Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Peace and happiness to all during this Holiday Season!

It is very white here, snow, snow, snow! Several feet of snow has accumulated on the ground here over the last few days, it is very beautiful. We don’t mind so much because we are not travelling, so shovelling can be done at our leisure. Attila had to shovel a pathway across the back yard to the composter, which we use all winter.

Attila and I spent a lovely Christmas Eve, enjoying our turkey dinner, watching Alistair Sim in the 1951 film A Christmas Carol. We broke open a box of chocolates, a rare indulgence for us, and overindulged in the sweet treats therein.

I was awake at 5 a.m. this morning. It was very beautiful, snow falling softly outside the window, coloured lights and muted Christmas carols where I sat warm and happy in my easy chair. It was hours before Attila arose, when we shared our gifts to one another. Every Christmas our decorations become more succinct, our gifts more functional and modest. Our real tree is a source of much pleasure, the scent of pine, the lights, even the needles that fall to the floor, we love it all.

I have been on a strict diet for about a year and a half, which has allowed me to successfully manage my blood pressure. Low sodium, low sugar, and low cholesterol is a hard combination to achieve, but all the effort has paid off. BUT this year for Christmas I purchased a box of assorted chocolates for Attila and I. We broke them open Christmas Eve, and finished them off this evening while watching It’s A Wonderful Life. It is such a decadent thing to do! I felt self-congratulatory this morning because I resisted having them for breakfast while Attila slept. They are gone now, and the indulgence will not be repeated, except perhaps next Christmas.

Who posts software updates on Christmas Day, the developer will remain unnamed, but it isn’t something I want to deal with on Christmas Day. I updated however, security updates are crucial in this day and age!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 7:19 PM EST Monday 25 December 2017
Condition: Drifting Snow
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: -5.7°C
Dew point: -14.6°C
Humidity: 50%
Wind: W 20 gust 36 km/h
Wind Chill: -12
Visibility: 24 km


Clarence the Anger: “Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends.”
It’s A Wonderful Life

Note: I am certain this includes all genders, and friends of all species!!!


  1. Sandy

    Hi Maggie. That sounds like a perfect Christmas. It’s hard to imagine several feet of snow in just a few days. We got 3 or 4 inches, just the right amount to make the trees look like they were in a snow globe πŸ™‚ But now I desperately want some chocolates πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

  2. Teri

    *whisper* It’s Clarence the *angel*…

    The Alistair Simm version of A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite versions, too.

    We went to the movies with DH’s oldest boy, today. It was a good time. For the 2nd year in a row he made perogies, since we were once again unable to do it. Next year we’ll be back to making them again. It was originally a commitment of DH’ s but I’ve come to enjoyi making them to share with family.

    You have feet of snow?! Wow, I don’t envy you. We have quite enough with about 6 inches of it blowing around.

    Glad you had a warm and enjoyable Christmas. And to all a good night.

  3. Merry Chrsitmas Sandy! That does sound like the perfect amount of snow! We still have some shovelling to do, to get to our front door, to clear beneath Attila’s car, to clear Tank, and to take the snow load off ittle Iris the trailer. Because this can be done over a period of a week, it represents an excuse to get outdoors, which morphs back into a pain in the behind when Attila goes back to work.

    Oh the chocolate! I really, really enjoyed it, but now I am regretting it, lol! I knew I would regret it, the “off” feeling is not a pleasant one, but it will taper off and disappear as time goes by.

  4. Teri, LOL, wow, I wonder if that is a Freudian slip on my part! It has been a season of deliberate avoidance of stressful thoughts, so I wonder if they popped out on me anyway, this does occurr from time to tims. And then again, it could be the darn autocorrect, which I have caught making such changes on me, after my eyes have moved on to the next word, the down side of fast typing. Or, it could just be a typing error, least likely I think.

    The perogies sound lovely! When I was in university, the first time, a Ukranian friend’s mother, who spoke little English, taught me how to make perogies, I love them!

    We have a surprising amount of snow, I didn’t realize how much there was until Attila shovelled the path across the yard to the composter, and was in it up to his knees.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Merry Christmas Birdie! I laughed at the understated “I don’t love snow.” I loved it as a child, but as an adult it represents difficult driving conditions, cold feet, and shovelling. I have been thinking about apartment and condo living lately, which are more removed from dealing with the weather than our house, lol!

    A movie and chocolate, nirvana! Almost as good as a movie and pizza, which is my favourite indulgence. I love movies, not all of them of course, but there are a lot of good ones out there to enjoy!

  6. Happy New Year M & A. I got 2 things from my hubs this year, one was a box of sinfully delicious and extravagant box of Stowaway Sweets chocolates and the other was a check for a nice sum of money. I’m thinking he is trying to leave me his money bit by bit so the government can’t take it all away if we both wind up in a nursing home some day! Anyway, I gave him slippers (nice LL Bean ones that he can wear outdoors too, and a lined shirt/jacket, and a hat I’d made, and a calendar/hard glasses case/CD all from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust in the UK, and a book (“Elmet” which he’s almost done reading!!!) and that was it. A very utilitarian holiday for both of us. But especially for me – c’mon… chocolates and money? what could be better, huh?

  7. Happy New Year Bex, and Paul, and Belle! Your Christmas sounds wonderful, and yes chocolate and money, what could be better! Such thoughtful gifts, wonderful to give and receive. Those hats you are making are wonderful, making utilitarian gifts that will be so deeply appreciated, keeping people warm in so many ways.

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