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The Christmas Lead Up

I’m not a fan of the holidays.  There, I said the quiet part out loud. 

I would love nothing better than to just travel on Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.  But alas, as COVID drags on, and I still have to work, and the weather is terrible in the Pacific Northwest, I’ll be teeing up for another one.  Whee.  Once I retire, I swear, I’ll be hitting the road for the holidays!

I can’t really explain why I don’t enjoy them.  It’s just so much pressure.  Decorating.  Baking.  Shopping.  Wrapping.  Standing in line at the post office (ugh that one is overwhelming; thank God for Amazon). On top of the fact that it is one of the busiest times of the year for my work.

Shopping for a turkey or ham that is suitable for one or two people is an exercise in futility.  In my ordinary life, anytime I make food I have to eat it for the next week, but what the heck am I going to do with a 10 pound turkey?  My mom and I still have a bunch of ham in the freezer from Thanksgiving.  Maybe we’ll just pull that out.

Then you see everybody forced into the holiday cheer, and stressed, and cranky and taking it out on you.  I have a couple of exes that did that with a particular gusto.  The days of walking on eggshells.  Dealing with the drunken rants.  Not to mention that having a partner at the holidays shouldn’t mean double the work for me.

Coraline peeks from her favorite spot

One of my previous bosses enjoyed the holidays so much that she forced her management team into a performance of the Twelve Days of Christmas at the annual holiday breakfast.  That was awful.  She probably never had any inkling that some of her staff would have merrily lined up for a root canal to get out of that torture.  Did I mention that there were hats required too?  What makes people so clueless?  Especially at a holiday party that has no booze? 

I should have gotten an Oscar for my acting that morning.

So anyway, if you are like me and the holidays leave you feeling like you want to flee, and lay on a warm beach somewhere away from all the people, please know that I understand.  You are not alone.  Maybe we can share a room; bring lots of books.

Merry Christmas

The tradition of releasing Chinese paper lanterns is mysterious, but scholars generally agree that the first paper lanterns were created and launched about 2,000 years ago. They gradually became part of a festival tradition, and people write wishes on the lantern before lighting them and releasing them into the sky, where they float for a few minutes before burning out and returning to the ground.

I spent Independence Day weekend this year down at the Hood Canal with friends and we released our paper lanterns into the sky after dark one evening.  I can’t tell you what my wish was, as I’m still waiting for it to come true…

This photo of my friend Brandon releasing a lantern is one of my favorite photos of the year.  It reminds me of my new beginning; my chance to this time have my wishes come true.

To you and yours, Merry Christmas.

 

Merry Christmas!

I have spent the day enjoying good food, great wine and excellent company today.  The weather is cold, but partly sunny, and we went for a nice hike on the beach and the bluff this afternoon.

Here’s hoping that you and your family are enjoying a wonderful Christmas.  May there be peace, love and hope in your lives.

Merry Christmas!

Camille

Merry Christmas!

I hope that everybody had a Merry Christmas and stuffed their faces silly with lots of high calorie foods and fantastic wine.  I know I did!  Over two days, we had prime rib, ham, mashed potatoes, au gratin potatoes, kale salad, squash salad, roasted beets, rolls, trifle, and red velvet cake (I know I’m leaving some things out…).  I also enjoyed sparkling Riesling, Picpoul Blanc, Merlot, apple cider, more apple cider and a taste of Zinfandel.  Not to mention fun with family, the glow of Christmas trees all lit up with sparkling ornaments, warm babies and warm cats snuggled on my lap (even at the same time!), and some lovely thoughtful gifts received and shared.  To top it all off, it wasn’t raining on the Pacific Northwest, and Jon and I enjoyed a nice hike at one of Washington’s National Historic Sites with his dad, brother and sister.  The views of the ocean and the farmlands of Island County at Ebey’s Landing National Historic Site were amazing, and unobscured by the clouds that are all too typical this time of year.

My thoughts go out to everybody who is struggling with illness or loss, or is experiencing the full force of mother nature, like my family in Michigan who are without power during an ice storm.  I am thinking of you all.  Even though I’m a day late, I want to wish a heartfelt Merry Christmas to all.  I am truly blessed.