holidays, life

Where Did Christmas Go?

I haven’t spent much time online or in social media over the holidays and haven’t been in the blogging world. I’m sure you understand that the holiday season is a busy one. Considering that I was sick for three weeks of December and had a broken refrigerator since the Monday before Thanksgiving, mine had a little extra work this year.

However, all turned out well. My refrigerator got fixed in the nick-of-time on the Friday before Christmas, so my first family Christmas Eve in my home went splendidly. My thirteen-year old nephew surprised us all, when instead of an ugly Christmas sweater, he wore an entire suit. He’s a lot of fun.

I hope everyone else’s holiday went well, and wonder if others experienced the marathon rate in which it came and went. I don’t know if it’s because I was sick, plus the daily meltdown I had over the broken refrigerator (seriously, I was a mess over that fridge). I was so focused on those two things, that in the anticipated days ahead, I missed the Christmas cheer. I love the holidays, and this year I basically stayed on my bed for an entire week in December due to the virus. Next, I graduated to the sofa for a couple days. After that, I wasn’t feeling one hundred percent, so I worked on preparations just a little bit each day until suddenly, Christmas Eve had arrived.

My home right before the crowd arrived.

Usually I feel a sense of accomplishment, yet relief when it’s all over. I look forward to taking down decorations, because nearing the end of the season, they start to look like clutter. This year I didn’t get to enjoy them much, so I felt sad taking them down. I took the opportunity during the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day, when I felt better, to spend time sitting quietly around our lighted Christmas tree.

During my time away from the internet, I jotted down a few observations for future philosophical blog posts. I don’t know when I’ll get to them since I’ve been writing more lately. A couple of them have to do with the holidays, so they’ll be a bit late, but this is my blog and I can write about whatever I feel like, right?

I look forward to reading your blogs again.

P.S. Our refrigerator is still working but was making a funny noise. My husband fixed that himself, yesterday.

P.P.S. The header photo on my blog today is how the weather has looked over the past week. No snow. Pretty nice, but it’s raining today.

So, did your holidays go by as fast as mine?



23 thoughts on “Where Did Christmas Go?”

  1. Lori, I feel so for you being sick over Christmas. Poor you. If it is anything like I’ve had you’re totally out of it for a week or so, almost deaf, non-stop coughing, lack of sleep. I hope you’re emerging from the fug of illness and hope you’re soon fully well. It really is a reminder about the importance of our health and how we take it for granted.

    I love your photos and your nephew looks terrific in his Christmas suit!! That must have brightened up your day a little.

    Good news about the fridge working … we got our kitchen refit completed just before Christmas and I’m once enjoying cooking and working in the kitchen!

    Keep warm and take good care of yourself … patience and rest is of the utmost importance. hugs xx

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    1. Hi Annika. I was glad to read that you and your family are doing much better and your kitchen is in order now. We’re doing well here now, too, and the fridge is still running. Keeping fingers crossed.

      Thanks for the kind comment. 🙂

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  2. Your house looked gorgeous and your nephew seems very sweet. I didn’t put up any decorations this year apart from some fairy lights, which I will leave up all year. Decorations feel too cluttery in my small house. Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi DS. I haven’t always decorated. I usually go by my mood. Since we were having Christmas Eve for the first time, I put up most of our decorations. I wanted to get a real tree, but with my virus, it was difficult to look for them in the cold weather, so we used the artificial one.

      Thanks for sharing and for the nice comment. Many blessings to you in the new year.


    1. I don’t blame your son for being sad the tree came down. For kids to wait another entire year seems like an eternity to them. Once we become adults though, we blink and the year is has gone by already. Happy New Year Abbi.


  3. Your house looked wonderful – your fireplace is beautiful! (I love a real fireplace.) I’m glad you are finally over your illness and all those refrigerator headaches – what a pain!

    Your nephew is a handsome young man who seems to have a really jolly sense of humour! I love the suit! 😀

    Good to see you back – happy new year!

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    1. You know, I think I would’ve handled the broken fridge better if it hadn’t been Christmas. I had a lot of food for the holiday and needed it desperately.

      Thanks so much for the nice comment. Wishing you lots of blessings in the new year, Lynette.

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    1. Oh boy, no fridge for a month, like me. I was a mess. I was having lots of company for the holidays and actually needed an extra fridge for the food. Of course, it’s working now.

      Thanks for the good wishes. Many blessings to you in the new year as well, Z Lady.

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  4. I think a lot of people were sick over Christmas this year and many are feeling relief that it’s over – the hype and the sickness – and are looking forward to a good year ahead, which is what I wish for you..

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    1. You’re right. I’ve talked to a lot of people who’ve had some bug or another, including my mom.

      Thanks for the good wishes, Anneli. Many good wishes to you as well.

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  5. Love the nephew’s ugly Christmas suit! My son made his own duct tape sports jacket his senior year in high school and wore it until it wore out…oh yeah, duct tape doesn’t really wear out…
    Glad things are settling down for you, Lori.

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    1. I know, right? That ugly Christmas suit was so funny, and so is a duct tape sports jacket. Hope you had a nice holiday, Laura. Blessings to you in the new year.


  6. Lori – it sucks being sick, especially over the holidays. Our Christmas went quickly, we never put up a tree and basically did stockings. But it was nice. Refrigerator problems are such a pain, I am glad everything is running smoothly again!!!

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    1. Hi SD. We don’t always put up a tree either. We just do whatever the season calls us to do each year. I hope you had a nice one and that your mom is doing better.

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  7. I’m glad your holiday went well Lori, if not quite according to plan! I got sick with flu on boxing day and have only just got over it so it was all a bit of a blur here too – I think winter is passing fast so far this year. Wishing you all the best for this new year.

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    1. Oh no. I’m sorry you were sick, too. I’ve been hearing about so many people catching colds, including my mom. I hope you’re feeling much better now and that you are blessed in this new year.

      Thank you for the good wishes.

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  8. Sorry you’ve been ill…never fun over Christmas. My two boys got sick just after Christmas (husband and toddler) and no one has been sleeping as a result so it’s actually a relief to have the house back to normal now that school has started again. I can finally clean in peace! Christmas seems to go by faster and faster each year.

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    1. Hi Chomeuse. I keep hearing about so many people who are catching colds. My mom has one now, too. Glad things are back to normal in your household. Thanks for stopping by.

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