A very tired Santa Claus enjoying some cookies, post Christmas Day.
If you came to my blog looking for photos of our Christmas celebration, I'm sorry to tell you that story will have to come later. I came down with the flu over Christmas week and was ill with chills, fever, body aches and congestion. Did I mention body ache? Yes, major body aches! My best description of those body aches is one I heard used on the local news reporting that many other people are coming down with the flu. They said that they feel as if they have been hit by a bus! I have not felt as sick in a long time!
I get a flu vaccine every year. In fact, I have been getting a flu vaccine every year for the last 20 years. Up until this year it has always protected me, but this year I heard that the vaccine is not as effective as usual. However, my doctor told me that because I did get the vaccine my flu symptoms were going to be less severe than others who did not, and I have to admit I began to feel better much sooner than I expected.
So, although Santa Claus left many wonderful presents under our tree, for our children and grandchildren, we have to wait until the weekend to have everyone over to open them. We will have our delayed Christmas Eve Italian "Feast of the Seven Fishes" tradition then, and enjoy all the festivities we missed a little later than planned.
Instead of spending time with my family I spent Christmas Day watching the snow fall. The snow fell softly all through the night and my neighborhood looked as pretty as a Christmas card when we awoke in the morning. Being sick is never fun, and being sick on Christmas was a totally sad occurrence for me, but I do believe that one can keep the spirit of Christmas alive in one's heart all through the year and a late celebration will be just as good as one on the holiday itself.
I hope your Christmas celebration was a good one, dear reader, and that you stay well and avoid this terrible flu!
Happy New Year!
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