Merry Christmas, FNE community!

Merry Christmas, FNE community!

Traditions in the Smith household are important (my kids joke that I have a tradition for everything!)-and, this year they were, uh, altered. Let me show you…

We usually throw reindeer food (oatmeal and glitter) in the front yard so they can “see” our house sparkle. I forgot glitter this year, so we used sprinkles. I convinced my kids the reindeer could smell it and find our house. 💪 🙋‍♀️

We usually go to a candlelight service. This year, we joined online while my youngest sang “Joy to the World” reaaalllly expressively. He was trying to blow out the candle. 😂

Remember a few days ago when we were going to decorate our annual sugar cookies than ended up being chocolate chip? I convinced my kids Santa likes any type of cookies, and they still went on our Christmas Eve plate. 🍪

If I host Thanksgiving or Christmas, I make a big turkey. Since it was just the four of us, I decided to get precooked turkey from the fancy deli. I thought it was going to be the big thick carved slices…and, it ended up being deli sandwich slices. 🤷‍♀️ Oh well. We still put it on the fancy turkey platter, warmed it up in the oven, and had a good laugh about it. (BTW, it was sooo good if you ever need a short-cut!) You’re welcome!

Things just didn’t go as planned, and that’s ok. While singing Joy to the World last night (and trying to keep the candle from being blown out), I forgot that song had the line about preparing him room. “Let every heart, prepare him room”, and it made me remember what I wrote yesterday and why we stayed home (even when I have some serious FOMO and tears while seeing pictures of what others are doing.) Anyone else? It’s ok to cry and hope, even if it feels uncomfortable. Remember the Shepherds advent post?

So, if you’re having a hard time this year, remember we prepared room. And, at least you probably didn’t buy sandwich meat for your fancy-smancy main dish.

Happy holidays, everyone! For many of you, this Christmas is just hard for lots of reasons. I do hope there are glimpses of peace and hope these next few days for you and your families.


-I’m taking a few days off to avoid FOMOscrolling. 😀 Jk, kindof. I’m going to read my new books, nap, walk outside (because Texas weather), and watch too many movies. Grandparents, get ready for the zoom calls today. And, sorry if those make you seasick from the kids holding the phone. Y’all go read the Thanksgiving post about “Hey Grandddad, wanna see some hope!?!” for that story. 😀

And, someone named Laura sent me a Starbucks gift card. Whoever you are, thank you!! This epidemiologist LOVES coffee, especially with my Dad. So, I’m saving that card for when I finally see my dad after he gets his shot. Hashtag cue Hamilton. 😂

***Here’s the referenced posts:

Let’s make room –

To the shepherds – Reframing advent during the pandemic –

“Hey Granddad, wanna see some hope?!?” Thanksgiving – It’s ok to cry and hope

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Mimi

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write (so beautifully and personally too) !
    As another web reader said, Your a calm voice of reason and finding your page has helped save my sanity. With much gratitude!
    God bless you!!

  2. Carol Moore

    Thank you so much for all you have done for all of us. We’re seniors (84 and 73) and stayed home. Our daughter’s family brought over cinnamon rolls we intended to eat together on the porch, but it was in the 30’s, wind 14 mph., and my husband had a sore throat. Thinking pneumonia wasn’t a good trade off for avoiding Covid, we put each other’s presents on the table and ate each in our own houses. Then 4 households Zoomed to open the presents from the family gift exchange drawing. Had a wonderful, safe time. I’ve asked for the vaccine as soon as my area has taken care of health care workers and nursing home residents, so look forward to whenever they get down to the list to “regular” seniors. You have so wisely and so kindly warned us. We thank you! Have a very Blessed Christmas. Enjoy your books and your time off!

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