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A selfie Christmas

This entry was posted on Friday, December 25th, 2015 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: widowhood, phd, olden days, nature, happy, geocaching, food, faith, entertainment, drink, celebrations, candy

Hello and merry Christmas to you all! As I mentioned the other day, I am spending my Christmas (mostly) alone—but I am doing so with new and old traditions to keep me company!

The day began with a bit of company as I exchanged Christmas presents with my landlord and housemate. (I got jelly beans. Yay! But I didn’t get a wee Westie. Boo!) We then went on a short walk to a geocache before he left for his job as a taxi driver—leaving me to get on with my Christmas lounging.

And that brings me to my (mostly new*) Christmas traditions: New pyjamas, lots of food and prosecco, and some great Christmas movies and television specials—enjoyed in front of a roaring fire**. There has been a little bit of PhDing this year, too, as I have a lot of work to do if I want to be Doctor Ryan one day.

So whilst my Christmas has been a mostly selfie one (in my new #elfie jammies), it’s been a good one.

I’ll be out tomorrow to enjoy some Boxing Day sales and a wee party at a friend’s house. And in fact, I have plans for the following few days, too! Then it will be back to my #elfie jammies and the fireplace for New Year’s Eve.

I hope that everyone has had a lovely Christmas and that the joy of Christ’s birth lives within your heart and soul all year long!

* My favourite Christmas traditions were those I shared with my late husband. I’ve kept some of those going, but the idea of preparing the big feast without my true love just isn’t something I’m strong enough to face yet. (Maybe not ever.)

** Special thanks to my landlord who stocked up the firewood (which he chopped) and set the fire so that I only needed to light a match.

Comments

Merry Christmas, Frances!!! I am spending my day mostly alone as well, which has been my ‘tradition’ for 14 years. The boys and I do Christmas Eve. Christmas morning, we open gifts then they spend the next couple days with their dad. I have gotten used to it and I rather enjoy my solitude. I was invited to some gatherings, a movie, etc, but happily declined all. The boys got me a new capo so I am putting it to use playing the guitar and I may learn a new song. I am a wee bit envious of your roaring fire, but at least we have a dry day here in the Pacific Northwet! (sic)
bug and Schrodie got a new catnip toy. they need to play a lot-esp Schrodie, as she has turned into a Buddah Belly. We love them to pieces. And you, my dear, lots of love being sent your way too. I hope the new year brings pleasant surprises your way.
Love, Ant Elizabeth

by Ant Elizabeth at 8:37pm (GMT) on December 25th, 2015

A (late) merry Christmas to you, too! I’m battling a cold at the moment, but am hoping that it doesn’t ruin a fantastic start to the New Year!

I hope you’re well and I look forward to seeing you in 2016!
Love,
Frances
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by Just Frances at 2:40pm (GMT) on December 31st, 2015

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