“Christmas now surrounds us, Happiness is everywhere. Our hands are busy with many tasks as carols fill the air.” 

Today’s weather is winter, 38°, but the wind makes it feel colder. Luckily, though, I’ll be home all day. I have the sniffles so I’m going to baby myself. I’m too busy for a cold. Maybe I’ll outrun it. I do have a few errands but tomorrow is soon enough though I am a bit disappointed I won’t be getting my tree today.

I brought up some decorations yesterday, three trips from the cellar, but I’ve barely scratched the festive surface. There are bins and more bins to look through. I love finding decorations I haven’t used in a while.

I am my father’s daughter. Yesterday I sliced oranges so I could dry them to make ornaments. I also sliced two fingers. They bled profusely. I used tons of band-aids then went to gauze, and that finally stemmed the flow. This morning I took all the band-aids off both fingers. The finger with the smallest slice started to bleed, but one band-aid was enough. I’ll get the first-aid supplies ready. I have apples to slice.

Nala is wearing a Christmas neckerchief. It is red with decorated trees. I’m hoping Santa Claus will be taken in and not recognize her. Maybe he’ll think she’s on the good list though we know better.

I don’t remember how old I was when I found out about Santa Claus. I just remember not being disappointed or upset. Christmas was still Christmas, and I didn’t have to worry anymore about the naughty list. What a relief that was.

My mother made Christmas an extravaganza. We all helped decorate the house. When we were young, and my parents didn’t have much money, the cards went up and we stenciled the picture window with Santa and trees. The windows facing the street all had orange lights. The tree was beautiful and full every year even if it wasn’t. We decorated cookies and made ornaments. Santa never disappointed.

My mother always put out a set of four small ceramic Santa mugs. Their handles spelled noel. I don’t know what happened to that set, but I found a set just like it in an antique store. I bought it, and I put it out every year just as my mother did.

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4 Comments on “ “Christmas now surrounds us, Happiness is everywhere. Our hands are busy with many tasks as carols fill the air.” ”

  1. hedley Says:

    How do you throw away a Christmas Ornament ?

    We have far too many, so there are boxes that languish in the basement never to reach the family room and illumination on the tree. I am sure there are many “gosh I wish I had found that” items around but I really don’t have the energy or desire to plough through every random box

    We are trying to finalize our plans over the holidays but frankly it is like herding cats and I dont like cats. I am a planner and like to know arrangements. As the years have gone by the demands of my children their spouses and their children dont really allow that.

    So I will wait for the Eve of the celebration and hope for the joy of as many family members as possible,

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I think you can’t. It would be a sacrilege bordering on sinful.

      I know there are bins in the back which hold my Dickens’ village, my large size characters from A Christmas Carol and several Christmas stuffed animals. I just haven’t seen them in years. I think organizing the pile will be a task for the future. I think I’ll be happily surprised.

      I will be home alone this Christmas, but I have plans. I am going to have a special Christmas dinner, open presents and call my family. This will be the second year of a quiet Christmas,, but I was a nice Christmas last year so I’m hopeful it will be the same.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today was mostly cloudy and chilly. The big arctic breakout should hit Friday morning with temperatures around 9°F. We are not predicted to get above freezing until Sunday afternoon.

    Our plans for Christmas Day is to get Chinese food and go to the movies. It’s a long standing Jewish tradition. 🙂 Before we had kids, my wife would spend Christmas Day doing the, “Christmas Mitzvah”. The Dallas Jewish community volunteers to take over non medical jobs in area hospitals to allow our Christian neighbors to celebrate Christmas with their families. Of course, my wife along with other Jewish medical professionals also volunteered for the day. The Hebrew word, “Mitzvah” literally means performing a good deed.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I saw where so much of the country will have below freezing temperatures. Orlando was among the cities listed. It will be in the 40’s here through the weekend. I think Saturday or Sunday it will hit 50°.

      I have ordered a meal for Christmas Day from my usual place. I have never been disappointed. I don’t know about the Chinese restaurants near me. I’m never usually out on Christmas Day. Maybe I should take a ride.

      Thank you for the transaction of “Mitzvah.”

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