Dec 23, 2015

Happy Holidays


My tiny it’s-not-quite-home tree.

Winter is hitting me hard this year, even the alarmingly balmy version we’re getting around these parts, and the holiday season has been strange and a little hard so far. I’m spending Christmas away from home for only the second time in my life — M couldn’t get any time off work other than the bank holidays, and as I didn’t want us to spend Christmas apart I’m staying in the UK until Sunday, when I head home for a belated Christmas and New Year’s celebration with my family. It’s not my ideal holiday arrangement, but it’s what’s possible, and I’m trying my best to make the most of it. 2015 has been a good year overall, so I really want to shake off this melancholy and end it on a positive note. Tomorrow there will be seasonal cooking, and I have my tiny tree with books underneath, and DVDs, and the company of a person I love, and other valuable human ties, and the knowledge that the world is full of possibilities even if it doesn’t feel like it at midwinter.

Happy Holidays to whose of you who celebrate them, and have a lovely long weekend anyway if you don’t. Thank you so much for reading, and please know that I wish you well.

18 comments:

  1. Your tree is beautiful and couldn't have a better backdrop! I hope you and M have a wonderful Christmas and I hope your later celebration with your family is equally as wonderful.

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  2. Awww happy holidays to you too! This is the 2nd year in a row that I've been able to fly home for Christmas, but the 3 years before that I had to work. And this year my husband has to work so we're spending the holidays apart. There are never perfect solutions to holiday traveling dilemmas so it's nice to hear you having a positive attitude about less than ideal circumstances! Have a nice, relaxing holiday!

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  3. Awww happy holidays to you too! This is the 2nd year in a row that I've been able to fly home for Christmas, but the 3 years before that I had to work. And this year my husband has to work so we're spending the holidays apart. There are never perfect solutions to holiday traveling dilemmas so it's nice to hear you having a positive attitude about less than ideal circumstances! Have a nice, relaxing holiday!

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  4. Merry Christmas, Ana! Wishing you a happy, healthy 2016.

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  5. Best wishes to you for the holidays as well, and thank you for all the thoughtful and thought-provoking posts all year. Here's to a great 2016!

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  6. Your tree looks very well loved and hugged with all those cute decorations XD Sending you wishes for a happy holiday season!

    --Sharry
    xalwaysdreamx.wordpress.com

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  7. My holiday season has been a bit on the strange and hard side, as well. Hope your belated Christmas celebration is as good (or better!) than an on-time Christmas!

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  8. Your tree is lovely. I have a thing for minimalist trees. I have learned in my somewhat long life that there are all kinds of Christmases, though granted some are happier than others. Thanks for all the good blogging and Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.

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  9. I love your tree - it looks so perfect against the bookish backdrop. I hope you have a merry and restful Christmas with M, and then a happy new year with your family. Looking forward to a wonderful bookish 2016.

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  10. Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the New Year, Ana!

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  11. Merry Christmas Ana! This year it has felt unsettling to me as well, not a real winter season. We had to turn on AC and open windows while cooking christmas dinner! I have not done a tree for a few years now, my new family does not celebrate the holiday in quite the same way. Combined with the oddly warm weather it just does not feel the same. Still lots of good company and good food. I heard bird voices outside right now that usually are silent until march or april!

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  12. Merry Christmas Ana! I understand how sad it can be to spend Christmas far from your family, so here go as many virtual hugs as you need. Hope M and you spent a warm and happy Christmas together, and that both of you have a wonderful New Year's celebration.

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  13. Merry Christmas, and here's to a Happy New Year with many wonderful books and beautiful words!

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  14. Happy holidays to you too, lovely! <3 <3 <3

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  15. Happy holidays to you, Ana! I hope you had a wonderful time with M, and that you enjoy your week away with family, too. The next couple of months are my most dreaded of the year, with the dreary weather and cold and dark, but after that, things always seem to look up!

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