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Maybe Next Year

December 30, 2017

Now that Christmas is over and the presents received have been put away, the wrapping paper and gift bags have been stashed in the storage cupboard, and the decorations are starting to come down (slowly but surely), I can sit back and reflect on how I almost met the ‘country Christmas’ resolutions I made back in early November:

  • I almost didn’t set up and decorate a real tree on the front deck (that only I can see)
  • I almost didn’t avoid buying a few gifts for myself that I knew my wonderful husband wouldn’t think to get me
  • I almost didn’t put out so many Christmas ‘knick-knacks’ that the cats could barely find a place to sit on the window sills
  • I almost didn’t buy more presents for my family than I should have
  • I almost didn’t rush out on Christmas Eve to buy last minute groceries for Christmas dinner
  • I almost didn’t spend too much time making an overly ambitious Boxing Day brunch dish (which turned out great, but still …)
  • I almost didn’t allow myself to feel just a little gloomy when it was over too soon
  • I almost didn’t write this post to reflect on all the promises I made but didn’t quite adhere to

Maybe next year I’ll do better. After all, I’ll have another year of living under my (jingly Christmas) belt here on … the other side of 55.



Too many gifts?!?!?



  1. January 1, 2018 9:10 am

    I understand! I almost didn’t enjoy my family here for Christmas because I was so tired from trying to make the “perfect” holiday for everyone. 😉 And it’s natural to feel a tad gloomy after all the celebration is over. Happens to me every year. But we have a brand new year ahead of us to enjoy. Happy New Year!!

  2. December 31, 2017 5:55 am

    I almost didn’t read this, but am glad I did. Best holiday wishes to you and yours!

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