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Putting Christmas Away

January 4, 2018

Ah… The Christmas Season! I love it! Decorations. Lights. Family. Friends. Festive foods. It’s like no other time of year. Our home is decorated to the nines. In every nook and cranny, there is something special. It’s been said our house throws up Christmas!

The holidays are over, and all I can say is – THANK GOODNESS! Yup, this is me, Mrs. Christmas saying, Bah Humbug!

The arrival of my daughter, favorite (and only) son-in-law, and three granddaughters on the day before Christmas Eve was the inciting incident. We were totally excited about celebrating Christmas with a four-month-old, and two-year-old twins. Yay! Fun times!

But wait! An unexpected Christmas gift came along with them. From the moment they walked through the door, the nasty flu bug was on their heels. Illness permeated the house. Suddenly, the happy family gathering became one of cranky little ones and cranky big ones, dealing with ear infections, coughs, and fevers.

On Christmas morning, I walked into the kitchen to be greeted by one of my granddaughters throwing up at the kitchen table. Fast action by my son-in-law caught the mess in his hands. (Merry Christmas, Mimi!)

The kitchen emptied out quickly, and I was the only one to remain. I spent the rest of the day there, carrying on a conversation with myself and preparing our Christmas dinner. (Hello, is anyone there? I could use some help!) No one listened to my call. They were busy napping or taking care of the sick. By the time six o’clock rolled around, everyone managed to present themselves at the dinner table. A champagne toast was made, and, as my granddaughters say, “we clinked glasses.” That one glass of champagne was the best Christmas present ever! (More, please!)

After our daughter’s family left, my husband and I took time to enjoy the peace and quiet after the chaos and recuperate. On Tuesday of this week, we began the task of “putting Christmas away.” This ritual always makes me sad. All the preparations and anticipation that go into the holidays disappear (poof!) just like that.

Well, almost. These are the last remnants of our holiday decorations. I’m sending them down to the dungeon to think about how they can make next year’s holiday season a more joyous and healthy one. Or better yet, I think my husband and I will spend Christmas at my daughter’s house and sit and enjoy whatever the holiday brings.


Now, with a squeaky clean and disinfected house, it’s time to dive into 2018 with gusto. I have high hopes for a great year for everyone!








A Wish for 2018

December 28, 2017

Like the peace and unspoiled beauty found in new-fallen snow, may 2018 bring the same peace and beauty into our world.

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Happy New Year!

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December 29, 2016


Cheers to a hoppin’ good New Year!

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2015

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I raise a glass of cheer and wish everyone health, happiness, and all good things in 2016!

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January 1, 2015



Happy New Year!

January 2, 2014

Welcome to 2014



Words of Wisdom for the New Year

December 26, 2013

At this time of year when many of us look back at our accomplishments and failures, these words of wisdom offer simple things we can do to become better people in the New Year.

Listen – no interrupting, no eye-rolling, no planning your response.

Send a note to someone to say you’re thinking of them.

Show your love. Hugs, kisses, and a gentle touch are perfect.

Make someone’s day. Give them a compliment.

Be sensitive to the needs of others as well as your own.

Remember the power of prayer for yourself and others.

Do a favor for someone. It says you care.

Laugh at yourself and with others. It heals the body and soul.

Smile. It’s contagious!

Be positive. It’s uplifting.

Make yourself the best you can be in 2014. Happy New Year, Everyone!

(Adapted from 10 Free Gifts for Christmas – author unknown)

Ring-A-Ding-Ding! 2012

December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”  ~Author Unknown



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