Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

It's finally here...that long anticipated, over commercialized, tear-jerk advertising/movie inspiring, sappy song performing, emotionally charged, food laden, family and friend gathering time of year.
And despite all the craziness - the cooking and shopping and wrapping and worrying and traveling and stressing with a side of guilt... the day arrives.
It arrived quietly and, if you allow it, the day arrives with a sense of wonder and freshness and hope.

As a child, Christmas was nothing but catalogue lists, school and church programs and one long sleepless night.
As a young adult the excitement shifted to gifts given and received, the thrill of hosting for the first time.
When our own children arrived Christmas took in an entirely new glow, enhanced by their discovery of lights left burning all night, surprises beyond their wildest dreams; shaped by stories told and read through the generations.
Times are different now. The celebration is full of adults. The excitement is slow building, blocked by work and worries for the health of family and friends, tempered by the weight of all that is wrong with our world.
Yet here it is. Christmas Day.
I have been up since before those first rays of sun, tempered today by overcast skies and ridiculous 50 degree weather. (I have a strict - 28 degrees with gentle snow from December 3 through January 2 at which point the temps may once again hover around 70. So far, no one else has subscribed to this philosophy. At least no one who has control over the weather...)
We had our traditional breakfast of sugar bacon, cream cheese eggs and fruit. 

Because, healthy! 
Gifts have been opened, cat puke cleaned up and appetizers ready for the next round of family and I find myself with a few minutes to send out this holiday greeting.
Thank you all for supporting this little blog. Updates have been a little sketchy of late but fear not - the coming new year has several ideas already on the calendar. In fact, later this week I will be posting my first actual sponsored post!!
I hope this finds each of you warm and content, surrounded by family and friends and non-vomitus pets. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukah or just enjoy a nice afternoon, I want to share with you  a favorite quote from a favorite holiday movie - Scrooged:
I get it now! Then if you GIVE, then it can happen, then the miracle can happen to you! It's not just the poor and the hungry, it's everybody's who's GOT to have this miracle! And it can happen tonight for all of you. If you believe in this spirit thing, the miracle will happen and then you'll want it to happen again tomorrow. You won't be one of these bastards who says 'Christmas is once a year and it's a fraud', it's NOT! It can happen every day, you've just got to want that feeling. And if you like it and you want it, you'll get greedy for it! You'll want it every day of your life and it can happen to you. I believe in it now! I believe it's going to happen to me now! I'm ready for it! And it's great! It's a good feeling, it's really better than I've felt in a long time. I, I, I'm ready. Have a Merry Christmas, everybody.

Merry Christmas from my coast to yours!


  1. I was a little worried at first, but reading on saw where you were taking this. Beautifully written but what quilt should you have young lady? Im glad you did see the magic of Christmas. Your very much right in your assessments, Christmas can be all those things that for many might seem negative? For me, thank God for the sappy stuff, the fantasy of wonderment.

  2. I thought the video of your dad with the drone was charming and pretty cool! Would your dad or any of us ever thing we would be flying toys like that around in our houses. Im glad he has found the world of quad copters and drones


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