“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”

Merry Christmas!

Outside is ugly; it’s cold and rainy. I left my Christmas lights lit all night so the yard never got dark. Down the street, my neighbor’s house was also lit all night with their house outlined in lights and a few inflatables on the lawn. We kept the street festive.

I have opened gifts from one sister and spoken to her to thank her for the great presents. I’ll open the rest of my presents when I finish here. The coffee is ready. I can smell it in the air.

When I was a kid, the first look on Christmas morning was over the bannister at the tree in the corner piled with toys in front and no floor space to the back. There was no particular order to the toys, to the piles, but I knew which one was mine, right away. Sometimes it was second on the left, partly in front. I remember the bike hid all the other presents. I remember another year when the Sorry game was leaning on another game. Another year I found toys after I had seen all the gifts. My mother had found them in the back of the closet. She sneaked them into my pile but I found them right away. We both laughed.

My mother artistically arranged all the toys in front of the tree. I remember dolls sitting in high chairs or sleeping in carriages and tea sets ready for the party. When I was older, the gifts were wrapped. They were the surprises, as good as Santa’s surprises. Our stockings were always the best, with little gifts falling over the top edge and spilling into a bag. They were all wrapped too. I loved my stocking. It was the stocking of legend.

The coffee is ready. I heard it beep. I’ll also have a bit of the bread my neighbor brought. I think it might be banana. That sounds like a good start to Christmas Day. Late in the afternoon, I’ll have my Christmas dinner. Right now it is on to the gifts piled in the living room.

Have a wonderful day and a Merry Christmas!

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6 Comments on ““Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My neighbor across the street left their lights on all last night and all day today. And it was dark enough to be appreciated. My door wreath lights are on an internal timer that can’t be changed but I had all my downstairs lights on in an effort to brighten the dark.

    The first sight we had of Christmas presents was when we hit the bottom of the stairs and went through the living room door. The tree was visible with all its wrapped packages but we couldn’t see what Santa Claus had left until we were in the living room because those were on the couch and one chair. We each had a designated space. The toys weren’t wrapped and we could play with them right away. I suspect that was to give our parents an extra bit of sleep on Christmas morning.

    Coffee sounds like a wonderful idea. I might have some while waiting for the Christmas ham to cook.

    Merry Christmas, Kat.

    • katry Says:

      HI Caryn,
      I left my outside lights on all day and night as well. There are no streetlights and most houses are dark early so the bulbs were bright all night long.

      The tree was perfectly positioned so I got to see my stuff right away. The big things like bikes and wagons were in the front. It made sense that nothing was wrapped. Every Santa’s bag I saw in movies and cartoons had toys hanging over the top of the bag, usually a doll.

      It was a quiet day, but a nice day.

      Marry Christmas, Caryn!!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Merry Christmas! Today the sun is shining and the temperature right now 3:00 PM, at the DFW airport, which is the offcial temperature reporting site is, 82°. That’s a new record for December 25th. The old record of 80° was set in 2016, I live three miles from the airport so I’m a little warm. 🙂

    Earlier we walked around Historic Downtown Grapevine. No crowds today to catch Covid. All the stores, restaurants and wine tasting rooms were closed but we window shopped the historic buildings. After all Grapevine is, “The Christmas Capital of Texas”. 🙂 Hopefully, next year Covid will be a thing of the past and we can join the crowds and get the full experience. Then, we filled up on Chinese food. That’s an old reformed Jewish tradition for Christmas Day. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We did reach 40 for the day but it rained almost all day so it felt damp and cold. I stayed inside and was warm and dry.

      My dinner was delicious. I also have enough leftover for dinner tomorrow. The cheesecake dessert was just right.

      I haven’t had Chinese in a while so now I’m thinking it’s time.

  3. Birgit Says:

    It was cold but sunny today, time for a walk to a nearby pond in the afternoon. We just had Christmas dinner, fish, broccoli, mushrooms and cheesecake with egg liqueur. Our neighbor town got a little bit of snow but unfortunately not our town. Still waiting for this fluffy white stuff to brighten up the world.
    Happy Holidays everyone!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Birgit,
      The rain made it feel cold all day. The dogs even felt cold when they came back inside the house. We have had very little sun the last week but it has been warmish for December.

      North of us has had some snow but we haven’t, but even the snow they had was way less than usual. It is the same in Colorado where my sister lives. They have yet to have a snow storm of any proportions. It is a crazy winter.

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