Merry Christmas To All!

Merry Christmas to all!! Thank you for your friendship, insights, and kind words over the last year–I am truly grateful for everyone that says hello or shares their thoughts.

From the depths of my heart, my wish for you in the new year is that your life is filled with peace, joy, abundance, and good health.

I hope you have joyous Christmas or, if like me you’re stuck at home, that you can find small and quite ways to celebrate the day, whether that be a walk outside, a cup of hot tea, or sitting down with a journal and a dream for times to come.

Personally, I opted out of Christmas this year due to a compromised immune system paired with rampant cases of covid. Admittedly, I felt some relief when an extended family member tested positive, Christmas festivities were cancelled, and my parents decided to stick to online mass.

The great switcharoo ensued, and gifts swaddled in titillating controversy were replaced by a robin’s egg blue and the overwhelming smell of artificial pine and not-quite-cinnamon. The idea of spending Christmas away from family is almost as off-putting as the scent. But it’s the right decision.

Meet Floppy the itty bitty, lopsided, glittery pine–my Costco Christmas treasure:


If you are alone on Christmas, whether my choice or necessity, here are a few fun holiday gems to set a sparkle back in your eye.

Mush, Mush!

I’ve never lived in snow and, based on my parents’ stories of growing up in Chicago and Detroit, I’m not sure I care to. However, is this not the cutest thing ever? If I were to ever have a child and a St. Bernard, I would love to recreate this. It’s from a collection of photographs of children from the 40’s and 50’s at play (source).

An Appeal to Heaven

On this day in 1776, George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River at night to attack Hessian forces serving Great Britain at Trenton, New Jersey, the next day. It was a small but pivotal battle in the American Revolutionary War. Here’s the famous painting: “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze, MMA-NYC, 1851:

The First Christmas Card

According to the Library of Congress, this is the first known commercial Christmas card. It was the work of Henry Cole, a British civil servant, in 1843. That was same year that Charles Dickens published “A Christmas Carol.” The British television series Victorian Farm Christmas delves into the meaning of the imagery. If I recall correctly, it depicts the family sharing a meal with their household and farm workers and giving to the poor.

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A Holiday Beating

Meet Krampus, the horned, anthropomorphic figure in Central and Eastern Alpine folklore who, during the Christmas season, scares children who have misbehaved. On December 5th, St. Nicholas sets out to distribute treat to the good children while Krampus visits and beats the bad children.

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why…

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Laughs, Chuckles, and Snorts

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I’ve lived in Phoenix for 33 years and never noticed this, and now I can’t unsee it.

Merry Christmas, all!!

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  1. hahah the palm trees!!! LOL

    We also decided to do Christmas just within our own household… It was a heartbreaking choice/reality but it was for the best… and surprisingly, it turned out to be a splendid day! 🙂

    Happy Christmas! 😀

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    1. Happy New Year! Our Christmas consisted of a series of video calls… “we can’t hear you!” and “did so-and-so open the small gift yet?” and “wish were there!” Yes, heartbreaking, yet still splendid is so true. 🙂

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  2. What an entertaining post as usual. Let’s start with your Costco tree …… not sure about the tree but your wrapping paper on the presents is just great, love it. I suppose that some enterprising person has made a billion $ out of it! The old b&w image of the child with the big St Bernard dog resonated with me. I have old photos like that of myself, without the dog, having been born in 1947 and spent a childhood in the 1950s.
    Anyway, thank you for following my new blog, still only 20 followers, compared to about 1500 on my previous blog. I always look forward to your posts and usually find something I can comment on. I still haven’t reblogged your Rittenhouse article but I will soon. Happy New Year etc etc etc

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    1. The wrapping paper was a bit of a splurge, but people on both sides of political spectrum are displeased with our leadership… this was a great opportunity for a “let’s laugh so we don’t cry” moment. It was hit! Yes, I adore the picture of the child with the dog–there is something so sweet and innocent about it, reminiscent of the days before video games and other electronics. Happy New Year to you!!

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  3. I’m glad I wasn’t sipping my tea when I saw the first photo.
    The palms are difficult to put lights on. However, I’ve seen it done well.
    I hope that you were able to capture the essence of Christmas a tiny bit, even if away from your family.
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Haha!! Being apart from family in the midst of a pandemic, it seemed appropriate to find something to laugh about… and the wrapping paper achieved just that. 😁
      Since finding that palm tree image, I’ve been paying attention and every tree I’ve seen here is wrapped up the truck, but not out to the fronds, so just a vertical column. It certainly can be done well.
      Yes, I had a lovely Christmas, and hope that you did as well! And Happy New Year!

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