Christmas was really a non-event this year. I am not any religion and we as a family do not put any religious significance on the holiday. For us it’s one of the few days where the whole family, all 8 to 10 of us, are in one room eating and laughing. Sometimes games, sometimes presents, sometimes not. Our family has not been together since last Christmas. That is a very long time.

Frank really loves the wrapper on these candies. He just likes to pick them up and put them down. I find them random places.

Everyone stayed at their own homes on Christmas. I videoed with my daughter for what may be the first time ever. I got lucky because she wanted to test out a new microphone.

****While I was typing my back started spasming just as my husband walked into the room which led to a 30 second conversation during which out of some hidden part of my brain a light bulb went off and I said, I think it’s these chairs! He said, yes those chairs are uncomfortable on the back. They have an odd angle to the seat. I just went and grabbed a cushion off of a kitchen chair and am feeling stupid that I never bought cushions for these chairs! We spend a lot of time on these chairs. Eating, computering, tableting.

The other day I was thinking about Social Media and the strangeness of people. If I post on Facebook that I do not believe in God I will have people “unfriend ” me. I’ve done it, and I see the people who run away. What’s interesting to me is that it is always people who proclaim a strong religious lifestyle. Wouldn’t I be the person you want to be around to help me be saved? I have never said anything that would show any disdain for people with strong religious belief, I know I haven’t, because I don’t feel that way. Sometimes I am jealous of these people. How serene it must make you to know that you can expect life to go on after you die and that prayer may bring you results. My actual real belief is that you do you, I’ll do me. I won’t try to unconvert you.

I spent many many hours yesterday crocheting blocks together to form an afghan, about halfway done, realized that I may have made a very large mistake which will alter the shape. Too many octagons in one row. I will pull it out later and lay it out on the futon and see if I can reshape it into something nice or if I have to take a bunch apart. Why did I choose a pattern that wasn’t squares as my first one??


  • Nina

    December 26, 2020 at 4:25 pm Reply

    god is in us as us and all around us. We are one with nature…the trees, the birds, the snakes the breeze, the moon, the stars, the planets and each other. All one.. the Grand Orderly Design. I’m always relieved when they do unfriend me……saves me energy!

  • Susan Joos

    December 26, 2020 at 5:13 pm Reply

    We haven’t gathered together with my husband’s family since last Christmas either. That was so strange to think about. We had a Zoom gathering on Christmas Eve, our traditional gathering time, and everyone enjoyed it so much they have suggested doing it for New Year’s Eve.

    As far as religion goes, I have always felt that it is a deeply personal matter. I do believe, and pray several times a day, but that’s just me. I am not a regular church-goer, though.

    I think it is the thinking people that can have the most difficult relationship with religion. In the end, it comes down to faith, I think. And, since it seems that existence is subjective, I could almost wonder if we make it so…

    Ah, too deep for me; your posts always make want to say a lot but then I find my mind going down too many trails to write it all down!

    People of deep faith have been a wonder and an inspiration to me. My Mom was such a person, even though at times her relationship to a church and the people was troubled, to say the least. I will say that her prayers seemed to help other people. I have had some experiences…

    You can get into such a morass when you tackle religion. People want answers that can be defined by our current existence. I think religion/faith goes beyond that. There is no one “right” religion. God is more than that.

    And that is probably as much as I have said about it my entire life!

    I like those Christmas Taffies you posted the picture of; when I was in grade school, Santa Claus would come to all the classrooms and give everyone a bag of candy, and we always got a couple of those.

    Here’s hoping that next year we can enjoy some “in-person” gatherings!

  • Mar Beth

    December 26, 2020 at 7:21 pm Reply

    I was looking forward to something really controversial. But it is just the god thing. I am always surprised that there are people here who don’t know that about you.

    In a way I wish I still had that deep faith that I used to have but I don’t. Life would be so much easier. I do pray because whether or not there is a god, I believe that putting those good thoughts out into the universe has to be good for something. But I don’t see a god sitting up somewhere listening to all of us lowly humans and saying well Joe Shmoe really wants that because he is praying about it a lot I will give it to him.

    Erik and Sydney called and my family texted but that was about all.

    For me, even though I have and put out manger scenes, Christmas is a non religious time to be with family.

    I have not seen my brothers and sisters in law and nieces and nephews since October 2019. I didn’t go to last year’s celebration because I knew my brother was really sick and I didn’t want to get sick.

  • mb

    December 26, 2020 at 7:22 pm Reply

    Look I’m Mar Beth! ha ha ha ha!

    • tlm0000

      December 27, 2020 at 3:29 am Reply

      Exactly as I feel. 🙂

      • tlm0000

        December 27, 2020 at 3:39 am Reply

        Hahaha, I put my comment on the incorrect comment of yours. 🙂

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