Good Morning

Amaryllis Arrangement

After a couple of months of preparation, with the shops already catering for Christmas in October the day has arrived when we can relax. My refridgerator is now full, so what could possibly go wrong. As  I do not buy Christmas gifts and do not expect any, the problem is saved with wrapping paper as there is nothing to wrap. I bought myself something, but as I knew what it was I did not bother to cover it up with paper.

I sent all my 5 Christmas cards in various corners of the world. I even receved some cards. Even my gardiner and the company where I worked for 30 years thought of me at Christmas. I think there was also something there from a plumber. I do not have a Christmas tree. We once had four, but gave them to various friends and relations – who need a tree. We still have one apology for a tree in the cellar.

Christmas arrangement

And it will stay in the cellar. We have a few decorations in the apartment with candles to lend a bit of atmosphere.

There are only three of us celebrating, Mr. Swiss and I and No. 1 son. No. 1 son will disappear into town for a couple of hours this afternoon. It is a sort of unwritten custom that the youngsters call in at a certain restaurant on the afternoon of Christmas Eve for a drink and final Christmas wishes before the show begins.  The shops are still open until late afternoon for last minute shopping and then they close until after Christmas where everything Christmas you saw today will be half price. I have a colleague that always bought next years Christmas pudding after Christmas as she could then buy it half price and Christmas pudding best before dates are at least a year if not more.

Now is the time to read the book you wanted to read for some time, to complete a few jigsaw puzzles on the iPad and fill in those telephone numbers on your iPhone which you have wanted to do for some time. You might even compose a blog.

I was particularly pleased yesterday evening. I was visiting my indoor garden of amaryllis, avocado trees and orchids distributing water and I noticed that my schlumbergera (Christmas cactus) had a bud. I bought this plant last year when it was flowering. I had it outside during the summer, supplying it with water and fertiliser. In the cold days I returned it to the apartment. It had made many new green leaves and was more than twice its original size and now it had a bud, just one, but it has to begin somewhere.

I take this opportunity to wish you whatever ever you wish for at the end of the year. The brits now officially wish “happy holidays” not to offend those who might celebrate something else. I do not celebrate anything, just take it easy and relax, so happy holidays to all.

Schlumbergera

15 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Thank you for the gift of your posts all year. Each one is a gift to me. I wish you a happy season and all good things in the new year to come

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  2. Happy holidays, to you too. I just have to remember to turn on the pudd (homemade and frozen from last year) and then to add boiling water when needed. One year it boiled dry, melted the plastic basin, leaving the pudding high and dry. It tasted ok, and the plastic just popped off the saucepan (thank goodness). Some would have thrown the pudd out, but we enjoyed it and survived. Enjoy the day. B

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    • When I visited my dad in England in Ocober usually, I always bought a Christmas pud in London and brought it home to Switzerland for Christmas dessert. It was not exactly Swiss taste I discovered, so ate most of it myself. Other countries other customs.

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  3. Garry and I didn’t get presents for each other. My granddaughter got me a coffee cup that looks exactly like a big Canon lens, which is pretty cool. Overall, it went pretty well. It’s supposed to snow a lot tonight and tomorrow, so it’s just as well we have no plans.

    It could have been worse. And at least it’s finished.

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    • Not quite finished, but it is just three of us and I don’t mind. Yesterday was so quiet outside, everyone remaining at home celebrating. Our days are completely grey at the moment with cloud cover. There is no snow and it is not even so very cold. The coffee Cup sounds good, You should take a photo. And now the fridge has a little more room. Enjoy the day.

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  4. MERRY CHRISTMAS! I know you would not be offended. I find Christmas time to be a dreadful time of year, but Christmas is still what Christmas time is about. All the other holidays are excellent as well, even if I can not remember them all.

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    • I wish you all the best of the season. I always associate Christmas with stress. As a working mother it used to be so much work making sure the family all had a happy whatever. I am glad those says are now gone. Yesterday was no stress and I could relax and enjoy the evening.

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