Merry Christmas Eve

The Christmas tree is decorated, the most we’ve done in years and I’m thrilled. In spite of the bimbo who said she would NEVER have multicolored in her home (sounds pretty snobby to me), my table top tree has both white lights and multicolored lights, vintage red ornaments that remind me of the ones my mom had, gnome ornaments, snowflakes and butterflies and frosted with silver tinsel. In the tree is a white and silver owl and a yarn Santa I made 40 years ago… made of pompoms and crochet spiral legs. On one side of the tree is a mama polar bear with three cubs, which is brand new, and on the other side of a light up doll of St. Lucia, that I’ve had for 35 years.

The prime rib is in the oven and it smells so good. Also having potatoes au gratin and green beans with sautéed onion, bacon and water chestnuts. Listening to Christmas music right now and will probably watch a Christmas movie tonight. Last night, I watched one based on the book I just finished “Christmas Eve in Friday Harbor”, yes, the Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. Spent some of my childhood on San Juan, so it was fun to read and to watch.

Merry Christmas Eve!!

Christmas, and even just life, is difficult right now with a pandemic, quarantine, economic uncertainty and unable to see family members. It’s been a rough year.

I so many posts and comments complaining about how “Christmas is cancelled” because places and events are being closed due to the pandemic. But Christmas isn’t cancelled. Only the normal celebrations are cancelled. Christmas is still here.

It’s all a matter of attitude. If something is closed, you find a different activity.

I watched the Grinch, a story we all grew up with. Yet some people didn’t learn the lessons that the story intended to teach.

Christmas isn’t a family party or presents or champagne. Christmas is an attitude.

If you have a roof over your head, have access to a car or transportation, enough food to eat, a job or savings, a means to communicate with others (phone, computer, tablet), able to learn about what is going on around you, can breathe, can walk, can talk.

These are all things that many people don’t have. Some are homeless. Many are hungry and sitting in food lines. Too many are in hospitals, some one ventilators and some of those will never recover. A lot of people have lost a spouse, a parent, a child and they don’t know where they go from here. There are some medical personnel who haven’t had a day off since March.

Under the circumstances, not being able to have a “normal” Christmas really isn’t that big of a deal. For most of us there will be next year. Trying to make a normal Christmas in a bad situation is a guarantee that more will not see another Christmas next year.

This whole year has not been a normal situation. No one ever dreamed that 2020 would go in this direction and be as bad as it has been. We all need to do our best to help make sure that things don’t get worse.

There are hundreds of ideas of alternative ideas to replace each activity in a normal Christmas celebration. You don’t have to give up connecting with friends and family, you just need to find new traditions.

Our ancestors did in 1918. We can do it too.

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