Merry Fake Christmas

Father Christmas

I wasn’t going to (live) post today.  I had something scheduled to go out without me, but the house is quiet and feeling a little…  I was going to write “empty” but that’s not true.  M and I and the cats are here.  The house isn’t empty at all.  It’s just not as full as it was with our sons, daughters-in-law, granddaughters, and their assortment of dogs filling up the place.  The echoes are still here, not yet faded into memory.

Yesterday morning as we were waiting for everyone to arrive, snowflakes began to drift and fall from the sky.  It kept a gentle, steady pace for several hours, giving us a nice dusting for our early Christmas celebration.

Several hours after the first shot of the snow.

I ordered the snow, and Mother Nature was kind enough to provide it.  If you’re going to have an almost-Christmas celebration, you should have an almost White-Christmas celebration, don’t you think?

It has been a warm and wonderful weekend, filled with little girl giggles, adult laughter, talk, play, food, opening presents under the Christmas tree, and the best gift of all:  family.  There was an Elf on the Shelf watching over us, too.  He is traveling with the girls, taking note on whether they’re being naughty or nice.  (Honestly, he’s a little creepy…lol!)

It was too short, as always, but I am grateful for the time we had together and so glad our oldest son, his lovely wife, and the girls could make it up for a visit.  We’ll do a smaller version of it next Sunday when M the Younger and his wife join us again.

M the Younger’s wife came up with the “Merry Fake Christmas” which we all adopted.  It wasn’t fake at all, just one of those things that catches on and takes on an opposite meaning because of the tone, feeling, and hugs behind it.

After everyone left this afternoon, I went out for a walk.  The snow is starting to melt already.  The ground is soggy and treacherous.  Every footstep comes with a little slide in the mud.  If you’re not careful, you’ll keep sliding and might end up splashing down onto the mush that used to be firm ground.

It will continue to warm up, with rain in the forecast for tomorrow.  The paths through the woods are still covered with water from the last two day bout of rain.  Someone mentioned we’ve had 6 feet of rainfall this year.  Pretty amazing.  There is no water shortage here.

The weekend was lovely.  The walk was refreshing.  I am content.

Seasonal decorations

Contentment has the ability to squeeze out of every situation all the good there is to get.

~ Shantidasa

The sun has come out for the evening sunset display, the cats are chattering at the windows as they watch the birds at the feeder, and the scent of the stew we’re having for dinner is permeating the air.  After I finish this post, I’m going to join M by the fireplace and enjoy the peace, quiet, and contentment of a late Sunday afternoon.  I’ll probably read if I don’t end up mesmerized by the fire.  M will watch football.

Life is good.

Thanks for visiting me here in the Bogs.  Happy Fake Christmas.  🙂

36 Comments on “Merry Fake Christmas”

  1. Between your descriptions and the photos I feel like I’ve had a lovely afternoon (and am ready to plop down in front of the fire). And you do have a way with the snow fairy!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, PhilosopherMouse.

      The snow fairy and I became good friends last winter. Then she introduced me to the Green Man and some of the springtime fairies. It’s been an interesting year. 🙂

  2. Nicola says:

    What a lovely post. I’m glad I came here and read this. 🙂 I’m even more glad that you had such a lovely family time together. :)))

  3. Bo Mackison says:

    Sounds like you celebrated the season in the very best way – little giggling girls, family all around. Merry Fake Christmas, Robin, and may the coming year be the merriest!

  4. Dana says:

    Aw, Merry Fake Christmas! It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, Robin. I’m glad that a little bit of snow made an appearance, too. White Christmases are always better. 😉

  5. Love your title, Robin, and the notion of Fake Christmas–too funny–too perfect. I don’t think we’re going to get snow here for the holiday, but I’m glad you got some real snow for your fake holiday. Think you could order some for us?

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy M. 🙂

      I’ll order some snow for you, but you should know that the last time I ordered snow for someone it arrived a little late and stayed for a while. She was glad to get rid of it. 😉

  6. kerryl29 says:

    Very nice sentiments.

    Some nice images too, not incidentally. My favorites are the closeups of snow on the conifers and the icicles.

  7. What a special few days you’ve had….and then a fire in the fireplace and good book and… that mushroom sorbet? 🙄 (love that snow in the mushroom!)

  8. cfbookchick says:

    What a lovely post and photos. You have given all a bit of peace in this December madness and I thank you for it.

  9. TBM says:

    Mother Nature was good to you and all of us benefited. Thanks for the photos.

  10. dragonfae says:

    So glad you had a peaceful and happy Sunday and Fake Christmas! I hope it continues all the year to come … a year of being content would be a good thing I think. Merry Fake Christmas Robin! *smooches*

  11. David Hall says:

    Wonderfully warming post. Merry Christmas.

  12. Icicle photos – fabulous! Enjoy your round of Christmases.

  13. carlaat says:

    Love the images of the dusting of snow, and the icicles too. And best of all, your contentedness. Ahh. Enjoy the rest of the week!

  14. Karma says:

    I know that feeling – the day after a get-together. I know you hestitate to use the word empty, but that does describe it for me. I love having my long-time friends around me, laughing, enjoying their company; the next day comes and usually hubby is at work and I am left with my thoughts (though my daughters are here, teens are often in their own little worlds).

    • Robin says:

      I kind of enjoy that little feeling of emptiness, Karma. Or at least the quiet part of it. There’s a warmth to it. An after-glow of happiness still lingering after everyone is gone and I have the house to myself. 🙂

  15. ladyfi says:

    What wonderful snowy pictures. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!

  16. I’m so happy that you got to spend an early Christmas with your family ♥ and how wonderful that it snowed!
    A Christmas card arrived from the Bogs today, thank you so much! That was a sweet little surprise 🙂

  17. CMSmith says:

    I’m feeling the emptiness now that our son,daughter-in-law, and grandson left this afternoon after spending four days here. Fortunately our daughter, another son, and his girlfriend are still here, but with the baby gone, it’s much quieter now.

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