Friday, December 26, 2014

The day after Christmas

Well, it's December 26th, the day after Christmas

and here I sit, 'down in the mouth' as they often say in the South about people in a weird/sad mood.

For all the angst I had trying to get ready for the big day I am now sad that it is over.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could have the elves come down from the North Pole and do all our shopping, baking, cleaning house, going to events, wrapping gifts, all that stuff that just is WAY TOO MUCH in the month of December?

Yep, I think that is the answer. And, then we could just sit around and enjoy all the fun stuff... you know, laughing and carrying on with friends and family, opening presents and then taking a long nap after we've eating all that good food. Boy, what a holiday that would be. I really don't think Santa would agree to letting those little guys shirk their duty though, do you? It was a nice thought.

We've turned Christmas into a COMMERCIAL luge. Once you are on the track, there is no way to get off. I wish we could slow down, remember what Christmas really stands for and just feel blessed that we have another day to enjoy.

So, I've said my piece about Christmas.. I won't say another word until this time next year.

Oh, heck, wait a minute. I have pictures to share. What was I thinking? DUH....

So, enjoy the photos and then I will shut my mouth. I promise. I really do.

Our tree this year.
It's weird to walk into my daughter's house and see things I cherished for years. When I downsized, a lot of my things went to other members of the family for them to enjoy. Such is the ice skating pond that I had for years and years. It still works too and is enjoyed by my great-grands now.
my youngest great-grand just turned one.
Everyone gets into the act. Even the youngsters. Here's one of my great-grands glazing a ham.
And, a gift from my 'gentleman friend'. Wasn't he just the sweetest thing? I love it.
Some of my gifts piled on the end of my couch. Yep, it was a wonderful Christmas.


  1. Christmas started for us before Thanksgiving when we delivered gifts to NH. Then we opened gifts before Christmas with other family members. Our Christmas morning was spent on a three way Skype call then off to the movies and a Chinese dinner. Dan and I finally opened gifts in the afternoon. More Christmas yet to come with family members arriving this weekend but a wedding Monday will trump it all. Never had Christmas go on so long.

  2. Hi Latane, The Christmas tree is very, very pretty!!! AND I agree that all the hustle and bustle is over and I really am glad....all that pressure and hurrying and it is over so quickly! But it was fun for Jim and I and our family! Your "special present" is gorgeous! I really like jewelry! The little people in your family are so adorable!!! Enjoy what is left of the big holiday!

  3. Hello, I believe Christmas is a great time to be with family and friends. Your ring is lovely. I really enjoyed watching my great-nephew open his presents and play with the wrapping paper.. I love the photos, the pretty tree and your cute great-grand.. Have a happy weekend!

  4. Am having a wonderful Christmas at my brother's home in Huntsville, Alabama, for two weeks. This marks six months since my husband died from Mixed Dementia. Didn't know how I would fair at Christmas, but so far so good. I am SO busy that I haven't sat down to read your book yet. Maybe today is the day.

    Hugs and Happy New Year!

  5. Merry Christmas Latane. Glad u had a wonderful day.

  6. Hello from Kentucky! Christmas was busy here, too. I have complained for years about the commercialism of the season. I decided this year just to "go with the flow." I enjoyed the photos of your celebration. I think all ladies love jewelry. Your ring is very pretty. My Christmas jewelry gift this year was a bracelet. Happy New Year!

  7. Darn...I can't believe you are going through the after-Christmas let-down! I'm off to the phone...:-)

    The photos are great. Looks like a wonderful day!

  8. What a pretty tree and ring, too. Is that garnet or ruby? Can't tell from the my little computer screen. What a sweet gift :)
    Christmas used to be a bit of a let-down for me, too, but for the last couple of years I've been quite ambiguous toward it....somedays happy, somedays very sad. This year, though, when I felt the sadness from missing my family members who are no longer in my life, I decided that I don't have that many Christmas' left, and I was going to enjoy it no matter who or what got in the way (and believe me, some people tried real hard) So glad I did, too....about time I scolded myself. We went to our daughter's home in Charlotte this year and met up with our youngest daughter who came down from Ohio. There were 5 adults, 2 large dogs and a sick little 1-year old sharing one bathroom, but we enjoyed ourselves in spite of the cramped quarters. Only wish we lived closer to each other so we could see each other more than once a year, but I thank God for that one time a year. Here's to next Christmas, Latane. Have a great week ahead.

  9. oh i enjoyed all your photos, love your new ring! and that ice skating rink is so cute! i always feel a little depressed right after christmas too....hugs!

  10. You are an amazing woman, Latane. I'm so happy to have Skyped with you.
    I love your ring.
    My hubby is dealing with prostate cancer. We just have to do it!
    Happy New Year!

  11. Looks like a great Christmas. We just say no. We don't have a large family and I suppose that makes it easier to say no to all the commercial hoopla. Congratulations on your book! I'm going to have to check it out. I didn't know Marie was your daughter!

  12. Beautiful ring. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Such a pretty tree too.
    I have felt and not just me ,as I have heard it from people in shops and stores- that they didn't feel right about this Christmas season or it didn't feel the same as past Christmas's.
    I think I will watch less t.v. this year - nothing on that is joyful or positive much anymore.

    I wish mom would've passed things around she wanted people to have instead of the way we are having to do it. I want to be able to do the same as you have and enjoy watching family enjoy things I did.
    Enjoyed your post and a most Joyous and Happy New Year to you,

  13. Looks like a wonderful Christmas. Love that ring.

    Happy New Year to you and yours... I hope that 2015 will bring you (and us) lots of joy, happiness and GOOD HEALTH....



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