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

This morning has been busy. I went to Hyannis for a medical procedure then did a bit of shopping then went to the clinic. I am now in my cozies. Happy me!

The day was dark with ominous clouds when I left. It was spitting rain as my mother would have said. Many trees still had dead leaves on the lower branches. Their upper branches were bare silhouettes against the sky. As I was driving home, I got to thinking about the feeling of the day. It is a perfect start for a fairy tale, a grim one with witches and gnomes who live in the dark forest. Proceed with caution.

A bit ago the sun made an attempt to emerge from the clouds. The sky got brighter but the sun stayed behind, and that’s where the weather stands now. It is warmish at 45°, but there is a wind advisory. I don’t care. I’m staying inside warm and happy. I’ll continue decorating, and I have a couple of crafts I want to do. I also have a gingerbread house needing construction.

My house is beginning to look a bit like Christmas. I brought up my pine cone tree from the cellar and intertwined lights and a pine swag across the mantel. I hung the Christmas cards on twine with small clothespins just as my mother had done when we were young. I brought up the old nativity set. I haven’t placed it yet has it has to be where Nala can’t get it. Today I bought a few things at Rings including a couple of Christmas cards with a Cape theme; however, there is only one left. I did find pieces of the missing card.

When I was a kid, I loved everything Christmas. I loved decorating cookies and making ornaments. I read a Christmas Carol and watched the movie every single year. I followed along with the dialogue. Even now I still watch the movie and still follow along with the dialogue. Our tree had huge colored bulbs. They were beautiful. They also got really hot to the touch. We always had a real tree. Its aroma filled the living room. My sisters and I still get real trees. I can’t imagine having an artificial tree. Maybe when I’m old.

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

  1. William Says:

    Was this the “Kat” scan or the Watchman procedure? Was this the same Watchman from BOLGA?

    • katry Says:

      This was for the Watchman procedure.

      I hated it when that Bolga watchman ignored me. His dog barked like hell, and he pretended to sleep. Many times I had to climb that gate.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today, the sky was clear and bright with a high temperature of 56°. The low this morning was a chilly 34°. Yesterday evening, we drove along Main Street in Grapevine to look at the decorations while on our way to dinner. The historic street was brightly illuminated by thousands of lights outlining all the buildings, trees, and anything else that was stationary. Christmas lights delight both my spouse and my daughter. I can only take so much brightness and gaiety. 🙂

    You probably will have to set up your nativity scene on a high shelf. Nala will probably figure out a way to disarm or destroy any other defenses you try to deploy. 🙂

    We have another week to go until the big holiday. I’m sure the cash registers and the online sales are booming. My iPhone battery is getting ready to die and I don’t want to replace the battery on such an old phone. I’m waiting until December 26th when the big sales on electronics happen and replace it. I think that the recent inflation is over and was due to supply chain issues caused by the pandemic. For example, now we are producing more crude oil than we have in forty years. I wonder how many container ships are still awaiting to unload at the port of Los Angeles. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I love Christmas lights too. Our family always went on a light ride every year. It was one of my favorite Christmas traditions. We had special neighborhood’s we always visited. Some were brilliant with lights.

      You’re right. Nala is a creative thief. The only problem is she sometimes leaves things for months then takes them. I never know what she’ll take, what’s attractive to her. Food is the only thing I can be sure of.

      Christmas presents are fun to buy. I try to find just the perfect presents, and that takes time. Some gifts I make. This year I only made the gift tags and some natural ornaments. My finger didn’t allow for a lot of use. I think, though, they’ll be well received.

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