Saturday, December 13, 2014



It’s the season to deck the halls and prepare the house for Christmas.  I love this time of the year.  My garden is sleeping under its blanket of snow while and the front yard is covered with the lots of lights and decorations.

There’s something special about Christmas and snuggling together on the couch with a roaring fire in the hearth and lights twinkling all over the tree.

My cats love the Christmas season too.   Their favorite game is to swat the Christmas decorations off the tree and hide them.  Any ornament within reach is fair game and so are the presents.  I don’t mind so much. They generally hide everything under the sofa.  Although I would be upset if Santa tried to adorn me with some decorations bought at Tiffany’s and the cats tried to hide them.

Living in a heavily forested area also adds other fun things to the season like skiing in my car on icy roads while dashing through the snow.  There are also the added surprises when the neighbors decide to stop by for some holiday cheer.



But my favorite part of the Christmas season is having my family gather together for the holidays.  .

What’s your favorite part of Christmas?

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