“From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.“

Merry Christmas!

I slept in this morning until ten. When I took Gracie out, the first order of the every day, it was cold but sunny with a few peeks at a blue sky. There was also a snow shower, tiny little flakes which looked like ash blowing in the wind, and what a wind. The police sent out an emergency call last night about the storm. First would come rain then a wind up to 60 MPH. It would last until noon. I got the rain last night when I took Gracie out, and this morning I got the tail end of the storm, the windy part. The electricity went out for about five minutes, long enough for me to panic about dinner. I had visions of being bundled against the predicted Arctic cold and cooking at the barbecue. Luckily the outage was short-lived.

I’ve had my coffee and newspaper. Once I finish here I’ll prep dinner. The egg nog is already made and only needs the whipped cream. I’ll sit here at the table in the den, peel potatoes and watch TV. I’m actually watching the science fiction channel. Yeti is attacking.

Last night was wonderful. My friends and I made our gingerbread houses. The concentration was palpable, and while we did speak, it was mostly asking for a decoration. Every now and then we’d hear tap, tap, tap as a hard candy, a decoration for the houses, hit the wood floor and bounced. I think I was the worst at holding on to the the small decorations with frosting crusted fingers. Our houses were beautiful. We seem to get better every year. This year I added windows with candles, actually it was a square outline of frosting with a cut piece of a yellow gumdrop. I love this Christmas Eve tradition of ours.

After I left my friends, I went next door to my neighbors’ house. I brought champagne for mimosas. First we sang happy birthday to their oldest son, now twenty-one. Singing the Portuguese happy birthday was first. I clapped then we all sang it in English. Their custom is a huge dinner then they all open their presents at midnight. They wanted me to stay for dinner, and I hated giving up eating all those Brazilian dishes, but I was exhausted.

I went to bed early for me, by 11. Gracie woke me up once, at 5:00, so she could go out. I had no trouble getting back to sleep.

I have presents to open and food to prepare. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Mine has started already.

Merry Christmas to all my Coffee family!!

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25 Comments on ““From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.“”

  1. Denise Says:

    Merry Christmas 🎁 to you! Denise

  2. Bob Says:

    In all my travels and years of teaching pilots from all over the world, I’ve come to the conclusion that we are all exactly the same. I read that the outcome of the human genome project showed that we are all within 99.9999999% of each other genetically and we should celebrate our minuscule genetic difference. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if we wish each other a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”, except for the right wing bigots who believe there’s some left wing conspiracy war on Christmas. In 45’s speech to the troops on Saturday he made a big deal about wishing them a Merry Christmas this year. Sadly, our head of State continues to try to divide us rather than to unite us.

    When I was a little kid in NYC we would visit our Catholic friends house for Christmas and they would come to our house for Chanukah. Kwanza wasn’t invented yet. We enjoyed and celebrated our different celebration of the season.

    Let’s take a minute and wish each other, good health, good fortune and a peaceful new year, regardless of our religious, racial, ethnic or national origin differences. In the end we are all just human beings.

    Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

    • Spaceman Says:

      Except for people who voted for Trump?

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I so very much love your last paragraph, and I do wish that differences would no longer divide us but give us reasons to celebrate.

      I learned when I lived in Africa to take things as they are, not how I expected things to be. Iy made life easy!

      I hope you had a wonderful day!

      • Spaceman Says:

        My work colleagues are principally engineers – a few dozen; mainly electricals, mechanicals,and a few chemicals. Smart people to a person. They tend to be on the analytic side and their work demands a deliberate approach to problem solving and issues. It is quite hard to feed them a line of bull – you better know what you are talking about if you want to convince them of something. Most of them voted for Trump and they seem pleased with Trump’s accomplishments so far.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I can’t even fathom that they are pleased with Trump’s accomplishments so far as the only one is the flawed tax bill rewarding himself and his mega-wealthy cronies.

        He certainly has proved he doesn’t know what he talks about. He focuses with his own weird lens.

      • Spaceman Says:

        Many of my colleagues would respectfully beg to differ on that. I don’t watch much TV except for movies so I keep up with news and opinion via the internet. RealClearPolitics is a site (in my opinion) that has a reasonable balance of news and opinion pieces – if you are interested in that sort of thing.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I read and watch a variety of news articles and programs. Okay, I admit I enjoy articles which reaffirm my thoughts about Trump. That doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t read or watch conservative viewpoints.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Merry Christmas – Happy Holidays – God Jul – Fröhliche Weihnachten – Barka da Kirsimatikuma !

  4. Spaceman Says:

    Totenham has a really good team and is fun to watch, so it’s a good one to adopt. I never played futbol except for rec purpose, but I have refereed for a long time and have a keen interest in the sport. Watch maybe 3 or 4 games a week in the English premier league and the Bundesliga (German liga). Barka dà Kirsìmatì means Merry Christmas – but what does the first phrase mean?

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      My Colorado family has always been soccer fans. My nephew played on a club team starting at age 5. His playing ability brought him a full scholarship to Oregon State. His son, now 11, is playing football.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      Afenhyia pa! is Twi for Merry Christmas.

      • Spaceman Says:

        Congrats to him, he has be a very good player to get a full ride to a division one school. The USA is still a full notch behind world class soccer (as evidenced by the recent failure to qualify for the next Men’s World Cup). Big difference is that in Europe the professional clubs start recruiting promising players when they are quite young (10-14) and they offered enrollment in a soccer academies sponsored by the club and get a traditional education in parallel. And instead of going to college, the standout players go straight into developmental leagues for intensive training and playing experience.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        The only soccer my nephew played outside the team was his high school soccer which the team league encouraged. His H.S. team was undefeated his junior and senior years, and he was all-state starting his sophomore year. Many of his teammates also received full scholarships and one was a member of a past American Olympic team. He still has reunions with his friends from soccer. They have remained close.

        He had wanted to continue but an issue with his leg prevented him, but he stays involved by coaching.

        Colorado has club ball which plays all year. It is quite competitive. By the time Ryan was ten, he was traveling all over, and his team made it to the nationals in Florida twice when Ryan was in high school. They won their division one year.

        My sister, Ryan’s mother, used to say the athletes were spoiled. Tutors traveled with them, and, when they were playing here on the east coast, it got cold so the school flew cold weather sweats to them. I was lucky to see him play at Marist.

  5. sprite Says:

    Belatedly, Merry Christmas, to you too! (Are we up to drummers for today?)


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