Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

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Yes, the Christmas season is upon us.​

You have only a week left to complete your shopping, and even less to get all those cards signed, addressed and mailed. The cards you have received are proudly displayed in a prominent place in your home. And you are looking forward to a leisurely four-day extended weekend.

Your plans are made, whether you are hosting this year's festivities or are traveling to attend them. Your decorations are hung, and the tree is just perfect. Boxes and packages wrapped with bright papers and vivid bows. The stockings are overflowing with little goodies. Christmas decorations are scattered around the house, from the red, white and green kitchen towels to the antique nativity set in the living room, lovingly handed down through the family over the years.

Children are sneaking peeks at the wonders piled under the tree, They pick them up, mentally weighing each one, shaking, listening, feeling. Anxious to learn what is inside the colorful paper. Is it that one special toy I want they wonder. To be sure, they are making final additions to their wish lists.

Everyone you meet seems to be in the holiday spirit. From the clerk at the gas station to your coworkers and neighbors. Smiles come quicker, and cheerful sentiments abound. It is infectious, as you find yourself instinctively wishing everyone all the best of the season. Only a week now you think to yourself.

And before you realize it, that week has passed. It is now Christmas morning.

Before you can even think about it, the kids are tearing into all those brightly-wrapped boxes. You rub the sleep from your eyes and automatically grab the camera to document their excitement. Yes! Yes they will scream with glee. In the blink of an eye, your living room has been transformed from a Norman Rockwell painting of holiday perfection to a total disaster, filled with discarded wrapping paper, bows and boxes that makes the dog very nervous. But the cat is having the time of her life.

Soon, the extended family has arrived. Siblings and spouses, parents and grandparents, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, aunts and uncles, some you haven't seen in years. All gathered together today for one grand celebration of family, food and fellowship. You catch up with each other's lives, and marvel at the children's growth.

The fragrance of the kitchen soon invades every corner of the house. As eagerly as the children anticipated opening presents, you look forward to the feast that is soon to come. The collective cooking talents of the entire family is brought to fruition for the day's repast. Edible delights cover every square inch of the kitchen countertops. Casseroles, salads, side dishes, and the inevitable pies, cakes and cookies make you gain weight just looking at them.

You happily assist the cooks in the kitchen, but you know it is just a ruse to sneak little morsels to satisfy your hunger. You are shooed out of the kitchen, and find total contentment watching the children play with their newly obtained booty. You resign yourself to the fact that by the time dinner is served, half the batteries will be dead. There are multiple conversations occurring at once and you try to listen to all of them, only to be distracted by the football game on the TV. The fumble, the 36-yard pass, the touchdown, all competing for your attention.

In the middle of all this, you find time to say a silent prayer to all the service personnel protecting our freedoms, wherever in the world they may be dispersed. As you try to catch the replay on TV, you are commanded by one of the kids saying Watch me! Watch this at the same time you are talking to a cousin and wishing you could hear, Dinner's ready!

It is truly a magical time of year.

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!!
 
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The reality is for alot of people that is not the way it is.
But Merry Christmas anyway.
 

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And a Merry Christmas to everyone.

Be mindful of the King who's birth we celebrate.
 

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That's what I am right now. My glucose meter just pegged at 700.

All the nieces and nephews are over making cookies for Christmas. Those thumbprint cookies are good along with sugar cookies, buckeyes.

There's not too many years left of "kids being kids" so I thought it was necessary to take off an evening and spend some time with them.

Now all we need is Frosty the Snowman and Charlie Brown's Christmas movies goin' in the background, some old classics of METALLICA to warm my heart of Christmas past.

Egg Nog without alcohol? WRONG!!! Time for cake!!!

 
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Merry Christmas, I hope your next year is good for you.
I wish all the best for you and your family.

I still need to do shopping though, and the Seahawks are playing today.
Oh, what to do.

Merrry Christmas!

photo taken at Horseshoe Bay in Canada on the way back from Blackcomb/Whistler Ski resort.
 
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