Sunday, December 22, 2013

With a Ho-Ho-Ho & a Fa-La-La-La-La

The Edgar Dress #2 story is going to remain closeted for another week. I have to find a picture (which might take a while), and I'm still unpacking from last night's gig, where our family band played the "Second Annual Risky Whippet Christmas." It was a lot of work to prepare for the show, and haul gear, etc., but it was worth it for a bunch of reasons, not the least of which being that a lot of our friends came.

It struck me how it's been a hard year for many of us, and how nice it was to be able to be together and do something joyful. It's easy for adults to lose the "fun" in their lives, as it tends to get swallowed up by responsibility and general fatigue. But last night, everyone let go a little and recharged a little. There was dancing. And singing. And a crazed rendition of Partridge in a Pear Tree. And loud fa-la-la-la-la-ing through Deck the Halls.

There was also jingle-belling through Metallica.

Which came after audience singing the "oooooooo!"s in the choruses of Beatles' Helter Skelter.

Helter Skelter and Enter Sandman may not seem like appropriate songs for a Christmas Bash, but that's only if you aren't familiar with the comedic aspects of the Risky Whippet band. We turned Enter Sandman into Enter Santa-man, and with Colton's deep, "Ho-ho-ho"s and the demonic shaking of the jingle stick it became a Christmas song. Of sorts. Connor was all against it (and on paper it does sound really dopey), but by the third set the audience was all for it, and it turned out to be awesome fun.

So the Edgar dress will have to wait, and I instead post a picture of my Santa skirt. And now, with a ho-ho-ho and fa-la-la-la-la, I wish you, my faithful blogettes, a very merry Christmas. Sing. Jingle. Embrace life. Enjoy your friends and family. Have some fun.


Ryan said...

And Happy Festivus too! =)

Caradith Craven said...

I love this photo of you in your "designer" elf skirt and hat with a huge elfish grin on your face and arms raised, spreading joy to everyone in your audience. This demonstrates the true spirit of Christmas, giving of yourself to others...for three hours of sheer energy and fun. My wish for you and your family this Christmas season is that all the joy and wonder you give to others will return to you a thousand fold. Merry Christmas, Wendelin!

Carol Rose said...

Do you know anything about "Colly Birds" vs "Calling Birds?" Four that is. The wonderful book I won for dancing like crazy has "Four Colly Birds" listed. Have I been singing it wrong my whole life? And YES the night was great and fun was had by all. The people were delighted by the generosity of the raffle prizes. :)

Kylie said...

Being on break made me forget that yesterday was Sunday and today was Monday. I know the dates, just not the days.

Anyways, I can only imagine how fun that was. I would love to see the Risky Whippet perform. It always sounds like fun!

In other news I finally finished the 365 day calendar that I am making for my sister. All the work and effort was well worth it.

Have a great week everyone! And a Merry Christmas!


Gabrielle said...

That sounds like it was super fun!! I hope everybody had an awesome Christmas!


Jessica said...

I have a Christmas present for one lucky Sammy Keyes fan -- check it out by the end of this year!

This December has been hard for me; apparently I'm mostly past the age of people marrying and at the age when everyone's older (and some younger) relatives and friends are sick or dying. My own mom broke her hip and shoulder around Thanksgiving and has to have both replaced this week (shoulder was done on Christmas Eve, hip is today), and another relative had a stroke and died last Saturday.

This was on my Advent calendar this year: "Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning" (Psalm 30:5). Thanks for your post, Wendelin; I read it Sunday and it inspired me to re-read that verse and find the joy in this season. Hope you all had a rockin', joyful Christmas.