Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.
My son may have felt that that was my story as I explained to him just last week why I was sitting in the dark without turning on my Christmas tree lights. After a bit more conversation between us, he looked at me intently and asked, "Mom, are you all right?"
No, I really was not. Two years of this covid scare + a year of this joke of a president=one grumpy, annoyed woman. I needed Christmas in the worst way.
Early in December, this arrangement arrived from LL Bean courtesy of Laurel. It smelled so fresh and Christmasy. I used the ribbon Mary gave me to wind through it and called it good.
Then, for the first time, I purchased an amaryllis bulb and was pleasantly surprised when it actually bloomed and is about to bloom again.
There were a few ice storms this month and a couple of snowstorms. Snow fell gently most of Christmas day.
Since I did not feel like decorating the tree, I used candy canes and Christmas cards to fill it out.
The overstuffed chair holding Christmas gifts needing to be wrapped. The poinsettia was a gift from the Garden Center because I spent too much money there.
The poinsettia, the amaryllis ready to bloom again and a lovely lap quilt gift from a dear friend.
My grandsons Jake and Sam had chairs to sit in on Christmas Day. Now that they are adult sized, they appreciate those kinds of things. I hope Sam wasn't watching a spider.
Michelle and Adam tend to gifts with only a box of fir tips behind them. I remember the year I had the crockpot behind them and it snapped and crackled all afternoon.
At day's end, I wanted to document how tall Sam has become so used Aunt Laurel as a comparison.
Laurel gave me this pretty Christmas card with a message that doesn't fit me at all, but makes me wish that it did.
Now that Christmas has arrived, I am perfectly willing to let it continue right through January 6. I am slow to the party, but once it starts, I am all warmed up and ready to enjoy the season. I must remember this.