Photo 365 #137

It’s been gray and foggy and rainy here for a good week now, maybe even a little longer. I love the atmosphere fog brings with it – I find it very inspiring – but at this time of year, I also find it rather depressing. Winter is such a dreary time of year anyway, and the fog doesn’t help.

Hence today’s picture, a reminder of sunnier times:

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I miss the sun.

We had so much snow for Thanksgiving that it felt like Christmas had arrived a month ahead of schedule. But it’s been so warm (relatively speaking) lately that what snow we had has all melted, and now it feels more like November than November ever did.

All of this makes it hard for me to believe that in just three short days, it’ll be Christmas. And seriously, they’ll be short days – tonight we celebrated Miss Tadpole’s birthday, and my in-laws were able to make it for the first time in a very long time, which made the evening extra special. Tomorrow night we’re having Christmas with my family, and I still have gifts to wrap for them, so I’m really glad I’ll have a little time to do that in the morning.
We’re celebrating with our kids on Christmas Eve, then doing stockings on Christmas morning, then another family Christmas on Sunday…

It’s a good thing I’m not back to work yet, because just thinking about all of that is making me tired. Er, more tired. I love the holidays, but I’m feeling so run-down this year that it’s hard to feel my usual Christmas spirit. Hopefully I’ll be back to my usual carol-singing self this time next year.

How has this Christmas differed from prior years for you? Is the change for better or for worse?

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6 thoughts on “Photo 365 #137

  1. Sandi says:

    The last few years, my daughter has been in her studio’s Nutcracker: as a consequence, Christmas planning gets delayed until it’s over. Still, she is a high school junior, so her performances are increasingly precious. My parents will be with us this Christmas, which is great — but means that I can’t be so last-minute with everything.

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      My in-laws usually come up for Christmas, but this year they both have to work, so we’re getting together with them this weekend. Tonight’s Christmas with the kids is going to feel a bit off as a result, but we’ve got some special things planned to help make up for it.

      Enjoy your family time! I love the Nutcracker and would love to see a really good performance in person someday. 🙂

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      Thank you! Right now, I’d take a foot of snow – the dusting we got last night is gone already. But I only want the snow to hang around long enough for Christmas – it can all vamoose on Friday! 😀

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      • Leona says:

        We had quite a snowstorm, looks like it’s 3 feet of snow outside right now, and well below freezing. It looks like a lovely white Christmas so long you stay indoors 🙂

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        • Kay Kauffman says:

          Yeesh! I really don’t like the cold or the snow except around Christmas. We had our well-below-freezing weather last month, and right now, the cold’s not so bad. I just wish the ground was a little whiter. 🙂

          I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

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