Monday, December 26, 2011

The Day After


Happy December 26th to those of you here in America and Happy Boxing Day to my English and Canadian friends!  I guess that for some of us we could call today Boxing-Up Day as that's when we start putting away all of the trappings and decorations and other accumulations of Christmas and get ready to welcome in a brand new year full of all sorts of wonderful opportunities and adventures!  For me today is really just "Sit Around and Chill Until I Have to Go Back into Work" Day as I'm feeling rather akin to a slug and have about zero ambition in spite of the fact that I slept quite well last night!

Speaking of last night, the girls and I had a wonderful time at our family's annual Christmas Night gathering which was held at my Aunt Eleanor's this year.  It's become the one time of the year when extended family gathers around to eat way too much good food and visit for a bit and I look forward to it every year.  At last night's gathering my cousin Chuck - whom I haven't seen in years and years - popped in and it was great to see him and laugh about old times in Canterbury.

Sometimes it's hard to believe just how many years have gone by but as I was explaining to Amanda on the way home last night who Chuck was on the family tree, it dawned on me that I haven't seen his oldest sister Diana (whom I was practically inseparable from during our high school years) in over 18 years. Amanda asked if there was some bad blood there and I said "no, we've just never found the time to get together." Even though I don't make resolutions I really think I need to do something about that and resolve to get together with her perhaps in this coming year.  After all, it's not like she lives far away and even if she did, I've gotten quite good at traveling hither, thither, and yon!

So ... except for the several people who called 911 yesterday and felt that it was necessary for them to scream and curse at me in order to get an ambulance there quicker, I would have to chalk this up to a nice Christmas weekend ... we had a great Christmas Eve dinner at a friend's house, the girls seem happy with their presents, I got to see extended family plus my son and his wife along with my two grandsons at my aunt's, and I slept like a Yule log once I got to bed last night!  All in all, not bad at all!

I hope that your Christmas was merry and bright as we head into this last week of 2011 and that there aren't too many eggnog hangovers!

15 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a perfect Christmas (except for the 911 screamers)... family, food, friends and fun... nothing could be finer! Except adding some wine-r! :)

    I'm stealing the reindeer and Christmas tree photo for my desktop... just so ya know. :)

    Enjoy your well-earned 4 days off!

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  2. have fun on those days off! happy new year honey!

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxooxxoox

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  3. What Barb said. People in my last employment really weren't very nice during the holidays. I so remember.

    Glad you had a great Christmas weekend. :)

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  4. Enjoy your time off! I look forward to some in January.

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  5. I'm glad that you had a nice Christmas. Hm, it seems kind of sad that so many people seem set on taking down all the holiday decorations. I've always thought of Christmas season lasting until New Years.

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  6. Yay for a fun family gathering!

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  7. Your Christmas visit with extended family reminds me very much of how Christmas always was when I was a kid -filled with family members -grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and our neighbors, who were like family to all of us. These days, it's just me, my kids and grandkids but I'm just glad even if it's just us, that we can be together. And the slug bug hit here very hard beginning on Sunday, continued through Monday but will have to begin to dissipate today as I'm going to have to resume cooking again this evening. Rats! I was liking the no cooking zone here cause it gave me a chance to read the book Mandy got me for Christmas -"Cleo" by Helen Brown. As a cat affectionado, you would love this book, Linda -highly recommend it! (But, be sure to have some tissues handy if you do get a copy!) Now, go have a great New Year and lots of travels whenever possible!

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  8. Love your new blog design! It was a pretty good xmas for me as well :) Now back to work :(

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  9. Heloo...nice blog and happy new year 2012,may god bless you....!

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  10. Enjoy your days off Linda, glad to hear you had a good Christmas. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. x

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  11. Hooray for having a good Christmas! Have some rest and some fun on your time off. Happy New Year to you and the girls!

    Big hugs, honey...

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  12. these decorations are so pretty Linda
    I'm glad you had a good Christmas aside from a few screamers
    enjoy the rest of the year :)

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  13. Darn! What I'm missing by not blogging!!! I've got to get away from so much FB and really enjoy my friends more frequently. So glad you had a good holiday. Believe it or not, I'm the "matriarch" of my family. Sad, sad, sad. I have an older cousin, but other than that and my kids, nada. Please do visit your cousin this year, if you can. I didn't take very good notes about family affairs, and now there's no one left to ask - hasn't been really, since my mom died in '92, when I was 45. Good grief! When did the earth start spinning faster???
    ~~~Blessings~~~

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  14. Nice to hear you had such a pleasant family Christmas. It's wonderful that you have maintained most of those ties over the year. There must be something historical or hysterical near your sister that you can photograph next year.

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  15. Happy New Year, Linda. Have a good 2012!

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