Sunday, December 13, 2020

Merry Christmas 2020


Christmas Day 2020 is fast approaching.  Many of the usual festivities around this time of the year such as school and church pageants, community parties, get together with friends, trips into the city to see a show or ballet or concert, etc, etc, were not able to be enjoyed because of the pandemic this year, but...


...I did decorate my house and enjoy many of the ornaments I've hung on my tree for many years.  Many of which my children made and some of which my grandchildren have made. All bring back happy memories and have filled my house with the usual Christmas coziness.



I won't be making all this seafood as I usually prepare for Christmas Eve...


...when my entire family, and my son's in-laws, and on some years a friend or two would gather. with us for dinner...

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...and afterward dessert and the joyful opening of gifts.

Because of the continuing danger of Sars-Cov-2, my children and grandchildren will remain at their homes this year and it will only be my husband and I celebrating together, but I do plan to drop off some special foods and treats at their houses beforehand.



But one thing that won't change this year is the happiness of welcoming into our hearts the true meaning of Christmas...the birth of our Lord, Jesus! 

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. 
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, 
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. "
John 1:14


"May you have the gladness of Christmas, 

Which is Hope;

The spirit of Christmas 

Which is Peace;

The Heart of Christmas 

Which is Love."

-- Ada V Hendricks



I'll be taking a short break until the New Year



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30 comments:

Powell River Books said...

So beautiful and so many yummy things. Christmas always makes me miss my Mom and Dad. They make Christmas such a special season with a beautifully decorated home and wonderful baked items to enjoy. - Margy

Ruth Hiebert said...

It is so wonderful to know that nothing can take away the true meaning of Christmas. we may not have our family gatherings, but the birth of our Saviour still remains. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

diane b said...

All credit to you for making such an effort for Christmas just for the two of you. I'm sure your family will love receiving some Christmas goodies from you too. Your decorations and fare look delightful. Merry Christmas to you both and all the best for 2021.

Angie said...

Pat - the message in our virtual Mass today was to Rejoice! We may experience dark times, but we have our faith in Jesus, a light which overcomes all darkness. I am so grateful for that - it is lasting comfort. We will get through this and life will be normal again.

Thanks for your faithful participation in Mosaic Monday, and enjoy your break! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Pat,

Lovely images! Enjoy your break! Merry Christmas to you and your family. I wish you all the best in 2021, Happy New Year!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Have a lovely Christmas! Those snow pictures are beautiful.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That's a great idea to make some of your family favs and then drop some off to share! I love it! It's a good year to make some new memories. holiday hugs, Diane

Lisa said...

You will certainly miss the family and friends gathering, but just think of all that work you will be spared! Beautiful decorations.

ellen b. said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours. How nice for your kids and grands to get deliveries from you this year!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I enjoyed your Christmas memories as well as knowing that the two of you are still making this a joyous season, even in such a different year. I appreciate so much knowing that you are being careful ... sometimes I feel very alone in taking care.

NCSue said...

Best wishes for a joyful Christmas season and a happy, healthy 2020!
Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/12/kitty-at-zoo.html

Jeannelle said...

Christmas looks very beautiful at your House! May you have plenty of joy and peace in the coming days! (I'm pretending to reach in and grab some of your lovely treats right now!)

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Pat! Though different, the reason is the same. Take care and enjoy your special memories of Christmas past and present.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

A beautiful post Pat. It is indeed a strange Christmas this year, but the meaning never changes no matter whether you're alone or with a crowd.

Rain said...

Enjoy your break Pat and Happy Holidays!!! The food photos are amazing, I love all of those cookies! :) And yes, your house definitely looks cozy! :)

EricaSta said...

A wonderful Christmas Post, thank you for sharing.
Stay healthy and well.

Happy MosaicMonday

Joanne said...

Oh my goodness; what a feast of food! I haven't done much of anything in the way of holiday baking this year since we won't be celebrating with nearly as many family members as usual (just those we see all the time now).

Dixie @ Arranged Words said...

Such a beautiful array of all good things. Wow!
Wishing you and your a very Merry Christmas.
Best Wishes for 2021!

Jeanie said...

I'm working on a post now on reimagining Christmas, which I think so many of us are doing. I know you and your husband will have a beautiful holiday, even if it is different and I love you are dropping off some food to friends. I'll be doing that with treat plates. That Santa-ing makes us feel a little more normal.

That said, can I come to your house for dinner next Christmas? It looks FABULOUS!

handmade by amalia said...

I'm sorry that you won't be able to celebrate with the entire family this year. They will miss you. And the food. It looks amazing.
Amalia
xo

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

There's so much Christmas color here, it warms my heart!

A Bit of the Blarney said...

This is a wonderful post. We'll be spending Christmas home alone too but thanks be to God we are all well! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

betty-NZ said...

Wow! All that food is the epitome of a great Christmas! I hope that this is the only Christmas holiday that will be turned on its head.

I appreciate your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week! Thanks for joining us!

Rambling Woods said...

I know things are so different this year. But we all need to stay safe and healthy for next Christmas...Merry Christmas to you and yours...

Tanza Erlambang said...

beautiful images...lovely cookies.
Merry Christmas

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John's Island said...

Hi Pat, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. John

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely post and photographs.
Seasons Greetings and good wishes for a happy and healthy 2021.

All the best Jan

Decor To Adore said...

Such beautiful images! I wanted to wish you a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

Jenna H. said...

WOW those cookies and desserts all look amazing! And your gingerbread house - amazing!! Hope you have a great 2021!
Jenna ♥
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