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  • Daphne Budding

'Tis the Season

I love Christmas. I love the lights, and the decorations, and giving gifts. I love to decorate the tree. I love to decorate the house. I love to make special decorations. I love the Grinch. I love Santa Claus and Rudolph. I love the other eight reindeer. I can name them:

Reindeer tracks on a snowy deck

  • Dasher

  • Dancer

  • Prancer

  • Vixen

  • Comet

  • Cupid

  • Donner

  • Blitzen

I do not like Egg Nog.

Tis the Season to tell you about my Winter Holiday musings!

Growing up, my family had Christmas dinner at the home of my favourite aunt and uncle. We ate turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, jellied salad, and Christmas pudding with hard sauce. Then we opened gifts and laughed and played games and ate more. It is a wonderful childhood memory. I think of that day, repeated every year, and I have to smile.

I am grown now. My children are adults and gone from home, but my husband and I still hang our stockings and Santa visits. Even Freya, our dog, gets a gift from Santa. I still love Christmas. This time of year seems to bring out the best in people. Even though it is chilly outside, people’s hearts seem warmer.

When life seems a bit too busy, I take steps to get into the Christmas spirit. Here are some critical things that help for that in no particular order: hot chocolate with marshmallows, the Bony M Christmas album (the greatest Christmas album of all time), Pentatonic Christmas album (#2 on my Christmas album list), shortbread cookies and, for my husband, butter tarts.

I hope that you have a lovely day. And if you are alone, because sometimes that does happen, find someone who is also alone and share the day with them. I have done exactly that and it turns a day that could be difficult into a day of fun. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, it just has to be done with warm intentions.

So have a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, a joyous Kwanzaa, a festive St. Nicholas Day, celebrate Bodhi Day, feast on the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, burn the Yule Log, and finally, have a happy New Year’s Day.

Talk next year.



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