“Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance-each beautiful, unique and gone too soon.”

Today is another cloudy day. It is cold, and rain mixed with snow is predicted. I have no reason to be out, but I have many reasons to be inside and busy. Yesterday I ended up cleaning the house. Clumps of dog fur forced me to vacuum, and paw prints all over the kitchen floor meant washing it. I even made my bed. I had to take stuff down the cellar one step at a time. By the time I was finished moving, cleaning, dusting and bed making, I was exhausted. I never did get upstairs until cat time just before I went to bed.

When I was a kid, every day brought piles of Christmas cards. The mailman came in the morning and in the afternoon. We used to hang the cards on a string across the living room. My Aunt Barbara always sent me a card. I was thrilled to have my own card to open. Sometimes I’d hang it on the tree in a bare spot near the trunk. My mother had a green file box to keep track of the cards she sent and received. If she didn’t get a card from someone three years in a row, the someones were dropped off the list. I still send Christmas cards. I spend time looking for just the right cards. They have to be me.

I have a few people who send Christmas newsletters. After I read their letters, I am sure my life is dull and drab compared to theirs. One newsletter gives me an update of everyone in the family. They are a particularly talented clan. I am tempted to write one tongue in cheek. Last year I climbed Everest. I invented a perpetual motion machine. I swam the Channel then swam back again.

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9 Comments on ““Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance-each beautiful, unique and gone too soon.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Rainy and very windy here today but I almost saw the sun for a few seconds 🙂

    I do miss when people send christmas cards. It was actually the only time in year when it was fun to go to the mail box, after all bills aren’t that fun to find 🙂 🙂

    I’ve never had one of those Christmas letters, make a fun one and I would gladely recieve it 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      It is getting damp now which makes the day feel even colder. I want the sun!

      I have to write them out then mail them. I am impressed at how soon you got out your cards. I love it. Your card is so beautiful. Thanks!

      I should work on a fake newsletter. It might be fun. I’d definitely send you one.

  2. Erin Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I have a friend who always sends the Christmas newsletter. Everyone is extraordinary (or else we likely wouldn’t be getting the damned newsletter.) I find it depressing. I was tempted to send one back to her being perfectly honest, with photos of our cluttered basement, the still being remodeled master bathroom (after one year with no tub) and the honey truck sucking out three years worth of stuff headlining it “same old crap, here.”


    • katry Says:

      Ryan’s in-laws,the Overturfs, always send a newsletter. They talk about all their children, the children’s spouses and the grandchildren. They are a talented bunch.

      I like your idea of honesty or you could write blatant lies, stories of triumphant.

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I haven’t received one of those Christmas newsletters in awhile, thank goodnesses. Why would I care that little Jimmy broke his arm playing baseball last spring or that the pet snake finally died. My wife’s friend’s husband always puts together beautiful Christmas cards with intricate moving parts or containing a project to build from those enclosed pieces. Otherwise, cards in general are a cheap and thoughtless way to relieve your guilt for not contacting someone during the previous year. 🙁 I don’t even to send free digital cards anymore. Sending a holiday greeting on Facebook is a perfect solution. 🙂

    I’m glad that one of my coworkers has taken all of his vacation in December so I don’t get into a discussion of Merry Christmas with him as I have in the past holiday seasons. He’s one of those jerks that thinks that there’s a war on Christmas which manifests itself in the words “Happy Holidays”. He’s also convinced that there’s a Muslim conspiracy in this country led by Nancy Pelosi to replace our legal system with Sharia law from the Koran. Obviously, he’s nuts and a Trumpster. 🙁

    Today is another clear day with temperatures in the mid sixties.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I carefully pick my cards. Some I got on the Edward Gorey site while I have a few from the Poe gift shop. The box ones come from museums. They are definitely not cheap. You are a humbug which is ironic as you don’t celebrate Christmas. I always think of my cards as a way to stay connected. No guilt involved.

      He does have all the earmarks of a Trumpster. To say he’s nuts is redundant. That’s inherent in the brand.

  4. Mark Says:

    Wow! The music is back and just in time for Christmas! Thank you!

    • katry Says:

      I played around with my iPad today and found a way to post my music. I was thrilled I could start Christmas.

  5. Hedley Says:

    Yea, stringing cards was super cool, we also spent endless hours making paper chains and stringing those across the room for linkage to fail or whatever.

    I am working up to a discussion of tinsel clumping, but don’t we do that each and every year down the KTCC ?

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