Sunday, December 26, 2021

Quiet Christmas

As anticipated, Don and I had a very quiet Christmas. The weather permitted us to slip away Friday night to attend the Christmas Eve service in town, where the church was charmingly decorated.

Christmas Day was quiet since, as I mentioned before, I worked all day. In the evening, Don put his computer monitor on top the woodstove and connected it to an old laptop. From this complicated setup, we were able to watch "A Christmas Carol" with George C. Scott (our annual tradition). We don't have a television, so this temporary arrangement was the only way we could both watch the movie at the same time.

We all agree that George C. Scott is a phenomenal actor.

We had ourselves a mug of Irish creme, pretty much the extent of our festivities.

It's a good thing we made it to the Christmas Eve service. We had plans to attend the Sunday service, but about the time we were getting ready, it started snowing as heavily as I've ever seen. We got about three inches in 20 minutes, and as I post this it's still coming down quite hard, though the earlier intensity has passed.

The weather report said an "intense snow shower" was passing over. They weren't kidding. In the interests of safety, we decided to stay home. The road to church is steep and windy, so we hoped God would understand.

So that was our quiet Christmas. How was yours?


  1. Ours was quiet as well Patrice (although no snow - we were almost up to 80 F!). Just our immediate family and our pets. Everyone got very nice gifts and we had our now traditional charcuterie board for afternoon snack and salmon and twice backed potatoes for dinner. Our tradition is to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol with Michael Caine, which I will argue is my favorite.

    And yes, I am pretty sure God understands such things.

  2. Just curious--living where you do I was wondering what kind of work you were doing on Christmas.

    1. I have a part-time (three days a week) online job, but I'm afraid details are confidential.

      - Patrice

    2. Understand. Thanks for replying.

  3. A very low-key Christmas here (Cochise Co., AZ)as well. All Arizona branches of family getting over "the virus" or very recently exposed to it.
    Years ago wife and I and our small children were visiting my wife's parents in the Pocono mountains for The holiday. As we left the house for church on Christmas day a few flakes were beginning to fall. As we were climbing the pass at Wind Gap the snow was inches deep. Without snow tires, we realized we weren't getting to services that day and turned around. By the time we reached the house snow was 5 or 6 inches deep and falling fast. That is the way it can be in the mountains.
    I wish you a very enjoyable day when you do celebrate with older daughter.

  4. Love that you are safe, loved, prepared and inspirational as ever, as we take on the New Year.Thank you Patrice and Don for everything that makes us all respect and cherish our simple lifestyle. God bless you both and your daughters.