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Merry Almost-Christmas

December 23, 2010

Thankfully this year has been nearly blessedly free of all the horrible Christmas snarkiness that seems to have been circulating the last few years. The whole Happy-Holidays-vs-Merry-Christmas BS and all that stuff. Who cares? Say what you want to say and be happy that someone is sending a greeting your way, no matter what holiday they are celebrating. ANYWAY. We celebrate Christmas at our house, and I think we’d like to start celebrating the solstice too. But no matter what you celebrate this time of year (or even if you don’t celebrate anything), it’s a good time to slow down and take stock and simplify.

This year we simplified a lot. We got a tree, and we decorated our mantel, but that’s about it. I barely did any shopping. I made a wreath. I had a crafty day with a friend. It’s been nice not to stress out, but next year I agree with Terri and I think we’d like to really dress up the house and make things special. This year, it seems like enough to just be IN our house. I’m grateful and happy every single day to be in the new house. I love it so much. I’m looking forward to making some plans for the house and yard. But mostly, I just love coming HOME every night. Makes my heart feel whole.

But, there’s still a couple days before Christmas. I have some plans. I have a teensy tiny bit of shopping to do. I am going to make a New York cheesecake for our Christmas dessert, and we’re going to have gluten-free pizza for Christmas dinner (what? we haven’t had pizza in months!). I’m going to make some GF sugar cookies for Terri (her favorites) and we’ll open some little gifts, watch some movies, play with the kitties and enjoy being home. Sounds pretty perfect to me.

Time to start thinking about the end-of-the-year wrapup, too. The review of the past 12 months, the books read, the goals accomplished, the looking-forward to next year. I like this part.

I will try to post some photos over the weekend, and will start the wrap-up posts after Christmas. In the meantime, may all of you have a wonderful weekend full of warm blankets, cozy books, loved ones, and all the things you like best in the winter.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2010 1:05 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and Terri! Your celebration plans sound perfect!

    • December 23, 2010 6:47 pm

      Thank you! I’m hoping for a really great stress-free day.

  2. December 23, 2010 5:06 pm

    Wishing you and Terri and all the furry loves in your life a very special and Merry Christmas in your new home! 🙂

  3. December 23, 2010 6:20 pm

    i kept waiting for the merry christmas/happy holidays debate again as well. im glad it never reared its ugly head. what a silly thing to argue over.

    your christmas day dinner sounds delicious. we’re having beef stew around here, from a recipe that i saw around blog land somewhere (jodis blog maybe?) anyway, im not much for it but jay and the boy will love it, and i can always pick around the hunks of meat.

    merry christmas , happy holidays, and all that!

    • December 23, 2010 6:48 pm

      I used to make “vegetarian” beef stew with all veggies and potatoes with a packet of fake beef gravy. Worked fairly well. Probably not exactly vegetarian or healthy. 🙂
      Happy Holidays, Merry Xmas, so on and so forth.
      All that really matters is sharing love and friendship, right?

  4. December 23, 2010 7:33 pm

    Merry Christmas!!!

    I’m so glad that your blessings abound. Hugs to you!

    • December 25, 2010 9:20 am

      They do, and we are so profoundly grateful. Merry Christmas!

  5. December 24, 2010 1:54 am

    Merry Christmas! Your plans to just relax with Terri and the kitties sound so cosy and lovely and wonderful 🙂

    • December 25, 2010 9:20 am

      Pretty perfect! Hope you are having a cozy one, yourself, Ana!

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