals out of clay, but lately (especially since I’m pretty sure my clay and origami paper are packed at the moment), I’ve been drawing some of her favorite Disney characters. I’ve already done Tinkerbell and one of the female mice from Cinderella. This year, it was Dumbo, everyone’s favorite flying elephant.
As for me, my naughty self actually got a lot of stuff, though a few items were things I bought myself with my Christmas money obtained from grandparents. As you can see, there are a whole heck of a lot of Funko figures, not to mention The Art of Crash Bandicoot 4, which is a very high-quality book filled with lots of cool artwork from the recent Crash Bandicoot game.
We had some yummy food, as well, and accompanying our meal was a 4-hour video on YouTube, complete with lots of Christmas-y movies, including plenty of Rankn/Bass Christmas specials, a couple of old Fleischer Studios cartoons from the 30’s, and vintage commercials. I actually grew up watching this VHS set of four Christmas specials, which included Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Little Drummer Boy, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, and Frosty the Snowman, all of which were included in the video. It was really fun revisiting these movies, especially Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, as this was a particular favorite of mine as a duckling, and unlike such well-known classics as Rudolph that everyone seems to watch yearly, I haven’t seen Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town for probably 20 years.
Also, a week after Christmas, I decided to watch another Rankin/Bass movie, The Year Without a Santa Claus, which is also available on YouTube…if you’re okay with text in the middle of the screen the whole time. Which, for free, is tolerable, I suppose. Unlike the other movies, I had actually never seen this one before, but everyone online was talking about how much they liked the characters Snow Miser and Heat Miser, so I had to see what all the fuss was about.
All in all, it was a relaxing little Christmas made all the more pleasant with our hours of vintage Christmas specials and commercials. But now that Christmas time is over and 2021 is here, I can only hope that this year will be better than the one that came before. So dear readers, I wish you all a happy new year!