Hard Candy Christmas

By: Crissie Miller Kirby

Years ago Dolly Parton sang a song entitled “Hard Candy Christmas” and while some may argue over the meaning of the lyrics, I tend to think of them as comparing a break up to being, financially, poor.  Sometimes, those two go hand in hand.  However, while being unable to provide or receive expensive gifts, she sings about, essentially, being “fine and dandy” and talks about every day, normal things and seeing them as gifts to be treasured.  I find this song to hold great meaning for me this year.  This is my first (gasp) “divorced” Christmas and, obviously, my financial situation is different than it has been in previous years.  Coupled with a brand, spanking new heating and air unit, funds are a little tight.  I’ve tried to ensure that Santa is bringing wanted gifts to my children; however, there are no overly expensive items to be placed under the tree.  Thankfully, they didn’t ask for anything too expensive anyway.

There are lots of other people in our lives that we would like to shower with gifts at Christmastime, especially this year as they have meant so much to us.  They have supported us, encouraged us, and consoled us.  Buying very nice and expensive gifts is not really in the budget though.  Normally, I’m not an overly crafty person.  Although, sometimes, I like to fancy myself being this creative and craft genius; alas, I am not!  But, I decided that this year I would try my hand at creating some special and unique Christmas gifts for family and friends.  And you know what?  I’ve loved putting my time, energy, and heart into making these gifts instead of spending tons of money (that I don’t have anyway).  I’ve been excited to see the looks on the faces of my family, friends, and children’s teachers as they have opened these “hard candy Christmas” gifts.  I hope that these gifts will provide them with years of enjoyment and good memories.

Have you handcrafted any Christmas gifts this year in an effort to cut back?  If so, I’d love to hear about what you have made.

In closing, again, I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and I pray you each have a blessed and prosperous New Year in 2012.  I leave you with a few photographs of some of the items I’ve made this year and, also, the lyrics to “Hard Candy Christmas:”

Hey, maybe I’ll dye my hair
Maybe I’ll move somewhere
Maybe I’ll get a car
Maybe I’ll drive so far
They’ll all lose track
Me, I’ll bounce right back

Maybe I’ll sleep real late
Maybe I’ll lose some weight
Maybe I’ll clear my junk
Maybe I’ll just get drunk on apple wine
Me, I’ll be just

Fine and Dandy
Lord it’s like a hard candy Christmas
I’m barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won’t let
Sorrow bring me way down

I’ll be fine and dandy
Lord it’s like a hard candy Christmas
I’m barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won’t let
Sorrow get me way down

Hey, maybe I’ll learn to sew
Maybe I’ll just lie low
Maybe I’ll hit the bars
Maybe I’ll count the stars until dawn
Me, I will go on

Maybe I’ll settle down
Maybe I’ll just leave town
Maybe I’ll have some fun
Maybe I’ll meet someone
And make him mine
Me, I’ll be just

Fine and dandy
Lord it’s like a hard candy Christmas
I’m barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won’t let
Sorrow bring me way down

I’ll be fine and dandy
Lord it’s like a hard candy Christmas
I’m barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won’t let
Sorrow bring me way down

I’ll be fine and dandy
Lord it’s like a hard candy Christmas
I’m barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won’t let
Sorrow bring me way down

‘Cause I’ll be fine
(I’ll be fine)
Oh, I’ll be fine

4 thoughts on “Hard Candy Christmas

  1. Crissie, I am so impressed with your talent as well as your outlook! You hang in there young lady, God ain’t done with you yet! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful boys.

  2. Crissie: That song describes how we felt this Christmas after losing Dad just two weeks before. It was a different Christmas, for sure, but there were moments of magic amidst the sadness. I hope you found the same. Hope to see you soon!

  3. It’s as fine a Christmas song as any of the classics out there and so much more real and relevant. Cyndi Lauper released a rendition a couple of days ago and its fabulous.

    Thank you for the post. Enjoyed reading it and merry Xmas!

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