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Monday, December 05, 2005

December Days

It is very, very cold here this morning. 19° F. In Oklahoma. Mercy. 'Course I probably sound wimpy to those of you who live in Alaska or Canada or the Northern USA. Fine. I'm a wimp.

I got so dang tired of hot weather. I hate being sticky and sweaty and melty. But I also hate being blue and shivering. I feel like a smurf.

I have survived a November of colds, flu, and allergies. I also survived Thanksgiving and my birthday. Now I am looking forward to a relatively peaceful December. I'm not doing a lot for Christmas, but I will be trying to concentrate on what it's all about - the birth of Jesus Christ. I will visit my brother and his family and get them presents, but not a lot else.

Maybe it is just because November made me weary, but I don't have any great desire to run around doing lots of Christmas stuff.

I wish all of you a very happy Christmas Season and hope you enjoy it all.



Blogger Titus Todd said...

I'm the sort that likes his seasons, as long as they don't last too long. I can only take so much heat or so much cold. Sometimes I don't get enough winter here in the Texas Panhandle (which, climate-wise, is probably very much like where you are) and I really like to have my cold with snow or what worth is the cold?

I hope you are bundling up for the cold this week. I know, at least here, it is going to get down into the teens for a high this Wednesday. I just hope there's some snow with it.

We try to make Christ first in Christmas (as it is in the name). I appreciated some of the comments over at Nauvoo about some ways to celebrate Christmas that included ways to better center it around Jesus.

I enjoy singing the Christmas carols, especially the ones about the baby Jesus. I enjoy the food (the making and the eating). Even, for the most part, I can enjoy a better demeanor from society in general even with the commercialism.

Tonight and tomorrow we do a little for St. Nicholas day as part of my Belgian heritage. I do like the thought of gifts on December 6 and a December 25 devoted to Jesus as they do in Belgium (at least, the more traditional folk).

I hope your focus on Jesus is a success and that it gives you joy this Christmas! Enjoy some Christmas music and some hot cocoa on these cold winter days coming (may they be few for you).

12:32 PM  
Blogger Guy Murray said...


If you're a wimp . . .I'm (well guess I'm not sure). It got down to a frigid 31 here on California's Central Coast early this morning. You know it's cold here when the roof tops have frost on them . . and yes, I realize that's not really the kind of cold you're talking about . . .but it's about the best we can do I suppose.

It sounds like your December is exactly the kind I like. Thanks for your reminder to focus on Christ and his birth. Have a Merry Christmas yourself!

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Pop said...

It snowed here last night in Maryland. I much prefer the snow to the 38* and rain that we seem to get so often.

Too much commercial here at our house to suit me, but that can be one of the prices that you pay in a part-member household. Seems like the only objectives for some people are spend and get.

I have my own little personal celebration of the real reason for the season, even if the date is wrong. Hope all of you are uplifted by Heavenly Father's gift of His only Begotten to us and and of Christ ultimate gift of Himself for us.


8:12 AM  
Anonymous Mark Zander said...

It got down to 2 degrees last night here in Indiana. Very cold. It is 18 right now. I prefer the warm. We used to live in Southern California. I am perfectly content without seasons.

It took my wife and I a couple days to find Christmas cards that actually said Christmas in them this year. We finally found a card that had several of the traditional Christmas symbols on the outside, like the tree, holly, etc. and told what each item represented. All to do with the gift of the Savior. Inside it said something about remembering the true meaning of Christmas. And then we wrote our own message about our Heavenly Father and His gift to us of His son.

Hope you all have a very good Christmas.


9:51 AM  
Blogger chronicler said...

Not a wimp at all Mary. The first cold of the season is always the hardest. I can talk though I guess, It was 67 driving to work today and I had my heated seats on! It is so cold everywhere I can't imagine being anywhere but here.

Enjoy your holdiays too! A good bit of hot chocolate should be consumed!

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Barb said...

It has been warming up here and I hope the same is true for you! Wishing you much peace and joy this Christmas season!

3:43 PM  
Blogger Lisa M. said...

Dear frend,

Your post made me smile, one of those, all the way to your eye smiles. No one in that climate is wimpy.

It has been cold here in Utah too, a woppin 17, currently. Personally, I think that after about thirty two degrees.. its all just COLD.

This holiday season has had a different flavour for me, as well. I have spent large amounts of time, trying to get my focus on just what Christmas is all about.

Besides my "Story a Day Til Christmas" books, I really haven't done all the usual hussle and bustle, and you know what? I have so enjoyed my family. So enjoyed time, and laughter.

It has been wonderful.

I too, wish you the VERY Merriest of Christmas's and all the best for the forth coming year.

Much love,


9:53 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments. I love to hear from my fellow bloggers and readers. Which reminds me--I need to comment on others' blogs more!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Mary A.

6:09 PM  

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