Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Since Wisconsin winters are sometimes brutal, around Christmastime I always think I’d like to be somewhere warm. I think I’d like to be basking in the sun while my state-mates are scraping their windows and slipping on the ice. I’d like to be Christmas shopping in my shorts and worrying about another layer of sunscreen and not another layer of clothing – or sipping an umbrella drink instead of hot chocolate and Schnapps. OK, I may have gone too far dissing the Schnapps.

But as it turns out, I love being home for Christmas. There’s nothing like a crackling fire or the way the Christmas lights look with snow on the pines. There’s nothing like the smiles of family and friends and the presents under the tree. The home-cooked meals with too many carbs and too many desserts. The kid-decorated Christmas cookies that are eaten without judgement and the Christmas hugs.

After the shopping and decorating frenzy, the cleaning whirlwind, the frantic late Christmas cards again (sorry!) – when the time finally comes to reflect on the reason for the season, it’s great to celebrate at our own church and sing familiar hymns of a mother and her baby, wise men and stars and silent nights, little drummers and joy to the world!!

Take time to be thankful, peaceful and joyful this holiday season. And give as many hugs as you can to as many people as you can. ‘Tis the Season!

Happy trails,
Barb

Barbara Olson

Barbara Olson

7 Comments

  • Laurie

    I wish there was a luke button too. AS ALWAYS you summed it up in a much more eloquent way than I could. That is why your blog is so wonderful to read…Love to you and your family and Merry Christmas!

    December 24, 2014 at 11:39 am
    • Laurie

      Ok. Luke was supposed to be like on my post. See what I mean about your eloquence. …and my lack of it? Ha!

      December 24, 2014 at 11:41 am
    • Barbara Olson
      Barbara

      Eloquence has never been a word to describe me, Laurie. Have you been dipping into the eggnog already?

      December 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm
  • Pat Boley

    i agree. No place like home for the holidays. However, we used to go to CMV day after Christmas and stay thru New Year’s Day. That was always fun.

    December 24, 2014 at 6:02 am
    • Tammy McKeever

      While I’m not really a cold weather person I have to agree with you on this one. We’ve got tons of pine trees in the yard and there’s nothing like snow on pine trees. So beautiful. I’m just glad I don’t have to get out in it to go to work!

      December 24, 2014 at 8:02 am
      • Barbara Olson
        Barbara

        I wish there was a “Like” button on here!

        December 24, 2014 at 8:11 am
    • Barbara Olson
      Barbara

      Now that’s a great idea Pat, except maybe Hawaii instead? If only the budget would allow it!

      December 24, 2014 at 8:14 am

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